Rankings revisited: the use and misuse of university rankings

July 26, 2016 8:30 - 9:45 am


Rankings have become an increasingly important tool for policy makers and university senior management; they can make or break careers and institutions. Universities combine both their primary educational role with research. They are increasingly expected to fulfil a 'third mission' in generating innovation and supporting societal well-being. Can rankings contribute to these roles in a meaningful way or are they subject to misinterpretation and misuse? Do rankings force universities into the same mould? Do reputation weightings skew against new and rising institutions? How transparent are rankings? Do students really use rankings in selecting their universities? The aim is to create new global standards that enable institutional benchmarking, and to cover the entire spectrum of research activities.

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