League tables podcast (toe in the water time)

University of Nottingham league tables podcast

podcastlogofinalOK, it’s the first one but you’ve got to start somewhere. (Many thanks to Andrew Burden for doing the hard work.)

Suspect this is probably going to be the full extent of cross-media influence though.

Radical savings steps at Johns Hopkins University

From Johns Hopkins University News Releases:

Some radical steps announced by JHU’s President in order to address the problems caused by the current economic situation:

We now project that university revenues during fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011 will be a total of more than $100 million short of previous estimates. Effective July 1, all members of the executive leadership — the president, the divisional deans and directors, and vice presidents — will voluntarily reduce their salaries by 5 percent. Savings will be used to fund divisional priorities, including student aid. Savings from central administration will be added to undergraduate financial aid budgets.

– Starting immediately, and effective through June 30, 2010, we are freezing hiring for both faculty and staff positions. We are also freezing staff reclassifications. In both cases, rare and essential exceptions can be approved by the appropriate dean, director or vice president.


– There will be no salary increases, except those that are contractually obligated, in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Exceptions will be considered by deans and directors

– Overtime is to be eliminated, except as approved by a dean or director to fulfill a unit’s core mission. Similarly, there will be no use of temporary agency employees or independent contractors to cover unfilled positions, unless approved by a dean or director.

Difficult times ahead. Similar message from Cornell.

World Universities’ ranking on the Web

World Universities’ ranking on the Web: top 4000 World Ranking.

Webometrics here we come. A league table which seems to be a new one on the block. 4,000 institutions are ranked with the top 10 as follows:

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2 Stanford University
3 Harvard University
4 University of California Berkeley
5 Cornell University
6 University of Michigan
7 California Institute of Technology
8 University of Minnesota
9 University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
10 University of Texas Austin

All from the USA

The outline of the method is as follows:

Ranking purpose and target groups. Webometrics Ranking is measuring the volume, visibility and impact of the web pages published by universities, with special emphasis in the scientific output (referred papers, conference contributions, pre-prints, monographs, thesis, reports, …) but also taking into account other materials (courseware, seminars or workshops documentation, digital libraries, databases, multimedia, personal pages, …) and the general information on the institution, their departments, research groups or supporting services and people working or attending courses.
There is a direct target group for the Ranking which are the university authorities. If the web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, they should reconsider their web policy, promoting substantial increases in the volume and quality of their electronic publications.

The Top 10 in Europe shows something of a gap opening up with North America:

1 University of Cambridge World Rank: 28
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology WR: 40
3 University of Oxford WR: 42
4 University of Helsinki WR: 58
5 University of Oslo WR: 60
6 University of Edinburgh WR: 65
7 University College London WR: 68
8 Utrecht University WR: 71
9 University of Manchester WR: 82
10 Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) WR: 84

Since you ask, the University of Nottingham is about 108 in Europe, 291 in the world.

Will this gain a foothold? Difficult to tell.

New FT 2009 MBA rankings

Latest league table from the FT is now available.

Not too much to get excited about but the top 10 do have something of a lead over the rest of the pack

1 University of Pennsylvania: Wharton
1 London Business School
3 Harvard Business School
4 Columbia Business School
5 Insead
6 Stanford University GSB
6 IE Business School
8 Ceibs China
9 MIT: Sloan
10 New York University: Stern

One particular high point for Nottingham University Business School in the alumni recommendations on CSR:

Best in corporate social responsibility

1 Univ. of Notre Dame: Mendoza

2 Nottingham University Business School

3 Yale School of Management

4 University of Virginia: Darden

5 University of California at Berkeley: Haas

6 IE Business School

7 Brigham Young University: Marriott School

8 Esade Business School

9 University of Michigan: Ross

10 University of North Carolina: Kenan-Flagler

Visiting Zayed University

Just visited Zayed University (Abu Dhabi campus). Really impressive operation but only 10 years old.


Part of hugely ambitious wider vision for development of HE in UAE and number of really interesting parallels with University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in particular. A really good visit and extremely hospitable institution.