Introduction: towards a new ranking approach in higher education and research

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This chapter introduces the subject of league tables and rankings and questions the conceptual framework underpinning what are seen as the most credible and prestigious ranking systems in higher education. The authors present their arguments for defining and ranking excellence in higher education institutions using indicators based on user needs, stakeholder input and a wide variety of functions and activities overlooked by the current rankings systems. The result would be to challenge the unidimensional (research-driven) rankings, which focus almost exclusively on a single aspect of an institution’s performance, and instead to deliver tailored rankings relevant to user requirements and stakeholder
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultidimensional ranking: The design and development of U-multirank
EditorsFranciscus A. van Vught, Frank Ziegele
Place of PublicationSpringer, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York
Number of pages194
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-3004-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameHigher Education Dynamics


  • METIS-286714
  • IR-84396

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