Edition 172 - August 2015

ACA’s 47th European Policy Seminar: Discussing global rankings, 12 years after

On October 15, ACA will hold its 47th European Policy Seminar in Brussels. The theme of the seminar will be global rankings and their developments in the course of 12 years since the first global university ranking was launched by Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2003.

The proliferation of global and national university rankings implies that higher education institutions (HEIs) can no longer turn a blind eye to them. In one way or another, HEIs have to either make use of rankings or minimise the damage caused by others using rankings to outshine them at home or abroad. How this can be done, how some HEIs do it and how rankings are used on national and global levels are some of the questions to be addressed during the seminar. On 15 October the audience will have the opportunity to hear about the use of rankings as information and marketing tools, their mutation and multiplication in the past few years, and the latest methodological changes in the production of global university rankings. An interactive session will be dedicated to participants’ experiences with rankings. We look forward to a lot of valuable input.

Since 2003, ACA’s European Policy Seminar series has gradually established itself as one of the highly-valued open fora for stakeholders in higher education to exchange their knowledge and insights on hot topics in the field. Each of the seminars welcomes around 100 participants coming from all around Europe. We look forward to welcoming you as one of the next 100 to the rankings seminar!    

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