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McMaster scoops global teaching award

McMaster University has gained worldwide recognition, as the winner of this year’s Global Teaching Excellence Award. The Canadian institution, a long-standing W100 member, was awarded the prize, run by UK sector agency Advance HE in partnership with Times Higher Education, in recognition of its university-wide commitment to high-quality teaching. The judges praised McMaster for “the strength of its vision and plan for achieving teaching excellence and the provision of evidence that it is embedded institution-wide”. McMaster, home to W100...

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Teaching excellence gets ranked – finally

More success for World 100 members in a new ranking from Times Higher Education, this time seeking to measure teaching quality – a long overdue innovation, given the lack of education-focused metrics in the traditional global rankings. The THE Europe Teaching Ranking measures universities on 13 performance metrics covering different elements of the teaching mix; but due to challenges to accessing comparative data in different countries, it is confined to only 8 countries:  UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and the...

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Rankings watch: ARWU Rankings – No change at the top, again…

The second major rankings of the season, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) produced by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (formerly part of Shanghai Jiao Tong University), has been published. The top 10 institutions in the ARWU have remained exactly the same as in the previous year (and Harvard has been top in all 16 years of the existence of the ranking). This is no real surprise given the methodology, with a strong focus on historical achievement as well as research power; 30 % of the total score comes from alumni and academics...

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Is your social strategy up to scratch? Hear from Hootsuite in Vancouver

The World 100 Annual Conference at UBC in Vancouver is drawing close, and we are delighted to confirm that innovative social media company Hootsuite will be amongst the speakers. The Vancouver-based company has built a profile as a leading provider of social media management platforms, and has 15 million users worldwide, including many in the higher education sector. Hootsuite’s Naqaash Pirani, who works with universities and other organisations on their social media strategies, will be presenting at the UBC conference, using examples from...

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QS World University Rankings 2019 – First Look

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...

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