Rankings – in extenso …

U-Multirank throws up surprises in new league tables

By Nic Mitchell – in University World News.

New global university rankings released on 30 March and funded by the European Commission, U-Multirank shows the continuing dominance by US universities for their research publications and patents.

But the results of U-Multirank’s second edition also reveal pockets of excellence around the world, with 148 institutions from 29 countries achieving 10 or more top A grades from the 31 institutional indicators used to compile the rankings.

Launched last year in Brussels, U-Multirank or UMR, set out to break the mould of traditional world university league tables, such as those published by QS, Times Higher Education or THE, and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2015033009083650

Rankings create ‘perverse incentives’ – Hazelkorn

Ellen Hazelkorn on the distorting effects of the preoccupation with rankings

By Mary Beth Marklein – in University World News.

A worldwide obsession with higher education rankings kicked off in 2003 when a small team of researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University set out to compare China’s research universities with their counterparts around the globe.

The Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings soon followed, thus setting “the cat among the pigeons”, says Ellen Hazelkorn, author of the recently released (March) second edition of Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The battle for world-class excellence.

Today, no less than 10 major outlets – most of them commercial – are publishing global rankings and another 150 or so rankings focus on a subset of countries, institutions or disciplines.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2015041014225416

Povl Tiedemann
April 2015

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