Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi


Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral development banks and bilateral cooperation agencies.  Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. In the past twenty-five years, Dr. Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in more than 100 countries all over the world.

Dr. Salmi is Emeritus Professor of higher education policy at Diego Portales University in Chile and Research Fellow at Boston College’s Center for Higher Education.  He is also a member of the International Quality Assurance Advisory Group, Emeritus Advisor on the President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering, and chair of the Board of the Chilean EdTech startup u-planner.

Dr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses the “Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities”.  His 2011 book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, was entitled “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”.  His latest book, “Tertiary Education and the Sustainable Development Goals”, was published in August 2017.

Jamil Salmi holds a Master in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in development studies from the University of Sussex.