Danny Byrne. The publication of Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings on 3 October marks the close of what has now become an annual rankings season consisting of three major releases.
Shanghai Jiaotong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the QS World University Rankings are in their tenth and ninth editions respectively, while the THE exercise is now in its third. On the face of it, these rankings – with their widely differing methodologies, aims and results – provide the consumer with conflicting information. But there are a few issues on which we can largely agree.
We all agree that the best university in the world is American – we just can’t agree which one it is.