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.
I think this post is misleading. 5 of the top 6 Canadian universities listed in the Shanghai ranking *are* the “Big Five”. That’s not to suggest that the “Big Five” deserve special treatment, but the Shanghai report does pretty much line up with those five.