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View from the Forest recap: University Rankings, How Do They Work and Are They Important?

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Caption: In the 15th episode of View from the Forest, MSM Higher Ed president Donna Hooker shares her thoughts about university rankings and how they affect higher education institutions around the world. (PEXELS)

On the 15th episode of View From The Forest, MSM Higher Ed president Donna Hooker shared her thoughts on University Rankings and how they affect higher education institutions from around the world.

Key Points at a Glance

  • The top three university rankings are QS World Rankings of Universities, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World.
  • Every ranking is different and each needs to be taken into consideration with a range of factors.
  • Major global rankings are less likely to highlight the great student and support services, among others.
  • Besides the rankings, institutions still have noteworthy features making them the perfect place for learners and educators.

To begin, Donna reminded her audience of the “top three” global university rankings: QS World Rankings of Universities, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World.

“Every ranking is different and each needs to be taken into consideration with a range of factors,” said Donna.

“QS World Ranking of Universities gauges universities’ performance across teaching, research, employability, and internationalization, and uses six performance indicators to calculate the overall scores,” shared Donna on her thoughts about QS, the most widely viewed university ranking according to Alexa Internet.

“ARWU assesses university performance based on indicators that include the number of alumni and staff who won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals and those highly recognized researchers in the science field,” said Donna about the university ranking once known as Shanghai Jiao Tong Index.

“[Times Higher Education] ranks world-class universities based on their core missions, including teaching and research, using tough, global standards,” said Donna.

In spite of these, Donna encourages institutions that there is more to the mission of education than just placing on the university rankings.

“While there is a belief that these help maintain the standing and reputation of an institution, major global rankings are less likely to highlight the great student and support services, diverse student associations, modern education facilities, and broad range of study options like scholarships and pathways programs.”

“I’m sure there are other noteworthy features that make your institution a great place for educators and learners alike,” she added.

Watch Episode 15 for more information. For more “View from the Forest” episodes, check out the MSM Higher Ed YouTube channel and click subscribe for more videos.

DONNA HOOKER

President, MSM Higher Ed

Donna Hooker has worked in the international education field for 30 years. She has a comprehensive knowledge of policy and practise in the public post-secondary education system in British Columbia, Canada and worldwide. She is a past board chair for the BC Centre for International Education and has held senior management roles at BC Institute for Technology, Vancouver Community College, and most recently at Capilano University.

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Donna Hooker, MSM Higher Ed President

Donna Hooker, MSM Higher Ed President, takes you to her lush home in Upper Fraser Valley, British Columbia to talk about different trends and issues affecting the international education industry. Watch, learn and subscribe to the channel to get her invaluable vlog series, “View from the Forest.”

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