ESEP 13:59-64 (2014)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00148

Global university rankings uncovered: introduction

Konstantinos I. Stergiou1,2,*, Athanassios C. Tsikliras1

1Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Aghios Kosmas, 16777 Athens, Greece
2Laboratory of Ichthyology, Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UP Box 134, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece
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ABSTRACT: University rankings have gained growing attention from university administrations and faculty members, markets, governments, mass media and the public at large, affecting nearly all aspects directly or indirectly related to academia. This Theme Section includes 12 essays from 16 authors, coming from 9 countries (i.e. Singapore, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Cyprus and Greece). These essays cover different methodological, socio-political, economical and ethical ‘hot issues’ emerging from the dominance of rankings in the higher education sector through the views and thoughts of different stakeholders (i.e. university administrators, people involved in performing the rankings, and scientists). We hope that this Theme Section and the questions it raises will further contribute to the recent debate and future of university rankings, whether they be global or regional, as well as help find the nexus between numbers (i.e. rankings) and knowledge (i.e. higher education institutions); to paraphrase Plato’s quote ‘a good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers’.


KEY WORDS: Global university rankings · Higher education · Marketization of higher education · Ethics


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Cite this article as: Stergiou KI, Tsikliras AC (2014) Global university rankings uncovered: introduction. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 13:59-64. https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00148

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