Why university world rankings are meaningless

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The most recent in the apparently never-ending stream of university rankings, out today, shows no sign of reversing the 10-year decline in the performance of Irish universities – as a whole they are nowhere near where they were a decade ago, and at best it shows that the decline may have paused. Should this be a cause for alarm? …” (more)

[Bahram Bekhradnia, Irish Times, 19 June]


Universities struggle in rankings of world’s best

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities continue to struggle in world rankings as governments elsewhere pump more money into higher education. Trinity College Dublin is the best performer for Ireland in the latest global table, but it has continued its descent, falling to 108th, down four places on last year, in the annual QS World University Rankings. It is 37th in Europe …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 June]


Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities show little sign of reversing their decade-long decline in new global rankings. The latest QS World University Rankings show Trinity College Dublin has slipped further out of the top 100, down from 104th to 108th place, while UCD climbed eight places to 185th. Of the eight ranked Irish universities, three improved, three declined, while two remained stable …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 June]


IMI and UCD Smurfit School among top 50 for executive education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute (IMI) and the UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre have both been ranked among the best business schools globally. This is according to the 2019 Financial Times executive education rankings, which assess business schools across a number of criteria, including course quality, faculty, facilities and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Time for Dublin’s universities to amalgamate

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – People have welcomed the prospect of Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) gaining official university status (News, March 5th). Some will be surprised it did not already have it. RCSI has long been drawing multinational students into the city. Its elevation now would extend that role and enrich the college’s academic culture …” (more)

[Diarmuid Ó Gráda, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Do we really need a global impact ranking?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2019 by steve

International“Sixteen years ago there was just one international university ranking, the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Since then rankings have proliferated. We have world rankings, regional rankings, subject rankings, business school rankings, young university rankings, employability rankings, systems rankings, and best student cities …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 14 April]


Resources alone may not be enough

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2019 by steve

International“Universitas 21 has just published its annual ranking of higher education systems. There are four criteria each containing several metrics: resources, connectivity, environment and output. The ranking has received a reasonable amount of media coverage although not as much as THE or QS …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 6 April]


Irish universities among ‘best in the world’ when it comes to gender equality and climate action

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities rank among the best in the world in meeting global goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring peace and prosperity for all. Five of Ireland’s seven universities are in the top 100 of the first ever international league table measuring their commitment to areas such as gender equality, climate action and sustainable cities and communities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]
[Rankings data are here]


A New Set of International Rankings (II)

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

International“The Times Higher Education ‘Impact’ Rankings (which I described yesterday) just dropped a couple of hours ago. You can browse the results here. The main news you readers need to know is that CANADA IS AWESOME (at least if you give any credence to these rankings) …” (more)

[HESA, 3 April]


A New Set of International Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2019 by steve

InternationalTimes Higher Education (THE) is putting out its brand spanking new ‘Impact Rankings’ tomorrow morning in North America (it’s an evening launch at an event in Korea but timed to hit the papers at lunch time in Europe and for the early news cycle over here) …” (more)

[HESA, 2 April]


Bringing sustainability in universities up to the next level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sustainability has become a buzzword in universities around the world as third-level institutions write sustainability strategies and policies into their strategic plans – and pit themselves against each other in international ranking systems …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 28 February]

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UCD and Trinity have 12 top 50 listings for subject departments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Twelve subject departments in University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) rank among the world’s best, according to the latest global league table. Despite other international rankings showing slippage for Irish universities, some subject departments are among the strongest in the world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 February]


New ranking to look at universities’ contributions to sustainable development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2019 by steve

International“A new global university ranking looms on the higher education horizon, and universities might need to start considering how to deal with what could be the beginning of a global rankings 2.0 generation …” (more)

[Edmund Adam, University Affairs, 14 February]


Where does prestige come from?: Age, IQ, research or money?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2019 by steve

International“Prestige is a wonderful thing. Universities use it to attract capable students, prolific researchers, grants and awards and, of course, to rise in the global rankings. This post was inspired by a series of tweets that started with a claim that the prestige of universities was dependent on student IQ …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 January]


Measuring What Matters: On the Tyranny of Academic Metrics

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As an academic, I’m acutely aware of my numbers. They are the measure of my worth. As of December 2018, I have published 34 peer-reviewed journal articles (not bad for my career stage?), 12 book chapters (okay, but there are more on the way!) …” (more)

[John Danaher, Philosophical Disquisitions, 27 December]

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UCC named one of the world’s ‘most sustainable’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the only university in Ireland to make the top 10 in a list of the ‘greenest’ universities in the world. According to the UI GreenMetric World University 2018 ranking, which measured more than 700 institutions across 81 countries on how they perform across operations, educational and research activities, UCC is ninth best in the world for sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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The Future of Rankings is Excellent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

International“I’ve been in Europe for most of the past two weeks on a number of rankings-related projects. And as a result of these travels, I’m more optimistic about international rankings than I have been for a long time. Here’s why. First of all, we are getting a lot of new data at the international level. There are two primary sources for this …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 7 December]


2003-04: The Historical Hinge of International Rankings

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2018 by steve

International“Cast your minds back, if you will, by about 15 years. Paul Martin had yet to show us why great finance ministers make lousy Prime Ministers. The ghastly CROCS fad was still three years away. And in China, Professor Nian Cai Liu had just released the inaugural Academic Ranking of World Universities, known more colloquially as the Shanghai Rankings …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 6 December]


Smurfit School climbs in European business table

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 ‘Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings. The standings measure a school’s quality and range of programmes across a number of courses, including Master of business administration (MBA) and Master in management …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

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Interesting Times for Times Higher?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

International“Changes may be coming for the ‘universities Bible’, aka Times Higher Education, and its rankings, events, consultancies and so on. It seems that TES Global is selling off its very lucrative cash cow and that, in addition to private equity firms, the RELX group which owns Scopus and Clarivate Analytics are in a bidding war …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 November]