Top 100 – at what cost?

Ireland“News of UCD’s entry into the top 100 of the Times Higher Education/QS World University Rankings is undoubtedly a cause for celebration in UCD’s upper echelons. Higher places in league tables equals greater recognition for the university and thus will attract more students and funding. But at what cost has this come? While no one can say that the rankings are bad press for UCD, one must question the evaluation criteria used by Times Higher Education and QS in compiling these results. UCD has been consistently in debt for at least the last five years, and the current economic climate has not done us any favours. How is it that we are moving up the list? …” (more)

[Bridget Fitzsimons, University Observer, 13 October]

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