Global University Rankings, an Alternative and Their Impacts

  • Don F. Westerheijden


Rankings have been debated in higher education since more than two decades, when the US News & World Report made an impact on the higher education community with its first college ranking. The debate reached new heights of intensity since global university rankings appeared, shortly after the turn of the century. This chapter will focus on the rise of those global university2 rankings, and as I am a member of the team that developed U-Multirank (full disclosure), I will present U-Multirank as an alternative to the first three global university rankings: the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. Besides methodological issues, in this chapter I will give attention to the impacts these rankings have, including U-Multirank. As the findings regarding impacts turn out to be not unequivocally positive, should we stop producing or reading them — will there be a fall of rankings?


High Education Institution High Education System League Table High Education Policy Global Ranking 
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