Ranking organisations call the shots about which universities are ‘best’.
It is arrogant and hypocritical for ranking institutions to declare that they're building Africa's legacy or its global partnerships on the continent's behalf.
What are universities losing in their obsession with competition?
Competition can be a force for positive change. But in its current form, it's setting universities back rather than moving them forward.
Are Asian universities really snapping at our heels?
New analysis shows the secret to success in world university rankings isn't all about money.
Time to make research audits more transparent?
Making the whole process of auditing research open to the public could help reduce the capacity for universities to game the system.
China’s higher education sector is gaining strength. Should we be worried?
Chinese universities have started to rise up the world university rankings, increase their investment in research and grow their numbers of international student. Should Australia be worried?
Students protest outside one of the University of Cape Town’s main administration buildings.
Students and academics are fed up with the situation at South Africa's universities. One way to improve conditions is for universities to be run as institutions of learning – not big businesses.
Open days help students work out where to apply.
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Don't worry too much about university league tables – they might not be all they seem.
Somali university students celebrate their graduation. Universities that fare well on national measures may be ignored by international ranking systems.
The news that African universities will soon be ranked has generated a great deal of hype. But the initiative seems likely to be doomed from the start.
Australia’s universities all have pretty high standards, so how to pick one?
All of the universities in Australia are of a high standard, so what makes them so good, and how do you choose between them?
Any successful ranking system must shine a light on African universities' different priorities.
It is crucial that institutions around Africa do not shy away from robust and critical debate while continental university rankings take shape.
El Celler’s Joan Roca (center) is now number one, but do consumers really need to know that?
Even when a hotel or restaurant ranking accurately reflects quality, consumers may be better off not knowing.
Aerial vue of the Paris-Saclay campus under construction.
A huge project to bring together 19 institutions in France is to enter its first full academic year in September.
Lots has changed, but not this.
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As more people around the world head to university, the quality of teaching and research is coming under tighter scrutiny.
Harvard has around 20 times the investment of Australia’s top-ranked university.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne claimed his plan to deregulate university fees was essential to boosting Australia's place in the rankings. But no student fee rise will give us close to the level of funds of the top ranked unis.
Taste of success.
It’s that time of year when undergraduates who want to continue their studies are busily looking around for advice on which masters degree to apply for and school leavers are pondering their university…
In third place, Oxford University is the top UK institution in the World University Rankings 2014-15.
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From the “best beaches” to the “best slice of pizza” to the best hospital to have cardiac surgery in, we are inundated with a seemingly never-ending series of reports ranking everything that can be ranked…
Still the rising star. Three Chinese universities are now in the top 200.
Asian universities continue to stun the academic world. In just one year, four more have joined the ranks of the world’s top 200 universities. Now, almost one eighth of the world’s top 200 universities…
University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen says the government should look at the evidence before implementing the Commission of Audit’s recommendation to deregulate university fees.
The National Commission of Audit released yesterday has made a recommendation to government in line with proposals from some Group of Eight vice-chancellors that university fees should be deregulated…
Academics are accused of not contributing enough to society, but universities don’t value community and digital activities that get them out of their ivory towers.
Perhaps we should excuse comments made during the 2013 federal election about “wasteful” and “increasingly ridiculous research” undertaken in Australia. The real shock was not that shadow ministers could…
Each time a new ranking is released, universities and rankers dance the international higher education two-step.
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Whenever an unfavourable political opinion poll comes out, you can count on one thing: at least one politician saying they never pay attention to polls. And so it goes for university leaders when the results…