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Does your place in global university rankings matter?
The Higher Education Policy Institute's latest report on ranking has further stoked debate about how accurate and how useful international university rankings are. University World News asked its author and ranking experts to share their views.
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Why most universities should quit the rankings game
For mid-range national, regional and specialist universities and colleges, and their stakeholders and governments, rankings are a losing game – it is almost never worth the resources required or the changes in mission – and they present dangers for flagship universities too.
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Are global university rankings a badge of shame?
Governments, universities and potential students need to understand that international rankings of universities are essentially measures of research activity that are based on data which is unaudited and of doubtful quality.
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Rankings – A useful barometer of universities’ standing
While current global rankings need to be understood based on the limitations of the data available, criticism of them needs to be evidence-based and to take into account the positives as well as the negatives, which the Higher Education Policy Institute report fails to do.
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University rankings are innovating and improving
The Higher Education Policy Institute report on rankings contributes to the ongoing discussion of how to improve global university rankings, but is wrong in saying governments should ignore them, as they provide useful strategic analysis and are definitely here to stay.
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Towards a fairer and more robust university ranking
The Higher Education Policy Institute has raised significant concerns about rankings. U-Multirank offers ways to tackle many of them by offering a multi-dimensional and fair way to assess performance, and reflects the diversity of global higher education.