ISSN 1756-297XIssue No: 0182 31 July 2011
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EAIE 2011

LH Martin Institute

Stepford Universities

HE Events Diary


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This week

University World News is on a two-week break over the northern hemisphere summer holidays, as in previous years. But for the first time we are publishing a debate series during the break, compiled by Commentary Editor MANDY GARNER.

This week’s debate asks: is too much emphasis being put on world-class universities to the detriment of issues like widening participation? With articles from ELLEN HAZELKORN, PHILIP ALTBACH and DANNY BYRNE. Also MARIA CHRISTINA PARRA, ANA JULIA BOZO and ALICIA INCIARTE provide a developing world perspective.

Next Sunday’s debate is on how much say students should have in how a university is run, and whether the increasing focus on the student experience might raise or lower quality in higher education?

University World News would like to hear from readers interested in writing articles for our popular Commentary section, which provides a space for academics around the world to write about important and topical higher education issues in their countries, regions and globally.

First debate – World-class universities

GLOBAL: Do rankings promote trickle down knowledge?
World rankings and the focus on elite universities are not promoting trickle down, argues ELLEN HAZELKORN. The concept of the world-class university has tended to over-simplification, ignoring innovative work that responds more directly to economic needs.
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GLOBAL: Don’t overemphasise international rankings
International rankings have put too much focus on world-class universities, says PHILIP ALTBACH. These institutions are important in boosting research, but their limitations must be recognised since they represent only a fraction of post-secondary education.
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GLOBAL: Are university rankings driving elitism?
World university rankings are not to blame for a focus on elite higher education institutions. They are about empowering prospective students to make informed choices and not about dictating long-term higher education policy, writes DANNY BYRNE.
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GLOBAL: Evaluate socially-focused universities
Rankings and other forms of evaluation that promote an elite cadre of world-class universities are not appropriate for the new model of socially-engaged universities emerging in developing countries, argue MARIA CRISTINA PARRA SANDOVAL, ANA JULIA BOZO DE CARMONA and ALICIA INCIARTE.
Full report on the University World News site

Some recent rankings-related articles

GLOBAL: Reputation surveys important to rankings
GLOBAL: QS releases final subject rankings
FRANCE: Responding to pressures to internationalise
GLOBAL: Ranking the rankings
GLOBAL: Europe's new ranking system unveiled
AUSTRALIA: Troubled history of an ERA
GLOBAL: A scorecard for higher education
ASIA: Japan falling, Korea and China rising
ASIA: Hong Kong and Japan lead regional rankings
GLOBAL: UNESCO debates uses and misuses of rankings
GLOBAL: Rankings bring Asia out of the shadows
GLOBAL: THE reputational rankings - a helpful tool?
GLOBAL: Building a new world-class university


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