30 juin 2013

Rankings and accountability in higher education

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgUNESCO has released a new publication, Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and misuses, which debates the pros and cons of classifying universities. A UNESCO release says the book brings together “the people behind university rankings and their critics to debate the uses and misuses of existing rankings”. The book arose from the “Global Forum Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and misuses”, the first global consultation on the subject, organised by UNESCO, the OECD and the World Bank in May 2011. This brought together researchers, academics, policy analysts, students and institutional leaders. Read more...

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The right information for the right people

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Simon Pratt. University rankings and league tables are popular because they distil complex organisations into a single number and make it easier to compare institutions. However, it is impossible to accurately reflect everything a university does in a single ranking position. Universities are complex organisations with varied missions; some strive to excel in research, many focus on education while others are committed to supporting their local economy. Read more...

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Competition and controversy in global rankings

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Richard Holmes. Higher education is becoming more competitive by the day. Universities are scrambling for scarce research funds and public support. They are trying to recruit from increasingly suspicious and cynical students. The spectre of online education is haunting all but the most confident institutions. Rankings are also increasingly competitive. Universities need validation that will attract students and big-name researchers and justify appeals for public largesse. Students need guidance about where to take their loans and scholarships. Government agencies have to figure out where public funds are going. Read more...

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New entrant disrupts rankings hierarchy

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alex Usher. It is something of a wonder how, in 10 short years since they were invented, global rankings have come to have a fixed hierarchy of prestige not so different from the ones they seek to measure among universities. Even more wondrous is the way that top universities themselves – who used to offer powerful critiques of university rankings – now seem eager to defend the status quo. Read more...

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Rankings mislead with unstandardised scores

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgByKaycheng Soh. Recent research into university ranking methodologies has uncovered methodological problems within the most well-known systems currently being produced. One key problem is the summation of unstandardised indicators for the total scores used in rankings and this weight discrepancy can misinform and hence mislead. Ranking universities has been in existence for the past decade, since the first appearance in 2003 of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), followed by the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QSWUR) and then the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Read more...

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U-Multirank faces the critics

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy John Roman and Frank Ziegele. The UK Higher Education International Unit’s criticism of U-Multirank lacks validity and in some cases represents a misunderstanding of the facts. The unit published a policy note on 15 May, titled Update on U-Multirank, where the unit listed a number of concerns discussed in the UK. It came to the conclusion that “…the UK HE International Unit [IU] holds that U-Multirank may harm rather than benefit the sector. It seems likely that a number of ‘leading’ universities will not take part.” The U-Multirank team provided further information and clarification, responding to all the concerns mentioned. Read more...

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Abeducation – A new push for higher education internationalisation

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alya Mishra. Following the much-touted “Abenomics” floated by the administration of Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revive the country’s stagnant economy, Tokyo last week unveiled “Abeducation” to promote the internationalisation of the country’s higher education. Abeducation, Abe’s growth strategy for education to develop human resources that can “prevail on the world stage”, is the latest official bid to reconstruct Japan. This is in line with new economic policies such as injecting new funds into the economy and other initiatives to resurrect Japan`s sagging clout in the world. Read more...

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State to invest US$3 billion in giant education cluster

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Eugene Vorotnikov. The Russian government is considering investing up to RUB100 billion (US$3 billion) to establish a giant educational cluster in the city of Domodedovo, in the Moscow region. The cluster would be a Russian analogue of Cambridge and is expected to house the nation’s leading technical universities, particularly their academic buildings and sporting infrastructure. Read more...

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New technical universities to fill the skills gap

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Dinesh De Alwis. The Sri Lankan government plans to set up 25 technical universities and university colleges across the island, to cater to students who fail to gain entry to state universities. The ground-breaking move will provide job-oriented courses and create alternative learning pathways up to degree level for thousands of students leaving formal education. The plan is that job-oriented courses will upgrade students’ competencies, leading to degree-level qualifications and professional development. Read more...

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Challenges facing doctoral education

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Bianka Siwinska. Some 200 university leaders, senior managers, researchers and policy-makers gathered at the University of Warsaw earlier in June for the sixth annual meeting of the European University Association’s (EUA) Council for Doctoral Education.
These meetings give all stakeholders working with doctoral education platforms to discuss current trends and future developments in European and global doctoral education. The theme of this year’s event was: “From student to researcher; are we on the right track?” Read more...

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