University rankings and gender

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While I agree with Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington’s criticism of university rankings based solely on research output (December 20th), I cannot understand why a ranking system based on the number of senior female academics would be in any way superior …” (more)

[Ruairí Ó Crualaoich, Irish Times, 21 December]

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‘Why university rankings are flawed’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I fully agree with your editorial ‘Why university rankings are flawed’ (December 17th). International ranking agencies focus almost entirely on research to evaluate university performance. But educare means to draw out and thus develop students’ minds …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Irish Times, 20 December]

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A new Super-University for Ireland?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University rankings have become extremely influential over the last few years. This is not entirely a bad thing. The initial publication of the Shanghai rankings in 2003, for example, exposed the pretensions of many European universities revealing just how far behind they had fallen in scientific research …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 16 December]

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University league tables ‘flawed’ and ‘unreliable’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Governments and colleges should ignore international university rankings because they are flawed and unreliable, according to an analysis by a UK higher education think-tank. Global rankings tables by organisations such as the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings are highly influential …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 December]


UK research says university ranking tables flawed

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

“A study published in the UK has found that international ranking tables for universities are flawed and have the potential to damage the performance of institutions. The report by the UK’s Higher Education Policy Institute urges governments and third level institutions to ignore the tables, which claim to identify the ‘best’ universities in the world …” (more)

[The report is here]
[RTÉ News, 15 December]

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The Problem With Having a Single, Super University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The idea of Ireland having a single ‘super university’ has recently gained traction as a means to arrest Irish universities’ fall in world rankings and to generate internationally renowned research. Proponents suggest that Ireland cannot afford more than one top-class university, given our small population …” (more)

[James Shaw, University Times, 14 December]

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A dozen education issues set to dominate 2017

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Here are 12 issues you are likely to hear plenty about in Irish education next year, ranging from the baptism barrier to student loan schemes and from industrial action to preschool problems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 December]

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The sting of Irish colleges’ mediocrity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It could be a problem. Dropbox’s chief operating officer (COO) was talking about Irish universities’ relative slippage in standards. If you missed it, Irish universities have fallen down the international rankings almost every year for the past eight years …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 11 December]

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Financing higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent rankings by QS World University Rankings has shone a spotlight on under-investment in Ireland’s higher education system. Under austerity, cutting back on funding to Ireland’s colleges was recognised as an invisible cut …” (more)

[David Whelan, Eolas Magazine, 9 December]

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UCD up seven places in business rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has jumped seven places to 29th in the ‘Financial Times’s’ European Business Schools rankings. It’s the only Irish business school to make the list …” (more)

[Independent, 5 December]

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University Rankings in Perspective

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

USA“University rankings have proliferated at all levels, global, regional and national. Various rankings consider various combinations of measures of research excellence, specialization expertise, student admissions and options, award numbers, internationalization, graduate employment, industrial linkage, funding and endowment, historical reputation and other criteria. Among these criteria, research often stands out …” (more)

[Qiang Zha, Inside Higher Ed, 4 December]


Yale Engages with the Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2016 by steve

USA“Over the last few years, elite universities have become increasingly concerned with their status in the global rankings. A decade ago university heads were inclined to ignore rankings or to regard them as insignificant, biased or limited …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 4 December]

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Richard Bruton urged to downplay fall in uni ratings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education tried to downplay the significance of another dramatic fall in the international rankings of Ireland’s top universities. Internal documents reveal how Minister for Education Richard Bruton had been briefed in advance that third- level institutions were likely to continue their decline in global league tables for higher education …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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Time for a single super-university?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Philip O’Kane proposes playing the universities ranking game by creating a ‘marginal cost’ bureaucratic superstructure, rather than investing in staff and facilities (‘Why Ireland needs to create a single super-university’, Education Opinion, November 8th) …” (more)

[Neil Dobbs, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Why Ireland needs to create a single super-university

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Irish universities bemoan their international rankings and collectively call on the Minister for Education to increase their funding, so as to allow them to climb back up the global rankings …” (more)

[Philip O’Kane, Irish Times, 8 November]

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More on teaching-centred rankings

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

UK“The UK is proposing to add a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to the famous, or infamous, Research Excellence Framework (REF). The idea is that universities are to be judged according to their teaching quality which is to be measured by how many students manage to graduate, how satisfied students are with their courses and whether graduates are employed or in postgraduate courses shortly after graduation …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 2 November]

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Universities lag behind Ireland’s general intellectual creativity

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are disturbing messages coming this autumn from the global rankings of universities. Ireland is sinking: only one Irish university retains a place in the top 100 universities of the world and that is Trinity College, Dublin, hanging on by its fingernails at 98th in the ‘QS’ rankings. In one respected index TCD was not even originally included because it had inadvertently submitted the wrong data to the organisation that compiled the ranking …” (more)

[Conor Lenihan, Village Magazine, 24 October]


More lamentation from Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Rankings have become a major weapon in the struggle of universities around the world to get their fair share or what they think is their fair share of public money. The Times Higher Education (THE) world and regional rankings are especially useful in this regard …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 17 October]

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The Truth Behind the Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Life hands us a lot of choices. On a daily basis, a person is faced with thousands of decisions: when to wake, what to eat, where to park. The list goes on. For the most part, we decide in a split second. We don’t weigh up the consequences of every action before deciding …” (more)

[Ause Abdelhaq, University Observer, 14 October]

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Universities should not chase world league tables – HEA chief

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s top colleges should not place their strategic focus on trying to rise up international university league tables, the new chairman of the Higher Education Authority has said …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 October]

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