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Building a World-Class University and the Role of University Ranking: A Russian Case

Building a World-Class University and the Role of University Ranking: A Russian Case
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Author(s): Maxim B. Khomyakov (Ural Federal University, Russia)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 27
Source title: World University Rankings and the Future of Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kevin Downing (City University of Hong Kong, China) and Fraide A. Ganotice, Jr. (The University of Hong Kong, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0819-9.ch020

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Abstract

The chapter is devoted to the analysis of the impact of the global academic rankings and the concept of world-class university upon the system of high education both globally and in contemporary Russia. The author analyses the use of the rankings in benchmarking and strategy planning, and demonstrates negative influence of the obsession with the rankings in some countries. The chapter considers the case of the strategy of Ural Federal University (Russia) as one of the examples of both use and abuse of the rankings in large regional Russian university. The author argues for the necessity of organizing transnational associations and consortia of the universities, especially in emerging countries (BRICS nations, for example), to resist neo-Imperial features of today's global Academia. One of the remedies the chapter proposes is to adopt the idea of plural modernities from sociology and to treat global education environment as kind of a multi-polar world. Then, the author argues, the rankings should be supplemented with qualitative comparative analysis of educational systems.

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