Sunday 25 June 2017

Ups and downs of university rankings tell us little about third-level quality

'I am not convinced that the rankings serve any useful purpose or that they deserve the level of media coverage that they seem to attract.' Photo: Depositphotos
'I am not convinced that the rankings serve any useful purpose or that they deserve the level of media coverage that they seem to attract.' Photo: Depositphotos

James McDermott

It is that time of the year, when various rankings are published for universities. We do not need a formal ranking system to know that Irish universities will never be able to compete with the resources available to their counterparts in the United States.

Indeed, on receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, one Irish recipient is reported to have said he hoped he would at least be allocated a space in the Harvard University Nobel Prizewinners' car park.

I am not convinced that the rankings serve any useful purpose or that they deserve the level of media coverage that they seem to attract.

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