Tag Archives: university rankings

Ruth’s Rankings 29: From Bibliometrics to Geopolitics: An Overview of Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education edited by Ellen Hazelkorn

“…regardless of our views about their merit or otherwise, rankings matter” (Hazelkorn 2017, pg. 1) “Universities…are obsessed with gaining status in one or more national or global rankings…They should quit now”. (Altbach &Hazelkorn, 2017) By Ruth A. Pagell* (1 September 2017) Our first columns in 2014 introduced bibliometrics. We then presented the various rankings, their […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education Japan: New ranking – Same universities at the top

(4 April 2017) Times Higher Education released its first Japan University Rankings, using a new methodology which focuses on student success.  This methodology will be used in other individual country rankings. Data for the rankings come from a variety of sources. These include Elsevier, Benesse Corporation, Nikkei Human Resources, the Japanese government and the Times Higher […]


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Does your place in global university rankings matter?

(9 January 2017) Does your position in global university rankings matter? The Higher Education Policy Institute’s latest report on ranking has further stoked debate about how accurate and how useful international university rankings are. University World News asked its author and ranking experts to share their views. Read what they have to say here.


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Ruth’s Rankings 22: Indian University Rankings – The Good the Bad and the Inconsistent

By Ruth A. Pagell* (3 January 2017) The Good:  More Indian universities are appearing in international rankings, as more institutions are ranked. The Bad:  Most ranked Indian universities are in the bottom half of global rankings The Inconsistent: There is a disconnect between India’s internal initiatives and rankings and the global rankings Two current headlines […]


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‘Global university rankings data are flawed’ – HEPI

(15 December 2016) Governments and institutions should ignore leading international university rankings because they are “unreliable” and “methodologically flawed”, according to a new analysis by the United Kingdom higher education think tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI. But ranking organisations say that while they accept their processes can be improved, and they are […]


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The push for Asian HE internationalisation indicators

(25 November 2016) UNESCO has begun work on drawing up a series of indicators on higher education internationalisation in Asia to help universities and education policy-makers in the region to develop an international outlook and promote international higher education links against a set of solid, accepted, quality benchmarks. In early November UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific […]


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Ruth’s Ranking News Flash! Asian Universities fall due to changes in new U.S. News’ Best Global University Rankings methodology

(29 October 2016)  U.S. News released its third Best Global University Rankings on 25 October 2016.  The first edition in May 2015 (RR 11) ranks 500 universities on ten indicators. The October 2015 edition (RR 15) has 750 institutions and 12 indicators. This latest edition has 1,000 ranked universities with an additional 262 included only […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 21: Flagship Universities in Asia: From Bibliometrics to Econometrics and Social Indicators

By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 October 2016) About 100 years ago, Chulalongkorn was designated the Flagship university of Thailand. Japan designated its seven imperial universities, one science university and three private universities as flagships.  New initiatives have been introduced in the 21st century to strengthen selected universities and centers of excellence (Yonezawa, 2015. pg 177). […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! NTU Ranking: Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

(12 October 2016) Yet another ranking’s update offers  another example of Chinese universities rising as Japanese universities continue to slide.  In the first ranking in 2007 (HEEACT), there were nine Chinese universities and none in the top 200.  In 2016, there are 53 Chinese universities with eleven in the top 200.  During the same time […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 20: World Class Universities and the New Flagship University: Reaching for the Rankings or Remodeling for Relevance

By Ruth A. Pagell* (20 July 2016) Harvard, MIT and Cal Tech are all ranked number one by at least one major ranking service, but the flagship universities for their states are the publically (state government) funded University of Massachusetts and University of California Berkley. “The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Rankings […]


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Ruth’s Rankings Extra News Flash! – Times Higher Education Distributes its 2016 Asian Rankings raising concerns in Hong Kong

(By Ruth Pagell, 27 June 2016) I received an email directing me to the South China Morning Post article about Times Higher Education Asia Rankings 2016.  I had planned on disregarding these rankings since they use metrics similar to their new annual rankings and they only rank 200 universities, covering Asia from the Mediterranean to […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! QS Regional Rankings, ARWU Subject Rankings and new releases and rankings from Thomson Reuters

(19 June 2016) Despite all the debates over the value and impact of rankings, updates of existing rankings, embellishments to existing rankings and new rankings keep coming. QS Regional Rankings QS  released four regional rankings on 15 June 2016. It is not surprising that National University of Singapore (NUS) remains number one in Asia with […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Updated Rankings and Government Initiatives

(19 May 2016) The beginning of May has been a busy time for university rankings. 18 May saw the release of the 2016 Leiden rankings.  Times Higher Education (THE)’s World Reputation Rankings rolled out at the beginning of May.  India publicized its new initiatives to fund and evaluate its universities and Thomson-Reuters announced collaboration with […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! U-Multirank version 3 and New Subject Rankings

U-Multirank On 4th April 2016 U-Multirank issued a press release announcing its third global university rankings. The release includes a summary of the results.  In June 2015, Ruth’s Rankings 12 covered U-Multirank’s second global rankings and left the judgment of the usefulness of the tool up to you. The latest iteration has added about 100 […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 18: Rankings from Down Under – Australia and New Zealand

By Ruth A. Pagell* (6 April 2016) This article focuses on university education in Australia and New Zealand.  We look at the roles of governments in evaluations, national ratings and rankings, and the international rankings.  Australia and New Zealand have layers of government organizations evaluating quality through metrics and peer review. The focus of both […]


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