OPINION: True Lies about Universities Rankings

Miko-wisdom.blogspot.sg, 5 Oct 2014
Singapore NTU has secured top placing as the world's best young universities, according to London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), one of three major international university ranking systems. So, what exactly does QS Ranking mean? And of what value to Anyone is this latest NTU “achievement”?
An Eminent Professor has called the QS rankings “a Fraud on the public.” Another Eminent Professor said: “QS simply doesn’t do as good a job as the other rankers that are using multiple indicators”.
In fact, the United Nations Education agency, UNESCO, has challenged the validity and reliability of University Rankings such as QS Ranking:
“Global university rankings fail to capture either the meaning or driverse qualities of a university or the characteristics of universities in a way that values and respects their educational and social purposes, missions and goals. At present, these rankings are of dubious value, are underpinned by questionable social science, arbitrarily privilege particular indicators, and use shallow proxies as correlates of quality.”
Too much time has been obsessively invested by NTU and NUS in collecting and using data and statistics in order to improve their ranking performance on a bogus ranking standard of dubious excellence.   Full story
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