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The effect of university mergers on the Shanghai ranking

Docampo, Domingo, Egret, D. and Cram, Lawrence (2015). The effect of university mergers on the Shanghai ranking. Scientometrics,104(1):175-191.

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Title The effect of university mergers on the Shanghai ranking
Author Docampo, Domingo
Egret, D.
Cram, Lawrence
Journal Name Scientometrics
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 104
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0138-9130   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84930823965
Start Page 175
End Page 191
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication Hungary
Publisher Akademiai Kiado Rt.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The growing influence of the idea of world-class universities and the associated phenomenon of international academic rankings are intriguing issues for contemporary comparative analyses of higher education. Although the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU or the Shanghai ranking) was originally devised to assess the gap between Chinese universities and world-class universities, it has since been credited with roles in stimulating higher education change on many scales, from increasing the labor value of individual high-performing scholars to wholesale renovation of national university systems including mergers. This paper exhibits the response of the ARWU indicators and rankings to institutional mergers in general, and specifically analyses the universities of France that are engaged in a major amalgamation process motivated in part by a desire for higher international rankings.
Keywords Academic rankings
Shanghai
ARWU
Mergers
French universities
French higher education system
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-015-1587-5   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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