University rankings might do more harm than good to global education, says UWN contributor

August 23, 2016

“There is no evidence” that international university rankings add value to higher education, writes John Kelly for World University News, adding that the tendency for such rankings to privilege research over teaching likely degrades the quality of education around the globe. Kelly argues that this system is driven largely by universities competing to impress and attract high fee-paying international students. Yet he contends that the primary mission of universities is in fact teaching and not research, a mission that can be lost in the pursuit of higher international rankings. “The result is that, apart from the occasional hasty post-lecture meeting, students rarely if ever, enjoy a one-to-one relationship with research-focused academic staff,” the author concludes. University World News