Thursday, May 17, 2012

Higher education rankings

Rankings are always fun, even when woefully inaccurate (Norway's hapless football squad was in October 1993 ranked number 2 in the world by FIFA!), and this month sees the release of two higher education rankings: The Times Higher Education Supplement ranking of world universities, and an interesting newcomer, a ranking by U21 of countries (not institutions) that are the ‘best’ at providing higher education.

The ranking by U21 "aims to highlight the importance of creating a strong environment for higher education institutions to contribute to economic and cultural development, provide a high-quality experience for students and help institutions compete for overseas applicants."  Norway is ranked 7 in the world in the U21 survey, but behind Nordic neighbors Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The high ranking suggests that Norway has much to offer other than the quality of its institutions, since its top 4 universities - Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø - come in at 181, 191, 251-75 and 276-300 respectively in the Times ranking.

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