How & When: University rankings

How & When: University rankings

University rankings can be confusing. There are many and it does not exist that a premium over others. If you are looking for “the best university”: there is no simple, universal answer. It depends on the criteria that was used.


Despite all of this, rankings can be a useful tool. They are useful tools for comparing universities all together. The appropriateness of the answer depends on what you are searching: for a university in a particular country, the best university for a specific master, an experience beyond studies, etc.

The methodologies of each classification are different, each one to his own way of judging and its own interests, which is why the results of the rankings are all different. However, if the student understand the logic of each list and what are its objectives, it may use the rankings properly  and find the right answers.

As a student it is important to know in advance what will look like your experience within your university. But it is equally important to know the views of other students at the same university. Firstly because it is a good indicator of the quality of the university but also because the reputation of the university that you will attend will play an important role in your career search.

The “World Reputation Ranking” released in May 2015 asked students to rank the people who they think are the best teachers and do the best job of research in their field. The results reflect not only the perception that students of teachers / researchers but also the strength that can be “brand” university in its entirety. This index can (and probably will) give an idea of which are the institutions that have a good position in the eyes of future employers.

The newer universities often struggle to compete with big historical institutions . But very often they compensate the lack of experience and tradition with more innovation , contacts in the industry and a special care given to quality education.

The 150/50 ranking uses the same methodology as the World University Ranking but gives less importance to the reputation survey. This will make the spotlight on universities of the highest quality , which often do not have their place in the more conventional rankings but which deserve to be highlighted by their innovative research section and teachers very high level.

Often, prospective students, already have an idea of what they want to study , it may be logical to reduce the options and  research only on universities that offer that particular area of study.

A ranking with broad themes is always better , especially for students who do not yet have a idea of what to study… The Times Higher Education ranks materials in 6 main disciplines : Arts and Humanities , Social Sciences, Life Sciences , Physical Sciences , Engineering and technology & Medical and health.

This classification uses the same methodology as the ranking World University Rankings  with adjustments to the weight that have each indicator to reflect the different priorities and contexts. The Top 100 for each theme is each time very different from the overall top 100 , so it is worth digging a little.

It is feasible to filter the world rankings by country, aim for a more comprehensive view of all universities from the Sami geographical area, it is best to use the ranking to create it: Ranking Asia, ranking BRICS and Emerging Economies and European ranking.

They use the methodology Sami as the “World University Rankings” by focusing on research and teaching and Adapting to the characteristics of Developing Countries in the case of the “Brics Ranking”.

The Brics ranking in 2016 included the institutions of 35 countries (Including Qatar, Bangladesh, Greece and Romania, classified into 3 categories selon the progress of Their Development).

The Asian rankings included universities from 14 countries. Chinese and Japanese institutions are by far the most  represented in the area.

Represented are 22 countries in the European rankings. Most of These countries offer very low view free tuition and a wide number of Degrees  taught in English (a serious alternative to study in an english  speaking country).

For students that want to go abroad,or simply wish to explore the new opportunities : Regional Rankings should be their “weapon of choice”.