University rankings don’t measure what matters

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

“International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys …” (more)

[Sioux McKenna, The Conversation, 14 September]


Trinity climbs nine places in latest world university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has climbed nine places and remains Ireland’s leading university in the latest Times Higher Education world university rankings. The university rose from 164th to 155th in the 2021 rankings. In all, the rankings bring mixed news for the nine Irish universities which feature in the top 1,000 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 September]


World University Rankings Put Oxford No. 1 But China Is The Real Winner As U.S. Declines

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

International“Oxford has been named the world’s best university for the fifth year in a row – but China is the real winner in today’s global rankings. And while U.S. universities strengthen their grip on the global top 10, this masks a long-term decline among mid-rank institutions, which are fast losing their advantage over their counterparts, particularly in Asia …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 2 September]


THE World University Rankings 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland‘The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 include more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date. The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.’

  • =155 TCD (2020: 164)
  • 201–250 RCSI
  • 251–300 UCD (2020: 201–250)
  • 301–350 NUIG (2020: 251–300)
  • 301–350 UCC (2020: 301–350)
  • 401–500 MU (2020: 301–350)
  • 501–600 DCU (2020: 601–800)
  • 501–600 UL (2020: 501–600)
  • 801–1000 TUD (2020: 801–1000)

The full ranking is here.


GMIT Hotel School named one of the Top 10 hospitality institutes in the world

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“GMIT has had a strong reputation for support local industry ever since it first opened in 1972, so it’s no surprise the The Galway International Hotel School in GMIT has been named on of the Top 10 Hospitality Management Institutes in the world …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 24 July]

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Trinity Business School ranked best in Europe for gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the 2020 Executive MBA rankings produced by the Economist today, the Trinity Business School has risen to 11th in Europe and 4th across the UK and Ireland. The business school ranked first in Ireland, and scored in the top five places for gender diversity …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 June]

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All made up: It’s the shiny new 2020 fictional universities ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2020 by steve

International“League tables are renowned for realistic assessments of university performance to give wholly convincing rankings of institutions based on thoroughly credible criteria. And of course all the top rankers are renowned for their steady eye and firm grip on reality. Which is why, from time to time, we need a bit more creativity in league table creation …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 26 June]


World Rankings Should Be Ignored, Say University Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Kathleen James-Chakraborty, a Professor of Art History in University College Dublin (UCD), wrote to The Irish Times criticising Irish universities’ approach to the QS World University Rankings. Eunan O’Halpin, a Professor of Contemporary Irish History in Trinity College Dublin, responded to her letter in agreement …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 24 June]


Trinity Business School ranks 27th in Europe in Financial Times Global MSc in Finance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School ranked 27th in Europe this year, according to the 2020 Global Masters in Finance rankings produced by the Financial Times (FT), and secured first place in Ireland for its MSc in Finance. University College Dublin’s (UCD) Smurfit Business School featured on the list at 41st place …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 15 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir Prof Kathleen James-Chakraborty is quite right to note the distorting impact upon Irish universities of their current fixation with world rankings (Letters, June 11th). It has resulted in efforts to game the system in various ways …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 15 June]


Should Colleges Fear a Cynical Government Using Ranking Jumps Against Them?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Five months ago, if you had told Trinity’s top officers that June would bring a seven-place rankings jump for the College, they’d likely have bitten your hand off. Then, all the talk at College level was about the importance of putting in place workable strategies, with little expense spared, to change a narrative about rankings that was fast becoming a genuine risk to Trinity’s reputation …” (more)

[University Times, 14 June]

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Trinity ranked 191st by the Irish Times Top 1,000 companies in turnover

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the Irish Times Top 1,000 Companies today, Trinity has been ranked 191st in Ireland by turnover and 49th by number of employees. This makes College the second largest non-profit business in the Republic of Ireland …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 12 June]

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Universities not ready for online learning – U-Multirank

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2020 by steve

International“Universities around the world were largely unprepared for a sudden switch to online learning prior to the COVID-19 pandemic – with only a third providing full online courses in some form, according to data collected for the 2020 edition of U-Multirank …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 9 June]

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Irish universities climb up latest global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Five of Ireland’s top six universities have climbed up the latest set of global rankings with Trinity College Dublin placing just outside the top 100. The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings indicate that the improved performance is linked to a stronger academic reputation and a higher proportion of international faculty members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 June]


Why One Former Campus Leader Thinks College Rankings Should Stop During the Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus has underscored inequities in American society, including among college students. When campuses first began emptying in early March, low-income and first-generation students were more likely to have lost critical sources of food and shelter. When courses moved online, a strong Wi-Fi connection and quiet place to focus were harder to come by …” (more)

[Francie Diep, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 May]

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UCD and IMI make FT executive education rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2020 by steve

“The UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre and Irish Management Institute (IMI) have both been ranked among the best business schools globally. This is according to the 2020 Financial Times executive education rankings, which assess business schools across a number of criteria, including course quality, faculty, facilities and diversity …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 May]

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Irish universities perform strongly in global social impact ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities have performed strongly in a new global ranking which measures their social and economic impact. The Times Higher Education on Wednesday published its ‘2020 impact rankings’ which seeks to measure the social and economic impact of universities under the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]


Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2020 by steve

International“The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach and stewardship. This second edition includes 766 universities from 85 countries.” (more)

Rankings for Irish institutions:

  1. Trinity (14=)
  2. University College Cork (32)
  3. University College Dublin (34)
  4. NUI Galway (68=)
  5. Dublin City University (84)
  6. Queen’s University Belfast (87=)
  7. University of Limerick (101-200)
  8. Maynooth University (101-200)
  9. RCSI University (101-200)
  10. Technological University Dublin (401-600)

How Reliable Are University Rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I think most of you probably know the answer to this question already, but now there’s a detailed study on this topic. Here is the abstract of a paper on the arXiv on the subject …” (more)

[In the Dark, 21 April]


THE‘s WUR 3.0 is on the way

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2020 by steve

International“… Times Higher Education (THE) is talking about a 3.0 version of its World University Rankings to be announced at this year’s academic summit in Toronto and implemented in 2021, a timetable that may not survive the current virus crisis. I will discuss what is wrong with the rankings, what THE could do, and what it might do …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 19 April]