23.05.2011 -

University rankings are here to stay, reports University World News

©UNESCO/Robert E. Sullivan

“International rankings of higher education institutions are here to stay, but classifications should evolve to give information that is more relevant to the needs of users such as universities, students and policy-makers, fits local situations and contributes to the growth of world-class higher education systems rather than a few world-class universities.”

So begins a comprehensive report on the recent UNESCO Global Forum on Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (Paris, 16-17 May 2011) by the Organization’s media partner, University World News.

The UNESCO Global Forum on Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (Paris, 16-17 May 2011), co-organized with the OECD and the World Bank, was attended by more than 250 participants from nearly 70 countries. The report includes a choice quotation from  keynote speaker Ellen Hazelkorn, of the Dublin Institute of Technology: "There are about 15,000 higher education institutions in the world, and people are obsessing about 100 - less than 1% of the world's institutions."

 

The UNESCO Global Forum on Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (Paris, 16-17 May 2011), co-organized with the OECD and the World Bank, was attended by more than 250 participants from nearly 70 countries. In addition, tens of throusands were reached via social networking website Twitter.

Related Links

Final UWN report of the Rankings Forum

Official Forum Website

UNESCO and Higher Education




<- Back to: Higher Education
Back to top