Higher Education

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 397–399 | Cite as

Ellen Hazelkorn, rankings and the reshaping of higher education: the battle for world-class excellence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

  • Tony Sheil
Book Review

More than 1,000 books, papers and articles were sourced by Ellen Hazelkorn in the compilation of her impressive account of the rise and impact of global university rankings, Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence. Much of that literature focuses on methodological concerns while a much “smaller group of commentators has sought to contextualise the growing obsession with rankings” (p. 11).

Professor Hazelkorn is part of a more select group that moves beyond the contextualisation of rankings by observing the deeper impact of world, national and regional university rankings on policy choices, institutional behaviour, staff and student mobility and recruitment. This meticulously detailed work complements similarly impressive efforts by Jamil Salmi (2009) and Ben Wildavsky (2010), however neither of these focussed exclusively on the subject of university rankings. One senses that this book by Hazelkorn marks the legitimisation of rankings as a...


  1. Salmi, J. (2009). The challenge of establishing world-class universities. Washington, DC: The World Bank.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Wildavsky, B. (2010). The great brain race: How global universities are reshaping the world. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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