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QS World University Rankings 2019 – First Look

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

The latest edition of the QS rankings were released on 6 June. Here’s a first look at some of the results. Superbrands rule: The same universities are in the top 10 as last year, with some minor changes of placings. The top four, led by MIT, remain the same. Asia rises: Just outside the top 10, it is Asian universities that are rising, with World 100 member National University of Singapore now at 11 (up 4 places), overtaking neighbouring NTU at 12; and China’s Tsinghua entering the top 20 at 17. The Universities of Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as Peking University, are also risers within the...

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Preparing for the Future in Cambridge

Posted on May 31, 2018

Future leaders in university reputation spent an intensive week in Cambridge learning about the latest issues and trends from directors of communications, marketing and international at World 100 Reputation Network member universities. The third annual W100 Reputation Academy took place at Churchill College, Cambridge between 21-25 May, with participants from universities in Asia, Australia, North America, Europe and the UK. The Academy provides training for the next generation of leaders in world-class universities focused on reputation, with subjects ranging from strategy & brand...

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Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness – the W100 Conference

Posted on May 31, 2018

The W100 annual conference is fast approaching, with a range of global speakers already lined up for the event at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on 26-28 September. Join colleagues from around the world (we already have bookings from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa!) for the annual opportunity to engage in high level discussion and debate about reputation. Book here. The conference, focused on Differentiation & the World Class University, has a strong Canadian presence, with speakers from UBC including President Santa Ono, Gloria Loree from Destination...

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Reputation Rankings – no change at the top

Posted on May 31, 2018

The global rankings season is upon us, with the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings first out of the traps with a launch at the NAFSA conference in Philadelphia on 30 May. The Reputation Rankings are followed by the 2019 QS World University Rankings which are released to an eager global university community on 6 June. To no one’s great surprise, Harvard retains top spot in the Reputation Rankings, as it has every year since they were introduced in 2010. The top 10 remains static, with UCLA coming in at joint 9th to knock Caltech down to 11th. The top 10 has only featured 12...

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Around the world – Australia

Posted on Feb 7, 2018

Australia: Higher education remains a major political battle ground Down Under.  The Government has been trying for some time to force through major changes to the funding of the sector, only to be knocked back by Parliament. Now, they have proposed a new scheme under which funding for universities will be frozen for two years, representing an estimated $2.1billion cut, and then tied to Australia’s working age population growth from 2020. The announcement, made just before Christmas, sparked a major backlash from the sector. “Today’s announcement with its comprehensive cuts to the higher...

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Other kinds of rankings

Posted on Feb 7, 2018

It is not only Higher Education that is obsessed with rankings; they are seemingly everywhere, perhaps given the media-friendly hooks they provide. An interesting recent example with relevance to the university sector is, the Bloomberg Innovation Index, which claims to identify the 50 top ranked countries in areas including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies. South Korea and Sweden top the list, but of major note is that the USA has fallen out of the top ten. This was attributed in part to the “education-efficiency” category, which includes the...

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