Excellent scientists or scientific products represented scientific excellence for lay audiences and the media traditionally. The Zeitgeistof accountability and affordability has amplified the role of various rankings in this. Among the lists of citations, impact factors, publication indexes, etc., the university rankings raise the highest interest in the media and among science policy makers as well. The actors of science need to be able to recognize the nature of these rankings, beyond the methodological dynamics and problems. Because rankings are not mainly about higher education performance. These rankings show society’s media centered nature and its effect on the academic world. In this context there is a direct lesson for science communication: rankings are the media phenomenon of a postmodern mass democracy. They are considered postmodernbecause scientific and instructional performance as…
THE came out with the ranking of the best Japanese universities for 2018. The complete list is available here. Kyoto University tops the list alongside with the University of Tokyo. The metrics are slightly different this year, focusing more on the student-factor, such as the share of international students and the number of students in international exchange programmes. It also caused a drop for Tohoku University from the second to the third place. Source: Times Higher Education 28/03/18
The event will host the launch of THE’s Emerging Economies Ranking. It will be held in partnership with Mohammed V University of Rabat from 8 to 10 May 2018. There will be different presentations, panels and discussions about topics such as how public research universities can encourage further private sector investment in tertiary education or how higher education can prove the returns on national investment. It is still possible to register for the event. Source: Times Higher Education 16/03/18
This article collected the best Australian universities in every subject QS has ranked in its newest Subject Ranking. Overall 34 Australian universities are featured on the lists. In most areas Melbourne University seems to have obtained the best positions in Australia. Many of the subject rankings also feature The Australian National University (ANU).
QS finally published their newest annual subject ranking. The ranking includes 48 subject fields, among them two new ones: classics & ancient history, and library & information management. Harvard university ranks first in most subjects, the second place is obtained by MIT, while Oxford University is third. The rankings are available here.
The Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Education and Psychology welcomed three leading ranking experts for a two-day visit in Budapest. The idea of this event comes from the research of the ELTE’s Social Communication Research Group, which carries out a special project analysing rankings on the academic level and implementing these in the practice of higher education management. The ELTE, one of the flagships of the Hungarian higher education, for the improvement of international positions of other universities too, considered it important to organise a meeting for Hungarian university representatives and ranking experts. [caption id="attachment_4836" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Waldemar Siwinski, Gero Federkeil, Dmitry Grishankov[/caption] The three guests are important figures of the international ranking world and members of the Executive Committee of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence: Waldemar…
THE will present a new ranking focused on universities’ impact on society to be launched in April 2019. THE has already started collecting data on university-business interactions. The ranking will be presented at the Innovation and Impact Summit that THE will hold in partnership with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. Source: Times Higher Education 14/02/18
/Part of Volume "Measured or Communicated? – University Rankings as the Media Representations of Higher Education" by Gyorgy Fabri My argument therefore is based on the notion competence hat there has been a much wider change in the social perception of the rankings, which points far beyond the issue of rankings. The professional (scientific and educational) performance of universities had been acknowledged by a social consensus several hundreds of years old as part of the competence of the academic world – and this changed drastically by the end of the 20th century. And this is not obvious in the sense that it is quite difficult to give an answer within higher education to the question why the professional activities of a university professor or a student wishing to study should be…
There is a significant decline in applications and enrolments of international students in U.S. universities and colleges for the first time since 2003. It seems the new immigration policies of the United States make the international students think twice before coming to the U.S. to study. While they are rarely affected by the policies directly, their perception of the country as a welcoming one for students and scholars has been influenced by them.
More than 15 university presidents will speak at THE’s World Academic Summit between 25-27 of September along other speakers. The topic of the summit will be “The transformative power of research: advancing knowledge, driving economies, building nations”. The summit will take place at the National University of Singapore.