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Education Ranking That Reeks of…

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

July 2019

Times Higher Education has added another stone to its collar of Rankings – but anything but a gem.

The THE Europe Teaching Ranking shows how satisfied students are with their own university – by definition not comparing with other universities. To present this as a ranking of universities that are “best in education” may cause confusion and unwarranted conclusion to say the least.

It is nice to see 4 Aurora universities in the top 100, of which two in the top 50 – but it really doesn’t say anything.

Belgium, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have not a single university represented in the list. Poor education quality? Within the Netherlands, 5 out of the 13 research universities have made it to the list of 300 universities in the reeking ranking. Does that make these 5 better in educational quality than Delft, Wageningen, Utrecht, Leiden? Or rather does it mean that the communications’ staff of the ranked 5 have been more alert and resourceful in assuring enough and good enough response from their universities?

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