27 August 2015
There has recently been a lot of discussion about the role of universities in promoting innovation. Robert Tijssen of Leiden University has argued that “university-industry connectivity is now the third mission of a university, next to teaching and training and research” However, the leading ranking organisations have been slow to incorporate innovation or links with industry into their methodology. Times Higher Education, which has included research income from industry as one of the indicators in its world rankings, has now published, in cooperation with Elsevier, a collection of data that indicates that the culture of innovation is spreading beyond the traditional elite of the Ivy League and the Russell Group. The data is provided for research institutes as well as universities and is discussed by Ellie Bothwell.
25 August 2015
The proliferation of global rankings continues. The latest is a ranking of undergraduate and graduate fashion schools from the website The Business of Fashion. The first edition of the ranking has three indicators. Global influence is based on a survey of employers and insiders, selectivity in admitting students and finalists at international fashion competitions. Learning experience comprises feedback from students, quality of teaching and resources. Long-term value includes data about graduation rates, careers and employment opportunities.
19 August 2015
South-East Asian countries have become increasingly concerned with global university rankings over the last few years. Two Singaporean universities, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University have consistently performed well in the major rankings while Universiti Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) have entered the top five hundred of the Shanghai rankings, although they have been criticised for avoiding the THE World University Rankings. Other South-East Asian countries have done less well, especially in research-based indicators
15 August 2015
The Academic Ranking of World Universities, usually known as the Shanghai rankings, is generally considered the most reliable of the better known global league tables. It has a stable methodology and there is a modest amount of change from year to year. The top ten this year is almost the same as 2014. The only difference is that Oxford, joint ninth with Chicago last year, has fallen to tenth place. The top five are Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Berkeley and Cambridge but Chinese universities continue to make gains although the number in the top 500 remains unchanged at 44. The University of Warwick has been propelled into the top 100 by the award of a Fields medal.
10 August 2015
The recent African Universities Summit at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, reflects a new interest in university rankings in Africa and also growing concerns about the quality of the continent’s universities. The release at the summit of a ranking according to a single indicator, field normalised citations per paper, showed that South African universities were well ahead of the rest of the continent with Egypt coming a distant second. There were, however, some unexpectedly strong performances from places such as the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
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