We live in an age of accountability. Public expenditure must be measured in terms of its impact and effective deployment in order to satisfy the requirements of democratic states (RANSON, 2003)). One area in which this has had noticeable impact is in higher education, with institutions under pressure to demonstrate effective deployment of resources in a […]
Originally starting out as a partnership between Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds, before splitting in 2007 into two separate rankings powered by separate ranking compilers
This ranking was previously published by Thomson Reuters, but following the acquisition of their intellectual property wing in 2017 by Clarivate Analytics, who still continue the ranking under the Reuters name.
The Webometrics Ranking has been built and maintained since 2004, and runs on a six monthly, rather than annual, publication cycle. Instead of seeking to represent the university itself, the Webometrics ranking is a measure of the online impact and profile of an institution.
Unlike the other rankings in consideration, the U21 ranking does not measure the quality of universities, but in the strength of higher education systems, aiming to show how universities function within their local environments, and how supportive their local environments are for creating strong university systems.
U-Multirank is a comprehensive benchmarking tool for universities produced by CWTS. Instead of aiming to rank and find the ‘best’ university from a global list, it instead aims to offer comparative benchmarking of performance from user defined criteria based on location, size and institutional focus.
The URAP ranking forms part of the Turkish modernisation and excellence projects. As such it is oriented towards comparing and building the capacity of MENA institutions compared to their global counterparts.
The Leiden ranking seeks to represent only scholarly impact and collaboration through the Clarivate Web of Science. As such it is much more limited in scope than the main rankings.
The National Taiwan University Ranking (formerly known as HEEACT) is a measurement of the performance of a university in articles published in peer reviewed journals on the Web of Science. It does not measure teaching performance, employability, nothing of student experience, is not interested in inputs, funding, infrastructure, patents or innovation.
The Times Higher and Quacquarelli Symonds rankings split in 2009 over disputes over the validity of results being produced, and especially The new THE uses a set of thirteen different metrics in an attempt to represent a broader variety of institutional aspects.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking was the first of the global university rankings, launched in 2003 as part of China’s Project 985 to modernise their higher education system.