Universities without Academic Freedom Have No Place in Rankings

  • Carsten A. Holz Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Keywords: University Rankings, Academic Freedom, University values, universities under totalitarian regimes, freedom of speech, press freedom, Communist Party leadership

Abstract

Academic freedom plays little or no role in university rankings, yet makes all the difference between a thriving academy and regime-controlled higher education. Adjusting a well-known university ranking to include academic freedom easily shakes out “top” universities under totalitarian regimes. If our values are due more than lip service, then the current system of university rankings is in urgent need of reform.

Author Biography

Carsten A. Holz, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Carsten A. Holz is professor in the Social Science Division, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. E-mail: carstenholz@gmail.com. URL: https:// carstenholz.people.ust.hk/

Published
2021-04-12
How to Cite
Holz, C. (2021). Universities without Academic Freedom Have No Place in Rankings. International Higher Education, (106), 3-5. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ihe/article/view/14513
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Articles