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ERIC Number: EJ815933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-17
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Man behind the World's Most-Watched College Rankings
Hvistendahl, Mara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n8 pA27 Oct 2008
This article reports that when Nian Cai Liu, director of Shanghai Jiao Tong's Institute of Higher Education, posted his first ranking of the world's top 500 universities on Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Web site, in June 2003, he thought the list might interest Chinese education officials, along with a few scholars of higher education. Instead he got a torrent of news-media attention, e-mail messages, and personal appeals from top university administrators far and wide. The ranking of the world's top 500 universities, which Mr. Liu called the "Academic Ranking of World Universities," relies on a formula that includes the number of alumni who win Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of papers published in "Nature" and "Science," and scholarly-citation indexes. Within a few months of Mr. Liu's posting, the Parisian press bemoaned the low ratings of French universities on the list, sparking a debate over education reform in France. And administrators from around the world were e-mailing Shanghai to challenge the rankings assigned to their universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China (Shanghai)