Don't pay too much attention to uni rankings, say experts

Members of the International Academic Advisory Panel observing a demonstration of Folo Fleet, a semi-autonomous smart mobility device convoy system, at NTU on Wednesday, as part of their three-day meeting. Key topics discussed were the value of a deg
Members of the International Academic Advisory Panel observing a demonstration of Folo Fleet, a semi-autonomous smart mobility device convoy system, at NTU on Wednesday, as part of their three-day meeting. Key topics discussed were the value of a degree, lifelong learning and impactful research.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

Advisory panel calls for other ways to assess S'pore universities based on their main missions

Do not put too much weight on university rankings, which are at best a crude gauge for quality and can overlook an institution's true strengths.

This was the consensus of a panel of experts from the likes of Imperial College London and Cambridge University, after a three-day meeting to advise the Education Ministry and universities here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Don't pay too much attention to uni rankings, say experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe