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Towards a fairer and more robust university ranking

In the paper International University Rankings: For good or ill?, published by the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI, Bahram Bekhradnia conducts a thorough and convincing critique of university rankings and highlights significant concerns. (...) - University World News, by Frank Ziegele and Frans van Vught, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442
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Are global university rankings a badge of shame?

The problems with international university rankings essentially concern data – in particular the lack of it. National rankings don’t raise the same issues. There are no data available on the basis of which to reach any conclusions about comparative quality other than about research: pretty well all the data used in the QS, Times Higher Education or THE, and Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU world rankings are research-related. (...) - University World News, by Bahram Bekhradnia, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442
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Could HE rankings be socially transformative?

That global rankings have made an indelible mark on higher education is incontrovertible. Their arrival at the millennium coincided with the acceleration of this phase of globalisation and signalled the transformation of higher education from a local institution into a global actor of geopolitical significance. (...) - University World News, by Ellen Hazelkorn, 14 October 2016 Issue No:432
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US university dominance challenged by new ranking

The United States’ dominance of the international university rankings is challenged in the latest edition of U-Multirank released on 4 April. Supported by the European Commission, U-Multirank claims to be the largest global university ranking and this year looks in detail at the diversity of strengths of more than 1,300 universities from some 90 countries. (...) - University World News, by Nic Mitchell, 04 April 2016 Issue No:408
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British universities slip down in global rankings

British universities slip down in global rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Change in methodology used to rate institutions means only Cambridge University makes it into top five (...) - The Guardian, by Sally Weale, 15 September 2015

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The Pros and Cons of U-MultiRank

The Pros and Cons of U-MultiRank | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
For its second edition in 2015, U-Multirank compared 1,200 higher education institutions from 83 countries, up from 850 schools in 2014. This European Union-funded tool presents itself as an alternative to traditional rankings. U-Multirank faced heavy criticism in its first year. One year later, opinions are still mixed. (...) - EducPros, by Marie-Anne Nourry, Translated by Nina Fink, 10/04/2015

 

 

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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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University rankings are innovating and improving

We welcome scrutiny of all university rankings and can agree with some of the opinions put forward by Bahram Bekhradnia for discussion in the recent Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI report, International University Rankings: For good or ill?.  (...) - University World News, by Phil Baty, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442

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Why most universities should quit the rankings game


We have one simple argument: universities around the world, many more than will ever publicly admit it, are currently obsessed with gaining status in one or more national or global ranking of universities. They should quit now. - University World News, by Philip G Altbach and Ellen Hazelkorn, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442
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Facs: tous les regards se tournent vers l'Asie

Facs: tous les regards se tournent vers l'Asie | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Quatre établissements asiatiques figurent cette année au top 10 des jeunes universités les plus dynamiques du monde. De quoi faire de l’ombre à la traditionnelle domination anglo-saxonne. (...) - Courrier International, 26/4/2016

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University rankings and research collaboration: interview with Phil Baty

University rankings and research collaboration: interview with Phil Baty | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An Interview with Phil Baty: he talks about the importance of research collaboration in improving performance in global league tables & university rankings (...) - Piirus Blog, by Dennis Relojo, November 3, 2015

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Top 200 universities in the world: the compiler's view

Top 200 universities in the world: the compiler's view | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ben Sowter, compiler of the rankings, on what they’ve done differently for the 2015 table (...) - The Guardian, by Ben Sowter, 15 September 2015

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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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