UNESCO Director-General pleads for balance in university rankings
A quality higher education for all should balance research, teaching and community service, declared UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova as she opened the UNESCO Global Forum on Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (Paris, 16-17 May 2011). She pointed out that comparisons between universities sometimes focus more on quantitative rather than qualitative aspects of education.
Participants in the forum include Qian Tang, Assistant UNESCO Director-General for Education, Jamil Salmi, the World Bank’s Tertiary Education Coordinator, and Barbara Ischinger, the OECD’s Director for Education, along with leaders of the international rankings community and education stakeholders from around the world.
The debates at the two-day Forum will shed light on the methodology behind university rankings and question their influence on education policy. Participants will also look at accountability tools for higher education.
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