First lecture in the framework of the "China Lecture Cafe 2017" on Wed. 13 September, 4pm

(14-07-2017) The subject of this lecture will be “The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – the Shanghai Ranking – the importance of the rankings”

Final programme:

  • Welcome remark by Prof. Dr. Luc Taerwe, Director China Platform
  • Introduction about the different ranking systems by Mrs Karen Vandevelde from the Research Co-ordination Office, Ghent University
  • Presentation about the ARWU Shanghai Ranking by Ms Wu Yan, Center for World-Class Universities, Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Q&A
  • Reception


Participation in this lecture is for free, but please register here.
The deadline for registration is 6 September 2017.

Abstract of the presentation by Ms Wu Yan:
In the age of higher education globalization, university rankings have been attracting attention from all over the world. As the first multi-indicator ranking of global universities, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) can be distinguished from other global rankings through its objective indicators and stable methodology. In this presentation, the history of ARWU will be introduced, the methodologies and limitations of ARWU will be discussed, and the latest development on field and subject ranking including the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects will be presented.

Background information on the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – the Shanghai Ranking:
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU), Graduate School of Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and updated on an annual basis. Since 2009 the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been published and copyrighted by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization on higher education intelligence and not legally subordinated to any universities or government agencies.

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published.

Although the initial purpose of ARWU was to find the global standing of top Chinese universities, it has attracted a great deal of attention from universities, governments and public media worldwide. A survey on higher education published by The Economist in 2005 commented ARWU as "the most widely used annual ranking of the world's research universities".
ARWU and its content have been widely cited and employed as a starting point for identifying national strengths and weaknesses as well as facilitating reform and setting new initiatives.

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