Well I never! December 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The report by the UK’s Higher Education Policy Institute urges governments and third level institutions to ignore the tables, which claim to identify the “best” universities in the world.
The publication of some of these global league tables has become a major event in the Irish education calendar.
When individual Irish universities see their position in the rankings rise they seize upon this as evidence of their excellence. When their rankings fall the widely acknowledged funding crisis in the sector is blamed.
But this report says reliance on these league tables can actually be damaging to institutions.
It says the tables measure research activity to the exclusion of almost everything else, including what this report says is, arguably, a university’s most important function – the education of students.
The report says the only way for a university to improve its ranking is to focus on research at the expense of other vital activities.
Incredible. Who would have thought it?