Ενδιαφέρον αρθράκι στο Nature (Vol 447, 31 May 2007, p. 514) για τις κατατάξεις πανεπιστημίων. Μερικά αποσπάσματα:
«The rankings in the U.S. News & World Report and those published by the British Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) depend heavily on surveys of thousands of experts — a system that some contest. A third popular ranking, by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, is based on more quantitative measures, such as citations, numbers of Nobel prizewinners and publications in Nature and Science. But even these measures are not straightforward. … Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands have similarly recompiled the ISI database for 400 universities: half a million papers per year. Their system produces various rankings based on different indicators. One, for example, weights citations on the basis of their scientific field, so that a university that does well in a heavily cited field doesn’t get an artificial extra boost (see table). The German Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) also offers rankings a la carte for almost 300 German, Austrian and Swiss universities — users can query its online database by individual discipline, number of publications or student outcomes, for example. With European Union support, the CHE is expanding the system to cover all Europe. … The US Commission on the Future of Higher Education is considering creating a similar public database, which would offer competition to the U.S. News & World Report.»
Ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον έχει αυτό: «CHE is expanding the system to cover all Europe» !
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