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

Maria Yudkevich, Philip G Altbach, Laura E Rumbley


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.


University rankings and Olympics; Gold medals and academic rankings; competition and university rankings

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