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Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education

The Battle for World-Class Excellence


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ellen Hazelkorn
    Pages 1-3
  3. Ellen Hazelkorn
    Pages 4-28
  4. Ellen Hazelkorn
    Pages 29-81
  5. Ellen Hazelkorn
    Pages 121-152
  6. Ellen Hazelkorn
    Pages 153-186
  7. Ellen Hazelkorn
    Pages 187-206
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 207-259

About this book


University rankings have gained popularity around the world, and are now a significant factor shaping reputation. This book is the first comprehensive study of rankings from a global perspective, making an important contribution to our understanding of the rankings phenomenon.

This book has also been published in Japanese.


education globalization higher education methodology university

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dublin Institute of TechnologyIreland

About the authors

Ellen Hazelkorn is the Director of Research and Enterprise at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and heads up the Higher Education Policy Research Unit. She is a consultant to the OECD Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education, and associated with the International Association of Universities.

Bibliographic information


'Hazelkorn's work is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding college rankings and the increasing impact they are having in the U.S. and globally. She discusses both the good and the bad that have come with the rapid spread of rankings.' -

'[an] excellent analysis.' - The Australian

'This is an important book that deserves to be read by academics, managers and policy-makers around the world.' - Australian Universities' Review

'The book makes an important contribution to the understanding of the rankings phenomenon and ultimately stresses that the choice of indicators is crucial and needs to be considered in tandem with their consequences.' - LSE Blog

'This book by Hazelkorn marks the legitimisation of rankings as a serious topic of academic research and that this work will provide important documentation which future research will build upon'. - Higher Education

'This is a fine study...Hazelkorn's principles, methods and major conclusions will stand the test of time.' - Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management