Coming soon: best teaching universities in the world

Financial Times reports that OECD will develop the university equivalent of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey.

This is very good news for universities that specialize in teaching, such as U.S. liberal arts colleges or other institutions, e.g. in Germany Bucerius Law School, WHU School of Management and Jacobs University Bremen (great idea, too bad about the location).

Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s ranking is probably currently the best in the world, and we have used it to to develop our own ranking, taking the size of the institutions into consideration. It is, or course, based on research outcomes, not about student or teaching quality.


By Jon Boone

Published: November 13 2006 02:00 | Last updated: November 13 2006 02:00

Students across the world are to be examined on their basic abilities as part of a plan to provide an objective assessment of the quality of rich countries’ university systems, writes Jon Boone in London.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is drawing up plans based on its Pisa survey that has been measuring the educational capabilities of 15-year-olds around the world since 2000.

The Pisa survey revealed that countries that spend a lot on education do not necessarily perform above the average.

Richard Yelland, an official at the OECD’s education directorate, said part of the impetus for a rigorous study of higher education had come from international university league tables, in particular the ranking created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

“These league tables are the only international comparisons we have at the moment, and the Shanghai survey is quite explicit about the weight it puts on research. If the idea gets around that this small minority of institutions are the only world-class universities then teaching will get overlooked. Governments clearly want to get a better handle on the quality of teaching in higher education.”


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