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Academic rankings: an approach to a Portuguese ranking


  • Bernardino, Pedro
  • Marques, Rui


The academic rankings are a controversial subject in higher education. However, despite all the criticism, academic rankings are here to stay and more and more different stakeholders use rankings to obtain information about the institutions’ performance. The two most well-known rankings, The Times and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings have different methodologies. The Times ranking is based on peer review, whereas the Shanghai ranking has only quantitative indicators and is mainly based on research outputs. In Germany, the CHE ranking uses a different methodology from the traditional rankings, allowing the users to choose criteria and weights. The Portuguese higher education institutions are performing below their European peers, and the Government believes that an academic ranking could improve both performance and competitiveness between institutions. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the advantages and problems of academic rankings and provide guidance to a new Portuguese ranking.

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  • Bernardino, Pedro & Marques, Rui, 2009. "Academic rankings: an approach to a Portuguese ranking," MPRA Paper 17297, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:17297

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    1. ZAHARIEV, Boyan & BOYADJIEVA, Pepka, 2012. "The Impact Of Weighting Preferences On University Rankings: The Example Of Bulgaria," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 12(3).

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    Academic rankings; CHE; higher education; performance evaluation; Portugal; Shanghai; THES;

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    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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