Universities, Rankings and the Dynamics of Global Higher Education

Perspectives from Asia, Europe and North America

  • Hans Peter Hertig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-229

About this book


Global university rankings are now more than a decade old and this book uses the data they have produced to examine how the international landscape of universities has changed over the years. It offers new insights into the power and limits of league tables, a key element of globalized higher education that can be deplored but hardly ignored. Case studies from Asia, Europe and North America are explored to highlight the issues raised by a quantitative exercise that decontextualizes what is linked so strongly to local factors.

Hans Peter Hertig is a Professor Emeritus of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and a former director of the Swiss National Science Foundation and of Swissnex Shanghai. Trained as a chemist and political scientist, he specializes in science policy, cross-disciplinary projects, area and cultural studies and international cooperation.


Globalised Higher Education Education Policy Quantitative Higher Education Tertiary education

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Peter Hertig
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne LausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-46998-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-46999-1
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