Simply the 'best'?

April 29, 2010

In the THE World University Rankings column (22 April), you say that your new global reputational survey includes data on institutions' research and teaching strengths, with teaching-focused staff asked discipline-specific action-based questions to determine where the best undergraduate and postgraduate teaching takes place.

What is your definition of "best" for this purpose, and - given that this is a "global" survey - how can your sample possibly know?

Peter Williams, Malvern.

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