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Malcolm Grant: Differentiation, not imitation

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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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  • 1. University College London
    London’s Global University
  • 2. University College London
    London’s Global University
    Building a world-class university
    THE London
    30 September 2010
    Differentiation, not imitation
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. University College London
    The league table problem
    What is the question?
    London’s Global University
  • 12. University College London
    The league table problem
    What is the question?
    What are the indicators?
    London’s Global University
  • 13. University College London
    The league table problem
    What is the question?
    What are the indicators?
    What are the best proxies?
    London’s Global University
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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
  • 21. 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
  • 22. London’s Global University

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