by D.D. Guttenplan
"Although the rating of colleges and universities around the world has been heavily criticized by educators and politicians, the academic rankings business is booming.
"Rankings, Mr. Schutz suggested, only really mattered in unequal societies — where that inequality is reflected in the system of higher education. “If we think about Scandinavia, rankings are not so relevant,” he said. “But if we think about India, rankings are extremely relevant. In lots of Indian universities people graduate without a sufficient level of English. There is a quality problem.”
"Christina Steensboe, a researcher at the Technical University of Denmark, agreed that rankings had little impact in the Nordic countries, where universities were financed by tax revenues and did not charge tuition. “My university is ranked highest in Denmark for engineering, and we’re proud of that,” said Ms. Steensboe. “But people usually just go to whichever university is nearest to where they live — or which specializes in specific courses like law or medicine.”