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Why does Switzerland do so well in university rankings?

Why does Switzerland do so well in university rankings? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Investing heavily in research and science has helped Switzerland move up the rankings. But as Kim Thomas explains, rankings don’t tell the whole story. (...) - by Kim Thomas, The Guardian, 1 October 2014

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U-Multirank – A university ranking evaluation

The number of international university rankings continues to increase. They fulfil several roles. Students and their parents, potential employers and sponsors need to have some idea of the quality of the places where they spend time and money.

Government agencies and university administrators want to assess the results of expenditure of public funds. Rankings have also become an arena for competition among universities and states for prestige and resources. (...) - University World News, by Richard Holmes, 12 September 2014 Issue No:334

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New study raises questions about global rankings of citations

New study raises questions about global rankings of citations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The possession by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University of more highly cited researchers than almost any other university in the world raises questions about institutions’ ability to manipulate global rankings.

This is the view of two researchers who last week posted on the arXiv preprint server a paper that ranks universities by the number of highly cited researchers who list them as affiliations. (...) - By Paul Jump for Times Higher Education, @insidehighered, July 17, 2014

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Universities: China's rankings rising

China's research spending is helping the nation to catch up with Japan in terms of elite universities.

China's higher-education star is rising, while Japan's is waning, according to the Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2014. Japan dropped two institutions from the top 100, whereas mainland China added four. But Japan still leads the Asian nations with 20 top-100 universities; China is second with 18, and South Korea third with 14. Thomson Reuters, which collates the data, bases the rankings on 13 indicators, including research and technology transfer. China has advanced mostly as a result of increasing its research expenditure, says a Thomas Reuters spokesperson, whereas Japan's research budget has remained flat. (...) - Nature 511, 115, 02 July 2014

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Russie : les initiatives d'excellence visent à faire entrer 5 universités dans le top 100 des classements d'ici à 2020

Le projet du gouvernement russe, qui consiste à faire entrer cinq universités du pays dans le top 100 des classements des meilleurs établissements d’ici à 2020, est "plus qu’ambitieux mais très excitant", écrit Oleg Alekseev dans la première édition de la revue Herb (Higher education in Russia and beyond), au printemps 2014. Oleg Alekseev fait partie du Conseil sur l’amélioration de la compétitivité des universités russes, chargé de piloter cette initiative nommée "5/100". Quinze établissements ont d’ores et déjà été sélectionnés et bénéficient d’un soutien financier du gouvernement pour atteindre leurs objectifs, parfois qualifiés de "pas réalistes" dans la revue. Philip G. Altbach, directeur du Centre sur l’enseignement supérieur à l’international de Boston, revient, lui, sur les initiatives d'excellence en Chine. (...) - AEF, par Axel Cadieux - Le mercredi 4 juin 2014 - dépêche n°481775

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Rankings – Higher education systems vs universities

International university rankings have become a familiar feature on the higher education scene. As their impact has grown, reactions have followed, running from enthusiastic adherence to passive resistance to outright criticism.

Thanks to the latter, methodologies are improving – guidelines and safeguards are being developed (for example, the Berlin Principles) and followed up (for instance, the International Ranking Expert Group). (...) – University World News, by Benoit Millot, 21 March 2014 Issue No:312

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L’évaluation des universités, une «farce»?

L’évaluation des universités, une «farce»? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
«Le classement de Shanghaï et celui du Times Higher Education sont très populaires auprès des administrateurs universitaires»

À l’occasion de la sortie de son ouvrage intitulé Les dérives de l’évaluation de la recherche. Du bon usage de la bibliométrie (Éditions Raisons d’agir, Paris), Yves Gingras explique que le monde de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur est agité depuis plusieurs années par une véritable « fièvre de l’évaluation ». Si le jugement de type subjectif et qualitatif rendu par les pairs et les experts est toujours d’usage, une tendance au simple résultat chiffré s’est installée, facilitant ainsi la création de palmarès de toutes sortes. C’est le cas notamment des revues savantes, qui se font attribuer un « facteur d’impact », mais aussi des universités elles-mêmes. (..) - Le Devoir, par Benoit Rose, 01/02/2014

 

 

 

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Rankings and a system of endless competition

Universities around the world increasingly compete with one another for resources. Within countries this competition occurs through funding mechanisms. Especially prominent is the international trend away from block grant funding to the competitive allocation of research funds.

Competition also occurs internationally as universities vie for the best research staff and students on what is approaching a worldwide basis. Such wide-scale competition can produce large gaps between winners and losers. (...) - University World News, by Brendan Cantwell and Barrett J Taylor, 07 September 2013 Issue No:286

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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, September 14, 2013 11:39 AM

I agree with the conclusion: 'Global league tables seem to reward input inequality with high status for a few universities. We suggest that the ultimate end of such status is not necessarily an improved national higher education system, however, but a global system in which competition is endless.' Nice to see one's own previous conclusions cofirmed by independent research.

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La Commission prépare un nouveau classement des universités

La Commission prépare un nouveau classement des universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La Commission européenne veut introduire un nouveau type de classement des universités afin d’augmenter la notoriété mondiale des établissements européens. Ce projet pourrait faire contrepoids aux classements actuels qui favorisent les États-Unis. (...) - EurActiv, 12/07/2013 (MAJ 19/07/2013)

 

 

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World-class university research requires cutting-edge infrastructure

World-class university research requires cutting-edge infrastructure | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

To make the most of the current financial climate, universities could use a clearer picture of funding strategy, says Alex Bols.

UK universities are second only to US higher education for their excellent research, which in turn drives the country's economic growth and pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge. The 1994 Group is running a project this year to identify the key elements policy-makers need to put in place to help institutions to build on this world-class reputation. (...) - by Alex Bols, The Guardian, 26 June 2013

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Are university rankings too powerful?

A new report by the European University Association, or EUA, on global university rankings confirms what most higher education leaders will have known for some time – the dramatic growth in the number and scope of rankings tables in recent years has begun to shape the ways in which higher education is developing worldwide.

The EUA report, Global Universities and their Impact – Report II, says that besides increasing the pressure on universities – and the risk of overburdening them – the rankings “are also now beginning to impact on public policy making”. (...) - University World News, by Alan Osborn, 13 April 2013, Issue No:267

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Russia: University mergers need to confront identity issues

Russia: University mergers need to confront identity issues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recently the Russian government announced far-reaching plans to support 15 leading research universities in their efforts to achieve international competitiveness and have an impact on global university rankings.

Selected universities will receive special state grants for development after rigorous analysis of their current positions and in exchange for a number of institutional transformations in governance and academic systems. (...) - University World News, by Igor Chirikov, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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Ranking-system doubts

Research institutions opt out of European Union's rankings scheme.

Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) do not plan to support the U-Multirank university ranking system launched last month by the European Union (see Nature 494, 273; 2013). LERU, which is based in Leuven, Belgium, and represents 21 universities across the continent, objects to what it calls a lack of reliable and objectively verifiable data in U-Multirank, problems in comparing institutions between countries, the temptation for universities to change policies or practices to improve their rankings and the burden on universities to collect data, says Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the league. He says that such problems plague all existing university ranking systems, and notes that LERU pulled out of a U-Multirank advisory group in 2010 because its concerns were not addressed. “Since then, we have not seen any evidence of a substantive change of course which could lead us to revisit that decision,” says Deketelaere. Individual member universities can still participate in the programme if they choose, he says, but he notes that none has opted to join so far. -

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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:41 AM

Nature's description of the situation is objective: LERU was part of the advisory group of U-Multirank but recanted. From my (U-Multirank team) perspective, there must have been an commnication problem, because I think my colleagues did try to get the best (reliable, valid and wherever possible verified) data base for it, and tried to communicate that with participants and advisory group. How to get back to better relations between LERU and U-Multirank?

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[Norway] Official study slams university rankings as ‘useless’

A government-commissioned study of the placement of Norwegian universities in global rankings – in particular compared to other Nordic institutions – has concluded that even the top rankings are so based on subjective weightings of factors and on dubious data that they are useless as a basis for information if the goal is to improve higher education.

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research commissioned the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, or NIFU, to analyse Norwegian universities’ placements on international university rankings. (...)  - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 19 September 2014 Issue No:335

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What counts for academic productivity in research universities?

Publication in high status refereed journals has become a major criterion of academic success in the competitive environment of global higher education. Appearing in internationally circulated journals published in English is especially prestigious. Universities are engaged in a global arms race of publication; and academics are the shock troops of the struggle.

At stake is placement in the global university rankings, the allocation of budgets from governments, national prestige, the ability to attract the best students and professors and a preferred place in the pecking order of academe. (...) - University World News, by Philip G Altbach, 18 July 2014 Issue No:329

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Rankings and university performance: a conditional multidimensional approach

Dans cet article de l’Université de Rome, les auteurs décrivent une nouvelle approche de classement universitaire qui intègre de nouveaux types d’information et utilise de nouvelles techniques de classement.

L’approche tente de surmonter les quatre principales critiques au sujet des classements universitaires : (...) - MESRS.gouv.ca, 07/10/2014

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The article from Rome university in English: http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~bibdis/RePEc/aeg/report/2014-09.pdf

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U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings

U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my perspective on U-MultiRank, following your publication of Janna Degener’s article, last week.  Back in 2012, the UK’s universities minister David Willets warned that the European Commission’s project to develop a new approach to global university rankings, U-MultiRank, risked being dismissed as a self-serving exercise. (...) - EuroScientist, by Sabine Louët, June 9th, 2014

 

 

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National University of Singapore tops Asian university league table

National University of Singapore tops Asian university league table | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Singapore and Korea stride up the QS rankings, while Hong Kong and Japan see their institutions take a tumble.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has topped the QS Asian university rankings for the first time, rising from second place in last year's table.

Singapore's other large public university, the Nanyang Technologucal University, joins the NUS in the top ten, rising three places to be ranked seventh. (...) - by Lawrence Wakefield, The Guardian, 13 May 2014

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The abuses of research evaluation

The famous Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, in which French institutions have not covered themselves in glory, made quite an impact when it was launched on the media and academic world in 2003. Since then, the debates around the various rankings of higher education institutions have continued.

Last August the French minister of research commented on this annual ranking, noting that French universities were slowly climbing the ladder, according to France Info– without explaining what that really meant in academic terms. (...) - University World News, by Yves Gingras, 07 February 2014 Issue No:306

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U-Map : european classification of higher education institutions

U-Map : european classification of higher education institutions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

U-Map is an ongoing project in which the European classification of higher education institutions is further developed and implemented.

U-Map offers you two tools to enhance transparency. ProfileFinder produces a list of higher education institutions (HEIs) that are comparable on the characteristics you selected. ProfileViewer gives you an institutional activity profile you can use to compare three HEIs.

U-Map is presented in demo-mode. It will be fully operational when the underlying database comprises a sufficient number of higher education institutions.

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[Belgique] Chercheurs universitaires: pour exister, il faut publier

[Belgique] Chercheurs universitaires: pour exister, il faut publier | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour définir quelles sont les meilleures universités du monde, les classements tiennent compte du nombre de publications scientifiques. Voilà qui augmente -un peu plus encore- la pression sur les chercheurs, surtout les plus jeunes d’entre eux. (...) - RTBF, 26/08/2013

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Nineteen nations in new ranking’s global top 100

An assistant professor at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Dr Nadim Mahassen, has just published an unusual ranking of world universities.

Mahassen’s system places 57 US universities in the top 100 but then drops rapidly down to England and Japan in equal second place with six each, France with five, Canada, Israel and Switzerland four, Australia and Germany two, and another 10 countries scoring one each, including the University of Edinburgh, which gets a separate mention as Scotland’s single nominee. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 04 July 2013 Issue No:279

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U-Multirank works to improve quality of indicators

U-Multirank works to improve quality of indicators | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The consortium running the European Commission-backed U-Multirank is working to ensure the quality and reliability of the indicators it will use to measure universities, University World News has been told in an exclusive interview.

Jordi Curell, director of higher education and international affairs in the commission’s directorate general for education and culture, said assessments were weakened by universities failing to monitor the professional success of their graduates. (...) - University World News, by

Carmen Paun, 11 May 2013 Issue No:271
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Classement des meilleures universités africaines

Classement des meilleures universités africaines | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Découvrez le classement des meilleures universités africaines. L'Afrique du Sud occupe pour la troisième fois consécutive le podium. (...) - MediaEtudiant, 09/04/2013

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How do Western Balkan countries fare with EU research grants?

How do Western Balkan countries fare with EU research grants? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In 2011, Slovenia received the largest number of EU research grants of any Western Balkan country, with 98 projects worth a total of €32,401,000 (Turkey was just ahead of it with 158 projects worth €36,685,000). (...) - SciLogs, Blog "Balkan Science Beat", by Mico Tatalovis, 05 March, 2013

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