Global university rankings filled with pitfalls, must be improved: Altbach

August 21, 2018

Despite the difficulties of measuring the quality of universities worldwide, the race is on to establish a way of doing so, writes Philip Atlbach. The author outlines the numerous rankings mechanisms that currently exist and highlights the ways in which they fall short of reliability. Further, Altbach argues that the amount of influence that existing rankings have on student decisions can have negative consequences around the globe. That said, Altbach insists that the work of creating better quality metrics should continue, concluding that “in a globalised world with mobile students, graduates and professionals, we need better information on how to evaluate an individual’s capabilities and competencies.” University World News