THE’s rankings editor Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing
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THE is the leading provider of higher education data for the world's research-led institutions. Our work with individual clients builds on the foundations of our World University Rankings, which have been adopted as a geo-political indicator as well as an aid to strategic management of institutions and a crucial factor in the study choices made by millions of students around the world.
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Even if you are not in the rankings our data suite will provide you with insight on how you can think about your institution’s relative performance on a global basis.
For the WUR, THE’s in-house data team now ranks 2,150 institutions worldwide, with 1 million data points analysed across 2,600 institutions in 93 countries. In 2016, the global media reach of the rankings was almost 700 million.
The University of Exeter’s governing body has set very clear targets about where they want us to be nationally and internationally. Internationally for them is the big prize – so for the last decade or so we have monitored all the available world data. And the one the governing body asked us to map onto and set our objectives with the THE World University Rankings. So for us, understanding where we are in each ranking, why we are where we are, where we are going and then how do we improve is central not just to the governing body but also to the view of our university community about how we become as good as we really can be, and for us, that’s success in the THE World University Rankings.
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Speakers at THE summits have included the presidents of many of the world’s top-ranked universities, Nobel laureates such as Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Wole Soyinka, political leaders such as Thabo Mbeki, the second post-apartheid president of South Africa, and tech stars such as Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn.
Rankings such as the WUR are presented at these events with our award-winning data team on hand to explain them, allowing institutions better understanding of their findings.
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Through both its content and rankings, THE has been my source of information and intelligence on how the global higher education sector is moving, and the main channel of information for me to understand the higher education and research policy landscape of the UK and elsewhere. I enjoy its sharp and succinct commentary of the current issues and developments that are very insightful and useful. As for the rankings, THE has gained much credibility and wide recognition as it has more balanced set of metrics, and is not subject to gaming.