University Ranking

University Ranking

August 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[Music] I want to speak to you just for a few minutes about the whole issue of university ranking. The university ranking is a very, very important area these days for universities. There are various ranking bodies. The major ranking bodies that we have been working with are QS and Times Higher. However, our major focus has been with QS because they recognize more the smaller institutions like Lingnan University. Now, the issue we’ve had with Lingnan University is that we’re a liberal arts university. Some of the requirements for a liberal arts university are not the same as they would be for a more comprehensive university. So it’s been a challenge for us to actually get a grip with how do we showcase what we do at Lingnan as a liberal arts university. So my role has been, over a few years, to develop a rapport communication specifically with the QS system to talk at the various events that they hold about Lingnan University, about what it does and about the particular role that Lingnan University, a liberal arts university I should assay, has to play in education. What’s happened during the time that I’ve been involved is that, Lingnan University has become much more recognized for the good work that it does. So, a few years ago, maybe 3 years ago, we were standing at 143 in the ranking of Asian universities, which involves comprehensive universities, too. And over a 3-year period, we’ve been able to establish sufficient knowledge of what we do. To be able to be ranked at now 100. As I stand here, we’re ranked at 100. So we’ve made considerable progress in terms of the normal criteria that is used for measuring university performance. We’ve also been able to move up a whole category in the world rankings. But it’s still quite tough for a small university to actually get recognition when we’re talking about the major universities in the world. What we’re working on these days with the QS is the idea that we need a separate ranking system for liberal arts universities. We’ve been working with them for a year or two on this and there is an acceptance that liberal arts universities are offering something special. Liberal arts education is, let’s say, one side of an argument about what is important in education. Is it science and technology and so on? Or is it general education and liberal arts? There is now a recognition that liberal arts is important. So the QS together with ourselves have been working on developing criteria parameters to specifically measure liberal arts universities. We’re looking forward to the time when we get that completed and then we can have a separate ranking system within QS which focuses specifically on liberal arts universities. So that’s something that’s in the oven. Something that we’re looking forward to in the future. So basically, just want to round up by saying, ranking is important these days. It does affect the mobility of staff. It also enables universities to attract students. We have to bear in mind that we have to be in that game. What we’ve done is we’ve been able to move up the rankings which are the normal university rankings. But we’re also working very hard to establish a liberal arts university ranking.