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Cheng, Soh Kay – European Journal of Higher Education, 2012
"The U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems" released in May 2012 is a new player on the scene of university rankings, after ARWU, QSWUR and THEWUR, but with a different perspective--that of whole nations. It has some new features that enhance its validity, but it also shares some of the conceptual and methodological problems…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reputation, Universities, Institutional Evaluation
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Cheng, Soh Kay – European Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Notwithstanding criticisms and discussions on methodological grounds, much attention has been and still will be paid to university rankings for various reasons. The present paper uses published information of the 10 top-ranking universities of the world and demonstrates the problem of spurious precision. In view of the problem of measurement error…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Reputation, Institutional Evaluation, Error of Measurement
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Cheng, Soh Kay – European Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Equating the unequal is misleading, and this happens consistently in comparing rankings from different university ranking systems, as the NUT saga shows. This article illustrates the problem by analyzing the 2011 rankings of the top 100 universities in the AWUR, QSWUR and THEWUR ranking results. It also discusses the reasons why the rankings…
Descriptors: Reputation, Global Approach, Institutional Evaluation, Competition