jump to navigation

WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKING October 5, 2006

Posted by wmmbb in Category to be ascribed.
trackback

The Guardian lists the top universities in the world:

1. Harvard
2: Cambridge
3: Oxford
4: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5: Yale
6: Stanford
7: California Institute of Technology
8: University of California, Berkeley
9: Imperial College London
10: Princeton

You might notice that these are all English speaking universities mostly from the US with some British institutions, which may be explained by the fact the assessement is by the Times Higher Education Literary Supplement. The article observes:

Beijing University and the Australian National University were the first outside the UK or US to appear on the list, securing the 14th and 16th positions.

Still it seems there are other rankings, but not much argument as to which are the best.

The University of Melbourne has again been ranked among the 100 top universities in the world in the prominent Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s (SJTU) Academic Rankings of World Universities 2006.

The SJTU has ranked Melbourne at a clear No 78 – jumping from No 82 in 2005. Melbourne has been steadily moving up the rankings since it first appeared in the SJTU rankings in 2003 at No 92.

Melbourne and ANU are the only two Australian universities in the top 100. Harvard, Cambridge and Stanford have again taken the top three places. Melbourne was also ranked seventh in the Asia Pacific region with Tokyo University in top spot.

I am not sure how these rankings are worked out, and I wonder why they do not assess particular faculties or departments. So what are the criteria for a good university?

Of course, seen from another perspective, this represents just another example of globalization.

Advertisements

Comments»

1. ABIGAIL AMOAH ADUSE - June 18, 2008

ITS OBVIOUS THEY ARE THE BEST BUT WHERE ARE THE REST OF THE UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD?

2. ABIGAIL AMOAH ADUSE - June 18, 2008

I WANT TO KNOW BECAUSE I AM IN ONE OF THE BEST UNIVERSITIES IN GHANA WHICH IS ‘KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECNOLOGY’ BUT LOOKS LIKE ITS NOT FOUND HERE

3. ABIGAIL AMOAH ADUSE - June 18, 2008

THATS ALL I WANT TO SAY

4. wmmbb - June 18, 2008

Thank you very much for comments Abigail.

There is no doubt bias in the rankings, since the top ten here are either English or American. After all it it the education people receive that matters, and that has to do with the quality of the individual. For example, the University of Wollongong seems to do well in some rankings

I am very pleased to hear that Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is an excellent university. There are many other institutions not included as well.

5. wmmbb - June 18, 2008

You prompted me so much Abigail that I have even signed up as an online alumni at Charles Sturt University – my other university.

By the way, if you check out the first of the automatically generated links, KNUST is listed as 78th in Africa. So there you are, Kwame Nkurmah University is not forgotten.

p. Clendenning - February 22, 2010

The top universities have the best libraries. It’s that simple. Nkrumah University has a horrible library so it is not ranked. Ditto most of the universities in the world.
Let’s start with #1: Harvard: a mere 8 million volumes. I have used the library many times: fabulous place and open most of each day.

So–if your university wants to get into the top 30 or 50, spend money on books. Otherwise, get in the queue for the race to the bottom.

wmmbb - February 22, 2010

I would have thought other variables might be significant such as quality of teaching and research. I had not thought of the significance of the quality of libraries – with apologies to all the librarians. If that is a problem then it is one that could be addressed.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: