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EUA Newsletter 5   11 March 2011

Getting to grips with rankings - A high-level seminar for European university leaders (17 June 2011, Brussels, Belgium)

Over the last 18 months, EUA has been carrying out a comprehensive review of major international university rankings. Universities are increasingly confronted by a plethora of ranking and classification initiatives – both at national and international level. While many university leaders have reservations about rankings, their methodologies and criteria, there is a growing recognition that such initiatives are here to stay.


Research has also shown that, despite their acknowledged shortcomings, rankings are having an increasing impact on decision-making in universities across Europe. It also seems clear that there will be more, not fewer ranking initiatives in future. This is why EUA has decided that there is a need to take action on behalf of the 850 universities it represents by carrying out a review of global university rankings that will be of assistance to university leadership by shedding light on the different approaches adopted by the various international rankings.


This new report, the first in a series, will be launched and presented to leaders of EUA member institutions at a special one-day seminar to take place on Friday 17 June at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels.


The aim of the event is to:

• present the review and its findings as a means of improving knowledge and understanding among university leaders of the different purposes and methodologies of the various international rankings
• provide a platform for an open debate on ranking methodologies and their strengths and weaknesses with the goal of improving future practice and encouraging consideration of alternative approaches to enhancing transparency
• gather feedback from the university community on the effectiveness of this pilot project and consider topics for inclusion in further editions of the Review of Rankings. 


The event will begin with a detailed presentation of the report by author Professor Andrejs Rauhvargers. This will be followed by panel sessions involving different European/national stakeholder organisations and leaders of European universities who will debate the findings of the review.


Please note that participation in the seminar is by invitation only. Invitations to EUA members have been sent directly to the Executive Head of the institution (President, Rector, Vice-Chancellor Pro-Vice-Chancellor). If your institution has not received an invitation or you would like to register your interest to take part in this event, please send an email to


To find out more, please visit the conference website.


Photo © The Bibliothèque Solvay. All rights reserved.

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