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Malcolm Grant, president and provost, University College London discusses the idea that the excellence of a university should not be defined by leagues tables.

Malcolm Grant, president and provost, University College London discusses the idea that the excellence of a university should not be defined by leagues tables.

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    • University College London
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      London’s Global University
      Building a world-class university
      THE London
      30 September 2010
      Differentiation, not imitation
    • University College London
      The rubric . . .
      Don’t allow the idea of a world-class university to be defined by league tables. That way lies uniformity and monotony.
      Diversity is one of the tertiary sector’s greatest strengths, and it is a quality beyond the capacity of any league table to measure.
      Building on diversity is a fundamental responsibility of autonomous self-governance.
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      Main themes
      What is a university?
      What is a world-class university?
      The shortcomings of global league tables
      Daring for diversity
      The responsibilities that flow from autonomous self-governance
      Adapting leadership to mission
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The nature of a university
      Newman and the liberal arts
      Humboldt and advancement of knowledge through research
      Newman: "If its object were scientific and philosophical discovery, I do not see why a University should have students“
      The global reality of mass higher education
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The hallmarks of a world class university?
      London’s Global University
      a high concentration of talent (faculty and students),
      Jamil Salmi, The Challenge of establishing World-Class Universities World Bank 2009
    • University College London
      The hallmarks of a world class university?
      London’s Global University
      a high concentration of talent (faculty and students),
      abundant resources to offer a rich learning environment and to conduct advanced research,
      Jamil Salmi, The Challenge of establishing World-Class Universities World Bank 2009
    • University College London
      The hallmarks of a world class university?
      London’s Global University
      a high concentration of talent (faculty and students),
      abundant resources to offer a rich learning environment and to conduct advanced research, and
      (c) favorable governance features that encourage strategic vision, innovation, and flexibility and that enable institutions to make decisions and to manage resources without being encumbered by bureaucracy.
      Jamil Salmi, The Challenge of establishing World-Class Universities World Bank 2009
    • University College London
      UCL’s position in global rankings 2010
      4 QS
      13 Global Universities Ranking
      17 Taiwan
      21 Shanghai Jiao Tong
      22 Times Higher Education
      36 World’s High Ranking Universities
      63 Webometrics
      81 iCU
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      What are the best proxies?
      How available and robust are the data to measure the proxies?
      How well can they bear the weight for valid inter-institutional and international comparison?
      How are they to be weighted?
      Handling outliers
      Moderating claims for outcomes
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      What are the best proxies?
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      What are the best proxies?
      How available and robust are the data to measure the proxies?
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      What are the best proxies?
      How available and robust are the data to measure the proxies?
      How well can they bear the weight for valid inter-institutional and international comparison?
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      What are the best proxies?
      How available and robust are the data to measure the proxies?
      How well can they bear the weight for valid inter-institutional and international comparison?
      How are they to be weighted?
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      What are the best proxies?
      How available and robust are the data to measure the proxies?
      How well can they bear the weight for valid inter-institutional and international comparison?
      How are they to be weighted?
      Handling outliers
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The league table problem
      What is the question?
      What are the indicators?
      What are the best proxies?
      How available and robust are the data to measure the proxies?
      How well can they bear the weight for valid inter-institutional and international comparison?
      How are they to be weighted?
      Handling outliers
      Moderating claims for outcomes
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The potentially perverse consequences
      Can relative and comparative institutional performance ever be credibly captured by league tables?
      The risk of driving convergent behaviour
      The problem of instability and volatility
      The data gathering burden
      Risk of misuse as a performance indicator by:
      University councils
      Governments and funding agencies
      Commercial competition between league table publishers; Multi-rank; the RAE/REF
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      The essential qualities of diversity
      Responsibility of autonomy
      Mission definition and refinement
      Values: meritocracy; open institutions; focus on excellence
      Geography
      Competition and collaboration
      Fortune
      Self-confidence
      London’s Global University
    • University College London
      UCL priorities
      Mission: multi-disciplinary; research-led
      Focus: develop postgraduate provision; major emphasis on health
      Geography: London and globalism; international campuses
      Competition and collaboration: the UCL-Yale collaborative
      The social responsibility of universities
      Generating new interdisciplinary initiatives – the Grand Research Challenges Programme
      Founding a new high school
      Compulsory second language
      Liberal arts programme
      London’s Global University
    • London’s Global University