Journal article

To Rank or To Be Ranked: The Impact of Global Rankings in Higher Education

Simon Marginson, Marijk van der Wende

Journal of Studies in International Education | SAGE Publications | Published : 2007

Abstract

Global university rankings have cemented the notion of a world university market arranged in a single “league table” for comparative purposes and have given a powerful impetus to intranational and international competitive pressures in the sector. Both the research rankings by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the composite rankings by the Times Higher Education Supplement have been widely publicised and already appear to have generated incentives in favour of greater system stratification and the concentration of elite researchers. However, global comparisons are possible only in relation to one model of institution, that of the comprehensive research intensive university, and for the most ..

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