Ranking expert Gero Federkeil invited to Australian conference on higher education
The more than 300 participants at this years’ Universities Australia conference, the Australian equivalent of the German Rectors’ Conference, showed interest in the CHE UniversityRanking and the EU Commission’s new initiative, the U-Multirank project.
Managers and professors of Australian universities are interested in developments in the European higher education sector. In order to find out about the CHE UniversityRanking first hand, Universities Australia invited the CHE ranking expert Gero Federkeil to their annual conference that took place from 2-4 March 2011 in Canberra.
Conference participants were also interested in the status of the U-Multirank project in which the CHE is playing a leading role. The feasibility of this new concept for a multi-dimensional and global higher education ranking, organised on the same lines as the CHE UniversityRanking, is currently being tested at a number of pilot HEIs around the world, some Australian universities among them. The feasibility study includes indcators teaching and learning, research, , knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional involvement of universities. A pilot study includes a sample of about 150 higher education and research institutions from all over the world.
“Our Australian colleagues were particularly interested in the multi-dimensional approach of the CHE UniversityRanking and the user-oriented and interactive features in presenting the results, i.e. the possibility of users selecting indicators and the possibility of selecting the group of HEIs to be compared interactively. The participants liked both equally”, said Gero Federkeil. Australian universities are actively targeting international students and therefore welcome a fair international university ranking.