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University rankings: a need for critical reflection – Philip Holden

17 Sep – The release of the Quacquarelli Symonds Global Academic Survey (QS) yesterday reminded me of an incident last year, when the rival Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) were announced. A friend at the University of British Columbia (UBC) emailed. I must be delighted, he wrote, that the National University of Singapore came out ahead of UBC. My first reaction was amusement. My colleagues…

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