Ranking systems should only be used as a guide. Some professionals from the education industry argue that the systems in place are not an accurate assessment of the university’s credentials. Students should always look carefully at the methodologies of ranking and make their minds up about which University and which programme is the most appropriate for their project.
If the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) known as the Shanghai system is very well regarded, it is also very narrow as it is mainly looking at research areas in hard sciences. It is a good benchmark of research excellence, but it is not really useful for normal students.
Other ranking systems include the Times Higher Education ranking and the QS World University ranking. However, the best ranking system is yours. Prepare your check-list with key points such as:
- Programme you want to study
- Tuition fee
- Cost of living
- Life on-campus
- Possibilities to further your studies
- Work opportunities…
Before you apply to a specific University, do your research and talk to International education specialists like us. Of course, we offer a wide range of options, but we also recognise that despite our wide network, we won’t necessarily have an immediate answer to your request. However, we’ll do some research and we’ll come back to you with the answer.