World University Rankings: Are They Of Any Use?

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The Data and the Methodology

  • Number of publications
  • Number of citations (e.g. within the past 5 years)
  • Reputation in higher education and/or among employers (assessed via large surveys, sometimes including over 100'000 individuals)
  • Faculty/student ratio
  • Percentage of international students and faculty
  • Income (focus varies; may be institutional, research or industry income, or all three)
US News & Global Report Ranking Indicators (Source)

The Criticisms

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The Future (?)



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