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Global university rankings implicitly reproduce the belief that wealthy, inequitable institutions should be replicated. (Shutterstock)

Ignore university rankings, but make higher education an election issue

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.
How do universities measure their success? How should they? Ben Beiske\Flickr

Universities should change the way they measure success

Currently universities have a vast array of measures they use to gauge how successful they are. Most of the measures have a lot to do with prestige and not much to do with the outcomes of their graduates or the quality of the education their students receive.
Australia has more universities under 50 years old in the top 100 than any other country. Frank Gehry Building, UTS From AAP

Why are young Australian unis punching above their weight?

The latest Times Higher Education rankings of universities under 50 years old paints a positive picture for the Australian higher education sector.
In third place, Oxford University is the top UK institution in the World University Rankings 2014-15. Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

What do world university rankings actually mean?

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…
Each time a new ranking is released, universities and rankers dance the international higher education two-step. Dance image from

The ritual dance of university rankings

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…
A prize for everyone in rankings season. RichardTurnerPhotography

What rankings don’t tell you about university excellence

Autumn is the season for university rankings. We’ve already had the the Academic Ranking of World Universities, produced in Shanghai, the QS ranking and the Leiden Ranking. Now the Times Higher Education…
A diverse bunch, united against rankings. Celso Flores

Europe slides in Times Higher Education rankings

Some of the top institutions in Europe have dropped down the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2013. The UK and US continue to dominate while leaders in France, Germany, Netherlands…
New rankings show Australian universities are losing ground. University image from

University rankings show Asian rise and Australian slip

Australia’s top universities are losing ground as Asian universities are on the rise, according to the latest university rankings out today. The results from the Times Higher Education (THE) world university…
Ranking universities is useful for only understanding the bigger picture. University image from

Limited numbers: what university rankings can (and can’t) tell us

The release of The Times Higher Education World University Rankings will be welcomed by many people in the Australian university sector. See the full list of The Times Higher Education World University…
A focus on research has paid off for the University of Melbourne. Steel Wool/Flickr

Research funding pays off as Australian unis power ahead in rankings

Research funding has never been more important to Australian universities say experts, after Australia gained ground in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University of Melbourne…
Universities need to play closer attention to how they teach students, not just rankings. University image from

When rankings and research rules, students come last

The Times Higher Education rankings will be released tomorrow and universities around the world will be clamouring to find out how they place. As all academics know, rankings are closely tied to research…
Times Higher Education Rankings editor Phil Baty says university rankings should come with health warnings, but will still be used by students despite growing criticism. AAP

University rankings here to stay, but should come with ‘health warnings’

University rankings should come with “health warnings” and clear methodological information, but will continue to grow in influence and reach, despite criticism, says the editor of the Times Higher Education…
The measurement of many dimensions is sometimes reduced to a single value. Julie Magro

Made to measure? Why university rankings are flawed

An unwritten law has emerged in both the sciences and social sciences – that it is better to measure than not to measure. Perhaps our affinity to measurement is attributable to Galileo who is purported…

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