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Around the world – Australia

Australia: Higher education remains a major political battle ground Down Under.  The Government has been trying for some time to force through major changes to the funding of the sector, only to be knocked back by Parliament. Now, they have proposed a new scheme under which funding for universities will be frozen for two years, representing an estimated $2.1billion cut, and then tied to Australia’s working age population growth from 2020. The announcement, made just before Christmas, sparked a major backlash from the sector. “Today’s...

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Other kinds of rankings

It is not only Higher Education that is obsessed with rankings; they are seemingly everywhere, perhaps given the media-friendly hooks they provide. An interesting recent example with relevance to the university sector is, the Bloomberg Innovation Index, which claims to identify the 50 top ranked countries in areas including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies. South Korea and Sweden top the list, but of major note is that the USA has fallen out of the top ten. This was attributed in part to the...

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Mind the data

The challenges of having effective methodologies and data collection processes were highlighted recently with US News & World Report pulling a top MBA course from one of its key rankings. Temple University’s online MBA had been the highest ranked course in USN&WR’s Best Online Programs, but has now been removed from the 2018 ranking after it emerged that self-reported data had not met set standards, based on the proportion of students who had submitted standardized test scores. Although such instances are rare, it is a reminder that...

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Rankings watch – ‘Tis the Season to Influence Reputation

New year, new rankings season! Times Higher Education has launched its reputation survey with academics around the globe, the results of which will feed into the next THE Reputation Rankings and 2019 World University Rankings. Invitations to take part in the THE survey are now being sent out by Elsevier to published academics. In contrast to the QS reputation survey, THE is by invitation only. As we discovered in the World 100 research project last year, there are real opportunities for universities to influence their academics in terms of...

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Spot the difference

How do you differentiate your university from all the others in the world when you are all, essentially, offering the same “product” – research and teaching? Websites are now the main way that students and researchers access information about a university so it is becoming increasingly important that universities are able to stand out from the online crowd. This is why our research project for this year is looking at the strength of online brands. Our project, Brand Snapshot: Measuring online brand strength in world-class universities, will...

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