I’ve been patiently waiting for a response to, or even a report in Ireland of, the publication of the 2009 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities. See http://www.arwu.org/indexs.jsp. Could this possibly be a case of socioanalytic denial?
This is by far the most widely used ranking in the world for three reasons. It is almost impossible to ‘game’. It is used as an information tool by internationally mobile students. It is designed to honestly assess the evolution of the relative position of Chinese Universities: we know it’s honest because they don’t score well.
There have been enthusiastic references in the Irish media and in this blog to other university rankings. This is because some Irish universities appear to be important in these. But you should be suspicious: they also rank many British universities well above obviously superior US institutions. The apparent success of some Irish Universities is a by-product of this ludicrous outcome.
Go on: check it out. Has the Portarlington Institute for Science and Society got the recognition it deserves?