CGHE Webinar 90

The changing financial fortunes of global top 200 universities, 2006-2016

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 728, UCL Institute of Education
Speaker(s):
  • Alex Usher, Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA)
  • Marcos Ramos, Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA)

This seminar is based on a paper that uses institutional financial statements – which are available at over 90 per cent of target institutions – to examine the past decade’s worth of expenditures at institutions which place in the top 200 of the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Based on this analysis, Alex Usher and Marcos Ramos suggest that two traditional generalisations about world-class universities need to be re-thought.

First, apart from Germany and Switzerland, we see little evidence of an emergence of new ‘two-tier systems’ of higher education in response to the ‘world-class universities’ phenomenon.

Second, we see very little evidence that additional funds, on their own, improve relative publication rates or publication impact or rankings outcomes.

To improve institutional outcomes, improving institutional management may be a better strategy than simply increasing institutional resources.

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