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ANU thrilled with latest rankings results

By johnboy - 4 October 2012 2

The Australian National University is making sure we all know they’ve done well in the Time Higher Education World University Rankings:

ANU has continued to perform strongly against universities around the world rising one place from last year to 37th in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings released overnight.

The result confirms the University’s climb through international ranks following rises in this year’s Academic Ranking of World Universities and QS World University rankings.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Ian Young said: “This is a very positive endorsement of the work being carried out across the University.

“ANU staff produce research and deliver teaching of the highest quality, ensuring this great institution has a competitive edge within our region and around the world.

“Our commitment to world class standards is evident in the improvements we have seen across three separate international measures of university performance in as many months.

“This upward trajectory is something the entire University community can be very proud of and is something we will continue to foster.

“It is very pleasing to see that ANU has achieved a higher score in the three key categories of research, teaching and citations. Our result for research was a particular stand out with the University scoring 83.5, up from 75.1 last year.”

Soundly spanked by the University of Melbourne however which came in at 28th.

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ANU thrilled with latest rankings results
ppt1ne 9:05 am 05 Oct 12

AsparagusSyndrome said :

Something tells me that as universities concentrate more and more on these ‘rankings’, the more they will (in Pavlovian fashion) divert resources into satisfying the limited and sometimes misleading measures and criteria employed by the ranking purveyors, instead of being great universities. Sometimes this whole rankings industry (like the partly-related publication citations industry) has a smell of commercial ‘racket’ about it. But what university is going to stand alone and call foul on this? It’s a trap and they’re all in it together now. I predict the emergence of more and more ‘rankings’ on the market. One day we’ll even see a ranking table of rankings agencies.

It’s true that many great universities will also rank well by these selected measures, but that does not always imply that the university is being as great as it could be for the people and nation it serves. An unhealthy obsession with climbing a commercialised ranking index can mean a distorted university environment and poor resource allocation.

Yeah bra, this s***’s a business

AsparagusSyndrome 11:53 pm 04 Oct 12

Something tells me that as universities concentrate more and more on these ‘rankings’, the more they will (in Pavlovian fashion) divert resources into satisfying the limited and sometimes misleading measures and criteria employed by the ranking purveyors, instead of being great universities. Sometimes this whole rankings industry (like the partly-related publication citations industry) has a smell of commercial ‘racket’ about it. But what university is going to stand alone and call foul on this? It’s a trap and they’re all in it together now. I predict the emergence of more and more ‘rankings’ on the market. One day we’ll even see a ranking table of rankings agencies.

It’s true that many great universities will also rank well by these selected measures, but that does not always imply that the university is being as great as it could be for the people and nation it serves. An unhealthy obsession with climbing a commercialised ranking index can mean a distorted university environment and poor resource allocation.

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