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Launch of the ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: University rankings

South African Journal of Science, 01 March 2018, Vol.114(3/4), pp.2-2 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Launch of the ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: University rankings
  • Author: John Butler-Adam
  • Found In: South African Journal of Science, 01 March 2018, Vol.114(3/4), pp.2-2 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Ranking Systems ; Indicators ; Quacquarelli Symonds ; Times Higher Education
  • Language: English
  • Description: On February 7 this year, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) launched its Presidential Roundtable series on Science, Scholarship and Society at an event in Stellenbosch, with a discussion on the subject of University Rankings: Helpful or Harmful? The roundtable discussions are a quarterly roundtable of experts in specific fields, in each case addressing a critical issue percolating in society that requires the deliberation of the best minds on the topic. This article is not, however, an overview of the four presentations (which is given elsewhere) but a consideration of some of the implications of the different indicators, definitions and variables, and varying metrics, used by the major ranking systems. There are about 30 'global' ranking systems for universities, and 31 countries have their own (often multiple) internal ranking systems.
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 1996-7489 ; DOI: 10.17159/sajs.2018/a0265

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