University Rankings as a Special and Highly Effective Form of Communicating Scientific Excellence*

University Rankings as a Special and Highly Effective Form of Communicating Scientific Excellence*

Headline, Studies
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…
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Ranking Workshop in Budapest: New Cooperations

Ranking Workshop in Budapest: New Cooperations

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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…
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Dispersible Meritocracy

Dispersible Meritocracy

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/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…
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For the real ranking-strategy of the Hungarian universities

For the real ranking-strategy of the Hungarian universities

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THE PROJECT FINISHED WITH A RANKING-TRAINING Hungarian universities are motivated to have an insight into the methodology of global and regional rankings, and the potential of their excavation. This is the aim of the project, promoted by TEMPUS Public Foundation Campus Mundi  project (EFOP-3.4.2-VEKOP-15-2015-00001), and organized by ELTE PPK Social Communication Research Group. The research group, the leading scientific research center of Hungarian ranking research, (chair: associate professor György Fábri), organized an international workshop, as well as a training for Hungarian higher education experts. During these events the indicators and the performance parameters behind them, the relations between the ranking positions of global and regional rankings were revealed, and the rankings were identified as means of marketing-communication. The one-day interactive training closing the project resulted in a professional knowledge-base and a knowledge-network accessible by…
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Upcoming Ranking-Expert Event!

Projects
Ranking Training to be held on 20 June, supported by TEMPUS   Participants: – Hungarian ranking experts   Topic: the way we use university rankings and the way we should use them   Location: Kéthly Anna tér, Tempus Public Foundation               Ranking-Expert Event! Our team contribute to the ranking-workshop that will be held in Budapest on 31 March 2017, supported by TEMPUS. Participants: – international and Hungarian ranking experts – representatives of Hungarian universities Topic: – relation between university-positions in the global and national rankings. – reactions of decision makers and institutions on results of global and national rankings.
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Hungarian Universities in the Matrix of National and Global Rankings

Other, Projects
An example, see a short overview about position of Hungarian universities (2015): QS THE ARWU Leiden (impact) Leiden (collaboration) USNEWS SCIMAGO National: UP total National: UP academic staff 501–550 University of Szeged 501–601 Semmelweis University 401-500 Eötvös Lorand University 703 University of Szeged 78 Eötvös Lorand University 465 Eötvös Lorand University 511 University of Szeged 1 Semmelweis University 3 University of Pécs 601–650 Eötvös Lorand University 601–800 Budapest University of Technology and Economics 401-500 University of Szeged 681 University of Debrecen 56 Semmelweis University 585 University of Debrecen 519 Budapest University of Technology and Economics 2 Eötvös Lorand University 4 Semmelweis University 601–650 University of Debrecen 601–800 University of Debrecen 583 Semmelweis University 226 University of Debrecen 722 Budapest University of Technology and Economics 531 Semmelweis University 4 University of Szeged 5 University of Szeged 701+ Corvinus University of Budapest 601–800 Eötvös Lorand University 538 Eötvös Lorand University 354 University of Szeged 736 Semmelweis University 550 Eötvös Lorand University 5 University of Pécs 7 Eötvös Lorand University 601–800 University of…
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