12 November 2019

US business schools are facing a difficult time with growing competition from abroad and online courses and the need to adapt to changing demands of students and employers. Even so, US schools continue to dominate the world rankings of top business education programmes. The latest edition of the Economist’s ranking of full time MBA programmes is headed by the Chicago Booth School of Business followed by Harvard Business School. The ranking is dominated by the English-speaking countries and Western Europe.

06 November 2019

In recent years, Malaysian universities have reported some success in global and regional rankings. Leading national institutions such as Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia have performed well in the QS rankings while a private university, Universiti Tunku Abbul Rahman (UTAR), has achieved a remarkable score for research impact in the THE rankings. Malaysia has, however, done less well in other rankings and Universitas 21 has noted a disturbing gap between the country’s resources and its educational outputs.

31 October 2019

QS has published the 2020 edition of its India University Rankings. The upper level is dominated, as expected, by the Indian Institutes of Technology which take seven out of the top ten places. The methodology is based on that of the World University Rankings but with modifications to suit national priorities. There are three additional indicators, Staff with PhD, Papers per Faculty, and Citations per Paper. The weighting for the Academic Survey has been reduced and that for the Employer Survey increased. Citations per Faculty has been dropped and the weightings for International Students and International Faculty have been reduced.

28 October 2019

Reuter’s have announced the World ‘s Innovative Universities. This ranking measures the contribution of universities to technology through patents and articles.  It shows that some of the world’s most prestigious institutions are falling behind. Yale, for example is 20th and Princeton 65th while Oxford and Cambridge are well behind Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium which is in seventh place. US universities comprise nearly half of the top 100 universities. There are also nine German, eight French, six British, six South Korean, six Japanese, four Chinese, three Swiss, three Netherland, two Belgium, two Canadian, two Israeli, two Singaporean and one Danish.

23 October 2019

The US News has published the Best Global Universities rankings. These are entirely research based and do not include metrics related to teaching or third missions. The overall rankings this year contain few surprises at the very top with the first place going to Harvard. However, a glance at the indicator and subject ranks suggest that there are signs that Harvard’s dominance is in danger. Although the university takes first place for global and regional research reputation, publications, total citations and papers among the top 10% and 1 % most cited, it does relatively poorly for conferences and international collaboration and scores below several Asian universities for engineering disciplines.

The top twenty includes three British universities, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London, and one Canadian, the University of Toronto. The other 16 are all from the USA.

20 October 2019

Universities have often claimed that adequate funding is a prerequisite for academic research and teaching. However, a paper presented at the recent World Class Universities Conference in Shanghai suggests that this may not always be the case. A conference session discussed the factors that underlay academic excellence.

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