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University league tables and ranking systems in Africa: emerging prospects, challenges and opportunities

University league tables and ranking systems in Africa: emerging prospects, challenges and opportunities

Kiraka, Ruth, Maringe, Felix, Kanyutu, Watiri and Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842 (2020) University league tables and ranking systems in Africa: emerging prospects, challenges and opportunities. In: Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842, Maringe, Felix and Hinson, Robert, (eds.) Understanding the Higher Education Market in Africa. Routledge Studies in Marketing . Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK. ISBN 978-0367344382

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Abstract

University rankings have become an integral part and powerful influence in the higher education landscape. While the determinants of educational quality may not be clearly defined, university rankings designate an institution a numerical position based on quantifiable measurements that focus primarily on institutional resources. The outcome of these rankings is that higher-ranking positions benefit institutions via admissions outcomes, faculty recruitment, resource attainment and future reputation. This conceptual chapter argues that universities in the global north are racing to the global university rankings under the umbrella term of ‘World Class University,’ whereas universities in the global south may mainly be building institutional competence to become research-intensive universities that can address the issues of poverty, inequality, corruption and bad governance, as well as contribute to community, national and regional development, especially in the African continent. Given the possibly divergent needs of the universities, it behoves African institutions to develop relevant, inclusive, adaptable and trustworthy University League Tables and Ranking systems that are responsive to the needs of the African continent. Efforts should be made towards providing a ‘transparent, free of self-interest and methodologically coherent system, that responds to the interests and needs of the African higher education sector.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: university, ranking, league table, Africa, marketing, branding, positioning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2019 12:35
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26189

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