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Ranking the Reputation Gap

VU International News and Reviews No. 121 October 08 2018

October 2018

The 2019 version of the Times Higher Ranking is out. Some things change, and some things stay the same. What remains the same is the massive impact of “reputation” on the rankings and the unclarity of the methodology used. What also stays the same is very funny outliers like the Babol Noshirvani University of Technology being the absolute world leader in field weighted citations. Based on which tricks is a question that no doubt is researched now by many across the world.

Some changes in individual placings – let us underline that these are usually statistically irrelevant but scrutinised in board rooms.

Across the Board, Aurora universities don’t do badly in terms of their field weighted citations scores. Most see a slight improvement in their absolute scores, but also in how they compare to other domestic research universities: moving up a bit (or more than a bit: East Anglia and Aberdeen) or being stable. The University of Iceland might want to have a look at their slight dip in citation scores which seems to be more than such a one year’s incident.

Let’s compare the reputation based overall Times Higher Ranking with the “rank in a country” based on citation metrics only:

UDE: 23 <-> 5           UGA: 10 ßà 7         UAberdeen: 22 <-> 14       UAntwerp: 4 <->5 UiB: 2 <-> 1            UEA: 29 ßà 9            UGothenburg: 7 <-> 2         UI: 1 <-> 1

VUA: 10 <-> 6

All Aurora universities have a national reputation gap, except Iceland and Antwerp!

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