Monday, 12 September 2011

QS university rankings

Some nice quotes from David Blanchflower on the QS university rankings:
It is unclear whether having more foreign students and faculty should even have a positive rank; less is probably better.
Another way to improve the rankings of UK universities would be to replace the 20 per cent for citations with a 20 per cent weight to any university whose name started with the letters CAM or OXF; the ranking is that absurd.
and, most amusingly,
Or they could weight by the proportion of buildings on the campuses built before 1500.
In response, QS says its product is
among the most trusted world university rankings available
and that
...its rankings "intelligence unit" is "committed to the key values of rigorous integrity, undeniable value and charismatic presentation.
which really says it all.

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