Authors: Peter Smith
Since 2003, international systems for ranking universities have proliferated and become ever more influential. Yet, the main ranking systems vary considerably both in their criteria for evaluating universities and in their rankings of even the most elite institutions. Proponents of ranking generally ignore these divergences together with the question of whether the rankings are really useful. Short of abandoning the present systems of rankings, it might be useful to produce composite scores of university ranks.
Keywords: University ranking, university excellence