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Ranking universities

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University rankings are “hot”. Some universities, policy makers and journalists seem to take them quite seriously. At the same time, however, they are also fiercely criticized. The best known worldwide rankings tend, for instance, to have a strong anglo-saxon bias and tend to give insufficient valorisation to human sciences. Read More

Are improvements and alternatives to rankings possible? Should universities care about rankings and let them influence their practices? Parallel to international rankings, research assessments have become increasingly important in several countries. What are the current practices of research evaluation? What are the challenges, obstacles and advantages? How should one assess the quality of research in a fair and equitable way?

In this book a number of leading European experts share their thoughts and research findings on these issues. The approach of existing global university rankings is clearly unsatisfactory but this does not mean that all ranking exercises are pointless. Furthermore, we simply cannot afford to ignore the need for research assessment if we want to uphold quality standards at our higher education institutes. Merely relying on bibliometrics is problematic - even if we can overcome the current anglo-saxon bias in citation indices. Both research evaluation strategies as rankings endeavours have most to gain from a multiple criteria approach.

The contributions in this book are a selection of papers which were presented at the International Colloquium on “Ranking and Research Assessment in Higher Education”, which took place on 12 and 13 December 2007 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The conference was organized within the framework of the annual meeting of the European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies and was hosted by the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

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Edited by
Catherine Dehon, Dirk Jacobs, Catherine Vermandele,
Foreword by
Véronique Halloin,
Contributions by
Philippe Aghion, Roel D. Bennink, Sonja Berghoff, Koenraad Debackere, Mathias Dewatripont, Gero Federkeil, Wolfgang Glänzel, Seamus Hegarty, Caroline Hoxby, Michel Lubrano, Andreu Mas-Colell, André Sapir, Philippe Vincke,
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Publishers own classification > Business & Economics
BISAC Subject Heading
BUS024000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Education
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06 Professional and scholarly
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Thema subject category: Economics of specific sectors


Publication Date
02 March 2009
Main content page count : 132
160 x 240 x 12 cm
246 grams
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Foreword | Véronique HALLOIN
Ranking and research assessment in higher education: current and future challenges | Catherine DEHON, Dirk JACOBS and Catherine VERMANDELE
University rankings | Philippe VINCKE
Evaluating research in Dutch universities: fifteen years of nationwide peer-review | Roel D. BENNINK
The Dutch research assessment exercise. An evaluator's point of view | Seamus HEGARTY
The CHE approach | Sonja BERGHOFF and Gero FEDERKEIL
On the "multi-dimensionality" of ranking and the role of bibliometrics in university assessment | Wolfgang GLÄNZEL and Koenraad DEBACKERE
A statistical approach to rankings: some figures and explanations for European universities | Michel LUBRANO
Why reform Europe's universities? | Philippe AGHION, Mathias DEWATRIPONT, Caroline HOXBY, Andreu MAS-COLELL and André SAPIR
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