Title: ACA European Policy Seminar: From rankings to profiling
Organiser: Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)
Place: Brussels (Belgium)
Date: 15 Oct 2015
Summary: Global university rankings are "here to stay", as some higher education experts predicted more than a decade ago when the first global university ranking was launched by Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2003. In the past 12 years, not only have pioneers like ARWU (Shanghai Jiaotong ranking), THE and QS stayed in the scene of (global) higher education, we have also seen many more rankings, global and national, entered the ranking arena. As of 2014, ten global rankings were identified, with US News & World Report's Best Global Universities being the latest addition. The proliferation of global and national university rankings implies that higher education institutions (HEIs) can no longer turn a blind eye to rankings. In one way or another, HEIs have to either make use of rankings or minimise the damage caused by others using rankings to outshine them at home or abroad. On October 15, ACA's 47th European Policy Seminar will present a panoramic (re)view of rankings. We will look at rankings used as information tools, rankings used as marketing tools, the mutation and multiplication of rankings in the past few years, and the latest methodological changes in the production of global university rankings. More on ACA's website here.