Citius, Altius, Fortius: Global University Rankings as the “Olympic Games” of Higher Education?

  • Maria Yudkevich
  • Philip G Altbach
  • Laura E Rumbley
Keywords: University rankings and Olympics, Gold medals and academic rankings, competition and university rankings

Abstract

The global university rankings can be seen as analogous to the Olympics. This article compares aspects of the Olympics to how global university rankings work, comparing medal counts to academic rankings.

Author Biographies

Maria Yudkevich

Maria Yudkevich is vice rector of the National Research University- Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation. 

Philip G Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is research professor and founding director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. 

Laura E Rumbley

Laura E. Rumbley is associ- ate director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College 

Published
2016-01-01
How to Cite
Yudkevich, M., Altbach, P. G., & Rumbley, L. E. (2016). Citius, Altius, Fortius: Global University Rankings as the “Olympic Games” of Higher Education?. International Higher Education, (84), 4-6. https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2016.84.9106
Section
The Rankings Game