Tag Archives: University Ranking

Ranking of unis is ‘bad science’

Ranking of unis is ‘bad science’ | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 16 October, 2013

RANKINGS expert Simon Marginson has called on leading universities to band together and expose the weakness of well-known rankings, including the Times Higher Education and QS league tables.


University rankings a job for the professionals

University rankings a job for the professionals | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 20 March, 2013

UNIVERSITIES are paying about $100,000 a year to employ full-time managers dedicated to liaising with ranking agencies and developing strategies aimed at climbing league tables. The University of NSW recently advertised for a manager of strategic reputation while La Trobe was after a manager of institutional rankings. For $100,000, responsibilities included maintaining relationships with ranking agencies to “maximise” or “optimise” their positions in rankings.


Asia’s high-flyers challenge Western supremacy

Asia’s high-flyers challenge Western supremacy | Elizabeth Gibney | Times Higher Education | 03 October 2012

Losses for UK and US as Eastern excellence drives start to bear fruit. Outside the elite Golden Triangle of Oxbridge and London, the relative performance of the UK’s research-intensive universities is slipping, analysis of the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings shows.


University of Western Australia ‘the quiet achiever’ in rankings

University of Western Australia ‘the quiet achiever’ in rankings | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 15 August, 2012

THE University of Western Australia is the star turn among Australian institutions in the Academic Ranking of World Universities released today, catapulting to 96 in the league table from last year’s spot in the top 150.

It is the second year running that a new Australian institution has been promoted to the upper echelons of the prestigious research index.


UniSA defends its global ranking

UniSA defends its global ranking | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 07 September, 2011

QUESTIONABLE methodology played no role in the University of South Australia’s outstanding result in the latest global rankings, according to vice-chancellor Peter Hoj. Instead, robust performance in teaching and learning, together with a build-up of research-intensive staff, accounted for UniSA coming 256 in the QS World University Rankings this week.


Ranks reveal role of fees in elite research

Ranks reveal role of fees in elite research | Sean Gallagher | The Australian Higher Education | 24 August, 2011

American institutions continue to dominate Shanghai rankings, led the small news item in The Chronicle of Higher Education last week. It reported that Harvard remained in first place and that all but two of the top 10 institutions were in the US. The report identifies China as the rising star in research rankings.



Local Unis join the global 500 club

Local Unis join the global 500 club | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 17 August, 2011

RESEARCH Minister Kim Carr has claimed the performance of Australian universities in this week’s world rankings is a victory for his strategy to reorient higher education culture towards global competitiveness. “The federal government fulfilled its end of the bargain and it’s quite clear that the university system is fulfilling its end of the bargain,” Senator Carr said.


Coming up, body to rank rankers

Coming up, body to rank rankers |  Julie Hare and staff reporters | The Australian Higher Education | 12 January, 2011

FOR universities, the only thing worse than suffering the inaccuracies of league tables is not appearing on them. And if you think that the controversy that visited commercial league tables last year will settle, think again.”We are likely to see more university rankings, not less, in 2011,” said Simon Marginson, professor of higher education at the University of Melbourne.


New weights and measures throw up a few surprises

New weights and measures throw up a few surprises |  Phil Baty | Times Higher Education | 16 September 2010

Phil Baty looks at the rankings winners and losers and explains how weightings have affected results. The new methodology used to compile the 2010-11 Times Higher Education World University Rankings is more reliant on evidence and less on reputation, and has produced a number of eye-catching results


Rankings leap boosts Melbourne

Rankings leap boosts Melbourne | Guy Healy | The Australian Higher Education | 18 August, 2010

AUSTRALIA improved its performance in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings despite a stronger showing by Chinese and Saudi universities, analysis shows. The University of Melbourne, which leapt from 75 to 62 on the back of alumna Elizabeth Blackburn’s 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, recorded the biggest increase of any university in the top 100.