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Boycott of ranking system

VU International News and Reviews No. 03 April 8 2013

April 2013

One of the world’s most influential institutions in marine and climate sciences has refused to take part in a major world ranking because of bias against small specialist universities.

James Cook University in Townsville is thought to be the first Australian university to boycott the World University Rankings, which publishes an annual league table of the top 500 universities in the world, “The Australian” reports.

Vice-chancellor Sandra Harding said the use of broad-based reputation surveys of academics “jeopardised any ability to have confidence in their ranking”.

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