Inspiration

Strengths, weaknesses and dangers of university rankings

Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum

We list below a number of relevant issues which have arisen in the last few years concerning university rankings:

We would like to present a critique of four of the main international university rankings: The ARWU (Shanghai Ranking), the THE ranking, the QS ranking and the Leiden ranking. We will present them ranked from what we deem as the most honest to the most obscure. They are given a score out of 10. As we explained previously, we live in a society of rankings, so let’s ‘rank the rankings’.

From this short analysis, the current situation is clear:

Our challenge: to display a ranking which is reliable, transparent, and virtually impossible to manipulate.

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