Ruminations: 2007 World University Rankings: NUS, NTU down
Talk about leaps and bounds - what massive turbulence! When I blogged about NUS rankings before, I mentioned how the university first made its appearance in the rankings by appearing #18 in 2004, and then on it was #22 in 2005, #19 in 2006, #33 in 2007 and #30 in 2008.
#10 is a pretty big deal I guess, but the QS.com Asian University Rankings are only indicative of the upcoming World Rankings - if that is possible - because I feel that Asian universities can expect a hard blow in World rankings (which are followed much more closely in the Asian world). From what I gather, this year's rankings were developed after a marriage between the US News & World Report (which uses 18 indicators) and the Joong Ang Ilbo ranking in Korea (which uses over 30 indicators). So QS.com associated itself with Chosun Ilbo, a Korean English paper that dates back to April 1933 when Korea was a Japanese colony. Funny fact - the paper's publisher was this guy named Bang Ung-mo. (Sorry Koreans. 'Bang' is funny in English and 'Ung-mo' is funny in Singapore. Combined together, it's hilarious!)
Anyway, I think the US News and World Report will still develop it's World rankings based on the 18 indicators and that just means that NUS (and other unmentionables *cough*NTU*cough*) will do badly.
To see where NUS did 'great' (but still not great enough to be Asia's best), these are the indicators and the respective weightage (note how inbound and outbound exchange do not use the word 'international'):
Asian Academic Peer Review = 30%
(academics with knowledge of research in Asian institutions)
Papers per Faculty = 15%
Citations per Paper = 15%
Student Faculty Ratio = 20%
Asian Employer Review = 10%
(employers with experience of recruiting from Asian institutions)
International Faculty = 2.5%
International Students = 2.5%
Inbound Exchange Students = 2.5%
Outbound Exchange Students = 2.5%