Global University Rankings

Challenges for European Higher Education

  • Tero Erkkilä

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Global University Rankings: History, Concepts and International Developments

  3. University Rankings and Institutional Competition: Commodification, Stratification and Uniformity

  4. University Rankings and Disciplinarity: Challenges for Social Sciences and Humanities

  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Tero Erkkilä
      Pages 236-246
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-255

About this book


Global University Rankings explores the novel topic of global university rankings and their effects on higher education in Europe. The contributions in this volume outline different discourses on global university rankings and explore the related changes concerning European higher education policies, disciplinary traditions and higher education institutions. The first global university rankings were published less than a decade ago, but these policy instruments have become highly influential in shaping the approaches and institutional realities of higher education. The rankings have portrayed European academic institutions in a varying light. There is intense reflexivity over the figures, leading to ideational changes and institutional adaptation that take surprisingly similar forms in different European countries. The contributions in this book critically assess global university rankings as a policy discourse that would seem to be instrumental to higher education reform throughout Europe.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tero Erkkilä
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-45189-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-29687-0
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