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News vom 11.05.2007

The CHE University Ranking becomes ever more international

CHE draws up new internationalisation aspects for the University Ranking Since 1998, the CHE - Centre for Higher Education Development has been publishing the much-used University Ranking for Germany with Austrian and Swiss universities included since 2004 and 2005 respectively. Assessments are now also being carried out for Dutch and Flemish Belgian universities that are keen on taking part in the international competition. The enormous interest shown by these institutions is not without good reason. International experts attach a uniqueness to the CHE approach, confirmed by Alex Usher and Massimo Savino in A Global Survey of Rankings and League Tables, in: Institute for Higher Education Policy (ed.): College and University Ranking Systems, Washington, April 2007

We are pleased about this, but it also raises considerable problems. To extend the ranking at this level of detail across the whole of Europe does not make much sense neither for students nor for higher education institutions. In the future, we will therefore abstain from including entire countries with all their higher education institutions in the University Ranking. Instead, we will encourage individual universities and Fachhochschulen to take part in the University Ranking based on the wishes of those entitled to access higher education. This will be complemented (for the time being) by a Europe-wide ranking, which focuses on only 20 to 30 top faculties per subject: EUSID European Study Guide for High Potential Students. Natural science disciplines will be published first in September 2007.

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