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ERIC Number: EJ926457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
We'll Support You Ever More!
Australian Universities' Review, v53 n1 p100-101 2011
In this article the author discusses public reaction generated by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. He argues that it is not simply that the methodologies adopted by the main rankers -- Times Higher Education (THE), QS and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University -- are diverse and open to the usual interpretation, but there appears to be a significant leaning towards the Anglo-American scene with no fewer than 18 American and British universities figuring in the top twenty of the THE ranking, with the exceptions being the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and the unassuming but almost Anglo-American University of Toronto. He goes on to say that the pathetic performance of Australian universities in the latest THE ranking headed by the University of Melbourne (36), Australian National University (43) (17 last year) and the University of Sydney (71) (36 last year), has for now at least, put the skids under the tertiary "education revolution". In order to have a more open and competitive system that truly reflects the new culture of public transparency that is the "My University" website, he suggests that Australia develops a more innovative approach to its own internal system of rankings by adopting the league table system of the English Football Association. Each year two universities will be promoted and two relegated and the university topping the Foster's Premier League will be declared champions and the respective vice-chancellors ensconced in Sudan chairs and paraded before an assembled House of Representatives.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Classification, Benchmarking, Educational Quality, Academic Standards, Evaluation Criteria, Research Methodology, International Education, International Studies, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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