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]


Time for a university rankings furlough?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“These are challenging times for all parts of higher education not least for the vital operation of university league table development. We all know how vital and serious these accurate university rankings really are and how fundamental to measuring institutional performance …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 6 April]

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Trinity Falls in All Five QS World University Subject Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has fallen in all five broad areas measured by the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2020. The College’s decline in subject rankings continues a trend of a downward spiral in world university rankings, which last year led it to call for a national strategy to improve the performance of all Irish universities in such rankings …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 March]

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In College’s Strategic Plan, an Unspoken Priority: Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, students had their first glimpse of Trinity’s new strategic plan, which promises to overhaul many aspects of College life. The document contains a raft of promises, such as moderately increasing student numbers, attracting more capital investment and placing sustainability at the centre of Trinity’s mission …” (more)

[University Times, 2 February]

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Boycotting the Shanghai Rankings?

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

“John Fitzgerald of Swinburne University of Technology has written an article in the Journal of Political Risk that argues that Western universities should boycott, that is not participate in or refer to, the Shanghai rankings in order to show opposition to the current authoritarian trend in Chinese higher education …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 January]

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‘Constructing a ranking of higher education institutions based on equity: is it possible or desirable?’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Abstract: This paper presents findings from a research project which aimed to rank Australian higher education institutions on their ‘equity performance’; that is, the extent to which they were accessible for, supportive of and benefiting students traditionally under-represented in higher education. The study comprised a conceptual consideration of how higher education equity might be defined and empirically measured, drawing on extant scholarly research as well as observations from key stakeholders, including equity practitioners, researchers, policymakers and higher education executives and institutional planners. Based on these findings, a theoretical framework for higher education equity performance was constructed, and performance indicators identified and subjected to systematic assessment for real-world application. The ensuing ranking system was populated with institutional data from the 37 public universities in Australia. The findings from this analysis indicate that a ranking system may not be the optimal method for assessing higher education equity performance and highlights the subjective nature of both higher education equity and higher education ranking systems.

Tim Pitman, Daniel Edwards, Liang-Cheng Zhang, Paul Koshy and Julie McMillan, Constructing a ranking of higher education institutions based on equity: is it possible or desirable?, Higher Education (2020). Published: 3 January 2020.


All the rankings, ranked: Wonkhe’s top rankings of 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2019 by steve

“One way or another we do seem to cover rather a large number of university rankings here, some of them UK-focused, others international and many of them really not very clever. All of them strive for greatness though in their relentless ordering of institutions. Inevitably though the question arises, who ranks the rankings? Well, here’s your answer …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 17 December]


Trinity College the highest entrant on FT’s business school rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the highest new entrant on the FT’s European business schools ranking for the year. This marks the first time TCD has returned to the prestigious table since 2007. It is in 60th place in the ‘rankings of rankings’, a list covering a wide number of academic programmes including MBAs …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Do business degrees have a place in universities?

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities serve many different purposes depending on who one asks. Some of these are obvious; they analyse societal problems and offer solutions to them, they train people to be better, more critical citizens. Some are more disputable such as whether they should explicitly prepare people for careers …” (more)

[Garrett Kennedy, University Observer, 26 November]

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UCD Academics Generously Paid As Push For Research Ensues

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD academics are paid some of the highest salaries in the country as well as having greater pay packages than their international counterparts. This may be due to UCD being recently ranked low in international research tables and if the university provides higher salaries to researchers and academics this positioning can be improved …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 24 November]

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Trinity tops college rankings; UCC and UCD joint second

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the top college in the country. The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 released today shows that Trinity has come ahead of University College Dublin and University College Cork, who are in joint second place …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 November]


Higher Education’s Stakeholders are Now Disagreeing – Publicly – on Basic Policy Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Ireland’s top universities in international rankings has for a number of years teetered on the verge of becoming a national embarrassment. But perhaps even more embarrassing is that this week, two of the most powerful figures in Irish higher education took entirely antithetical stances on how to tackle the problem …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Using Webometrics to Rank University Systems

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2019 by steve

International“Recently there has been some interest in ranking higher education systems in addition to institutions or departments. See here and here. But both of these efforts, from Universitas 21 and QS, rank only 50 countries …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 26 October]