2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities
The 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released on Monday.Â Because it’s compiled byÂ Shanghai Jiaotong University,Â it’s commonly known as “the Shanghai ranking.”Â Â As I recently blogged about here, Â the methodologies used inÂ global university rankings typically advantage English-language universities. This year’s Shanghai ranking confirms this: 20 of the Top 25 universities in the ARWU are located in the United States, andÂ four are located in the United Kingdom.
Interestingly, the TopÂ 5 Canadian universities in this year’s Shanghai ranking are not the so-called “Big Five,”Â a group that has advocated as aÂ block to receive more federal research dollars (a phenomenon that I’ve blogged about here). Indeed, the ARWU ranks McMaster ahead of both the U. of Alberta and the U. of Montreal.
Irrespective of whether you believe in theÂ claim of the so-called “Big Five” Canadian universities that they deserve a greater share of research dollars, it’s not clear to meÂ that Canada’sÂ Big Five are in factÂ our TopÂ Five.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant with a PhD in Public Policy. He has academic affiliation at both Carleton University and Case Western Reserve University, and is Section Editor of the Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale. You can check out his website here: https://nickfalvo.ca/.