Angel Calderon explains the new ARWU

Uni Melbourne is Australia’s top university on the ARWU ranking for a tenth straight time

The Academic Ranking of World Universities presents another good year for Australian universities, with Uni Melbourne in the world top 50 and Uni Queensland joining it. Five more members of the Group of Eight are in the global top 100.

All up there are 33 Aus universities in the top 500, up from 13 in 2003.

However Angel Calderon (RMIT) warns success is largely based on the output of highly cited researchers, which he warns is “not sustainable.”

“The absurdity of this ranking is that the ups and downs of an institution are largely attributed to the overall count of highly cited researchers,” he writes in Features this morning.


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