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ANU sliding?

By johnboy 9 September 2010 30

The Canberra Times brings word that ANU is falling down on its beloved world rankings.

The largest university in the nation’s capital dropped three places on the coveted QS World University rankings.

ANU was placed at No20 this week, its lowest since being included on the list, but it remains the highest-ranked university in Australia.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Ian Chubb, has in the past used ANU’s strong rankings to argue for better funding.

But a decline started in 2009 when ANU fell from 16th to 17th.

ANU’s acting vice-chancellor, Professor Lawrence Cram, said yesterday a university could not be boiled down to a raw data score.

You win some, you lose some.


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Drzaius 10:52 am 12 Sep 10

sirocco said :

Damn!

I put an “a” in that sentence when there was no need for one.

My high horse has just fallen in a ditch!

🙂

See, we all make mistakes while typing on the internet! It’s inevitable. It’s not the same as writing a paper or an essay. Anyway, we’re getting way off track here. Let’s go back to finding negative qualities about ANU to make UC feel better.

Drzaius 10:31 am 12 Sep 10

Thumper said :

as if you’re grammar matters when your on the internet

I need say no more.

sirocco said :

johnboy said :

and the possesive of course.

With the exception of the possessive for pronoun “it”.

“It’s” should only be used a contraction of “it is”. For instance:

It’s a laughable how bad Drzais’ grammar is

Ok genius, I was clearly being ironic in order to make a pun at my previous mistake. Didn’t you see the smiley face!?! Geez, you people need to get a sense of humour!!

sirocco 9:11 am 12 Sep 10

Damn!

I put an “a” in that sentence when there was no need for one.

My high horse has just fallen in a ditch!

🙂

sirocco 9:10 am 12 Sep 10

johnboy said :

and the possesive of course.

With the exception of the possessive for pronoun “it”.

“It’s” should only be used a contraction of “it is”. For instance:

It’s a laughable how bad Drzais’ grammar is

sirocco 9:02 am 12 Sep 10

Apostrophes are also used to indicate possession, for instance:

Unfortunately, Drzaius’ ANU degree did nothing to improve his grammar

sirocco 8:56 am 12 Sep 10

Apostrophes are used when you are making contractions or when you are bring two words together where you replace the missing letters with an apostrophe. For instance the sentence:

You will not regret studying for a PhD at ANU

becomes:

You’ll not regret studying for a PhD at ANU

or:

You all wish that you had got one of dem techno-fangled degrees at UC like me.

becomes:

Y’all wish you’d got one of dem techno-fangled degrees at UC like me.

Icepoet 11:30 pm 11 Sep 10

Drzaius said :

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

teach they’re degree

*facepalm*

Doh, that’s what happens when you write while pissing yourself laughing. Honestly though, as if you’re grammar matters when your on the internet. 🙂

Thank God they kept you home for the year 3 NAPLAN test Drzaius, you’d have brought the whole of the ACT down with that grammar.

You’re right in saying that grammar on the internet is not the most important thing in the world, but when you’re comparing your education to another person(s) and arguing that yours is superior, it’s usually best to demonstrate some level of competence in communicating your argument. Otherwise you just look like a fool.

Perhaps it’s time for you to head back to the ANU and in between undertaking a remedial grammar course, you could ask for your money back on that very expensive piece of paper that they appear to have given you without the education to go with it.

And while it’s possible you could be just trolling with your atrocious grammar, I suspect that there’s not quite enough up top for that, if you can’t come up with a better argument than ‘Oh, I was laughing so hard that I used the wrong word’.

Thumper 11:22 pm 11 Sep 10

as if you’re grammar matters when your on the internet

I need say no more.

Drzaius 9:20 pm 11 Sep 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

teach they’re degree

*facepalm*

Doh, that’s what happens when you write while pissing yourself laughing. Honestly though, as if you’re grammar matters when your on the internet. 🙂

Thumper said :

Honestly, if you COULD go to ANU, why would you go to UC?

Um, because ANU didn’t offer what I wanted to do.

And, unlike you, I can spell.

I did mention that some people at UC are there because ANU doesn’t offer their degree. Graphic Design, Nursing and Teaching just to name a few.

Thumper 7:38 pm 11 Sep 10

Honestly, if you COULD go to ANU, why would you go to UC?

Um, because ANU didn’t offer what I wanted to do.

And, unlike you, I can spell.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:38 pm 11 Sep 10

teach they’re degree

*facepalm*

Icepoet 3:03 pm 11 Sep 10

Drzaius said :

I-filed said :

bd84 said :

Where did UC place? Oh that’s right, they only measure good universities..

CCAE didn’t place anywhere near the top 200. It isn’t a proper university in any case.

BAHAHA! It’s so true! UC doesn’t even register on the QS Top Universities site; it’s clearly not a real university. See for yourself. UC’s not even included on the list of universities in Australia! BAHAHA!

http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/advanced-search

I think anybody defending UC is annoyed deep down that either they weren’t good enough to get into ANU or ANU doesn’t teach they’re degree. Honestly, if you COULD go to ANU, why would you go to UC?

Well for starters people who go to UC know when to use ‘they’re and their’.

Drzaius 2:37 pm 11 Sep 10

I-filed said :

bd84 said :

Where did UC place? Oh that’s right, they only measure good universities..

CCAE didn’t place anywhere near the top 200. It isn’t a proper university in any case.

BAHAHA! It’s so true! UC doesn’t even register on the QS Top Universities site; it’s clearly not a real university. See for yourself. UC’s not even included on the list of universities in Australia! BAHAHA!

http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/advanced-search

I think anybody defending UC is annoyed deep down that either they weren’t good enough to get into ANU or ANU doesn’t teach they’re degree. Honestly, if you COULD go to ANU, why would you go to UC?

Thumper 9:13 am 10 Sep 10

The time is ripe for the Canberra University of National Technology to take it’s rightful place at the top of the list.

NoAddedMSG 7:56 am 10 Sep 10

There are a few dire predictions floating around about the sustainability of the international student market, I know that some of it is just scare tactics by the unis to try and get the govt to write the policy they want, however not all of it is. Anecdotally, I have talked to a lot of international students this year who have expressed concern about how legislation changes have affected their chances of getting PR – something which will be detering new students, India and China are rapidly expanding their tertiary education sector and so on…. ANU needs to hold on to its world rankings because if the pool of international students shrinks, ANU needs to keep its pulling power and ability to have first pick of everyone.

justin heywood 10:56 pm 09 Sep 10

Jeez people. You’ve got one of the best universities IN THE WORLD just down the road in this little old town and you’re STILL whinging?

The cat did it 6:21 pm 09 Sep 10

ANU might get high rankings on the basis of its research, but it’s the overseas fee-paying undergrads that provide the income. Sounds like a bait-and-switch operation to me. How long before these undergrads realise they aren’t actually getting good value for their money, and choose to go elsewhere?

p1 5:56 pm 09 Sep 10

sepi said :

ANU’s high rankings are all for their higher level research.

Undergraduate degrees there are pretty poor in a lot of ways – enormous lectures, huge tutorials, lecturers away and not covered for, minimal personal attention to undergraduate students.

There must be a lot of variation between subjects. The only enormous lectures I ever had were first year stats.

I-filed 5:27 pm 09 Sep 10

bobbatty said :

Wow, talk about sour grapes. I KNOW that you were rejected from UC.

anu graduate and ccae mba in progress (I’m ashamed to say) actually

gospeedygo 3:54 pm 09 Sep 10

random said :

The rankings are ridiculous; you boast about them when you can and tell the truth when you can’t.

The Chronicle of Higher Education had an interesting chart a week ago comparing six different rankings (though four are American only). There is not a single measure of quality that all of them agree on.

Sorry I don’t read that, I just leave it on the lawn to pollute my surroundings with the plastic.

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