World University Rankings and the Future of Higher Education

World University Rankings and the Future of Higher Education

Kevin Downing (City University of Hong Kong, China) and Fraide A. Ganotice, Jr. (The University of Hong Kong, China)
Release Date: October, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 534
ISBN13: 9781522508199|ISBN10: 1522508198|EISBN13: 9781522508205|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0819-9


Delivering quality education to students while remaining competitive at an international level is only one of the many challenges universities face today. To attain their goals, universities must adopt new strategies to achieve academic excellence.

World University Rankings and the Future of Higher Education is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly research on the implementation of a ranking system for higher education institutions, providing a thorough overview of the impacts of these rankings on educational quality. Exploring the benefits and challenges of this system in a global context, this book is ideally designed for academicians, researchers, students, administrators, and policy makers interested in the effects of university rankings in the education sector and beyond.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Benchmarking and Strategy Planning
  • Citation Impact
  • Graduate Employment
  • Institutional Accreditation
  • Open Access
  • Ranking Bias
  • Student Perspectives

Reviews and Testimonials

This volume offers a detailed examination of world rankings of institutions of higher education: the process of creating the rankings and the groups that do so, rankings’ impact on a country’s standing in the educational realm, and activities undertaken by numerous institutions worldwide to enhance their standing. Some of the 22 chapters are quite technical, dissecting the process of creating the various ranking systems and proposing new statistical or analytical approaches for evaluating institutions of higher education, given the potential bias of some of the current tools.

– Mark Schumacher, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

University administrators and faculty in education and other disciplines explore global university ranking systems, how they contribute to the notion of a world university market, and their influence on the strategic direction of many universities and the future of higher education. In sections on historical development and methodological issues, university ranking strategic issues, and regional and national initiatives, they discuss such topics as whether academic life was perfect before rankings, analyzing the disciplinary focus of universities: whether rankings can be one-size-fits-all, the development and outcomes of a new institutional ranking system for public administration research and scholarship, institutional legacy as a context of the implementation of international rankings in the Russian higher education system, and the King Abdulaziz University path to excellence: mapping between accreditation and ranking systems.

– Protoview Reviews

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Kevin Downing is the Secretary of the University Council and Director Knowledge, Enterprise and Analysis at City University of Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with a current Licence to Practice, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society with wide international experience including senior academic and administrative posts in Europe and Asia. His published work centres on psychology, education and metacognitive development. Dr. Downing was awarded the City University of Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Award in 2004/2005 for his contribution to the development of blended learning with the innovative use of technology. He is also the recipient of the prestigious International Award for Innovative use of Technology in Teaching and Learning conferred in the USA in April 2004.
Fraide A. Ganotice Jr. is a Lecturer in Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. Part of his research interest is University rankings.