The gravitational pull of global rankings consumes university energy and attention. But there had to be a better way to measure their value.
There's a lot to learn from institutions created to provide space for the many excluded from elite schools, including Indigenous-focused institutions that have graduated community-engaged leaders.
With limited resources and inadequate infrastructure, African universities appear to be under tremendous strain. But some are beating the odds and getting it right.
A higher education scholar explains how he came to oversee a set of college rankings meant to take a different tact than the more popular rankings from US News & World Report.
Nigeria's higher education system is the biggest on the continent but it lags behind on research output.
Global university rankings are based on a snapshot of institutional performance. A gain by one institution is a loss by another.
What university rankings mean for students.
To succeed, Europe needs citizens who are multilingual and open to the world. EU-level universities can lead the way with four key concepts: Identity, Diversity, Essence and Attractiveness
When it comes to choosing a university, a positive personal experience is much more influential for students than rankings or league tables.
It's unlikely that student protests are directly affecting South African universities' rankings. Instead, decades of government underfunding in higher education may be at least partly to blame.
Global economic realities shouldn't deter African universities from continuing to push for massification. But they must do so armed with knowledge, lessons from elsewhere and strong funding models.
Australia had more universities in the top 100 than any other nation, apart from the US and UK.
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.
Competition can be a force for positive change. But in its current form, it's setting universities back rather than moving them forward.
New analysis shows the secret to success in world university rankings isn't all about money.
Making the whole process of auditing research open to the public could help reduce the capacity for universities to game the system.
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 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.
Don't worry too much about university league tables – they might not be all they seem.
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.