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THE BEST UNIVERSITIES ACCORDING TO WHO? RANKING 2010 : BEST UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE WORLD

The New Ranking of the best universities around the world is coming out and there are a lot of changes in it. The Times Higher Education Magazine, UK’s most authoritative source of information about higher education, has been ranking the best universities in the world since 2006. It signed an agreement with Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading research data specialist, to provide all the data for their 2010 World Rankings. With the agreement, a new methodology is going to break through to find out which the best universities around the world are. The magazine had used the same approach for four years and gained a monopoly. But now the list of the top universities might be about to change. Saying that a university is better than another one is subjective. In fact, a lot of controversy has been appearing on the web. Putting the clarity of the scoring methods leading to The Ranking into question. This scoring might have been proven as truly verified by its owners, but in most cases the results do not measure the teaching quality. Other important points to consider are the professional networks and the links with industrials developed by the universities. That specific detail can make the difference in order to determine the place to study a professional career: a good network brings a strong support in the search for the first job, and even throughout the career. « We need a lot more information than has typically been gathered before we can build an even halfway sensible picture of what a university is doing. » Jonathan Adams is director research evaluation of Thomson Reuters and he came up with a new way to research and rank universities. Adams and his crew of researchers will ask institutions to supply them with information about their students, staff and income for teaching and research. The main focus is to evaluate the benefits of the selected universities, bearing in mind the main users, the students themselves. “We believe the results will help identify exceptional departments and regional institutions beyond the traditional ‘elite’. We are in close consultation with The Times Higher Education Magazine on the careful recalibration of reputational weightings; and respondents can also expect enhancements to the traditional survey itself.” But in the end, who has the right to choose the criteria for ranking universities?

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