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Pages: 2698-2704
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-695-3491-5
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain


A. Perez Tchernov1, S. Lomov2

1Belarusian State University (BELARUS)
2Permanent Committee for the Council of Ministers of the Union State (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
The usage of ranking techniques to create league tables for universities is a current trend topic. The increase in the number of interconnected elements of the system (students, teachers, potential employers, grant funds) leads to an extreme diversity of potential patterns of communication. Informational globalization allows promoting a world-wide comparison of higher educational organizations as knowledge-transfer "hubs".

League tables have many advantages. First, they allow governments in particular, and society in general, to get more or less ‘politically’ independent and scientifically verified data on how effective the public spending is, in the sphere of higher education and how competitive is certain organization in world's education market. Second and even more important for the educational organizations, is that league tables can stimulate universities to empower some ‘public’ activities: knowledge sharing through scientific and educational webs (publications, conferences, creation of specialized web libraries, etc.), stimulation of student mobility, expansion of research programs.

There are a lot of critics to currently existing ranking systems. They argue that the list of control parameters that is used in them is not sufficient to allow the system be assessed as ‘perfect’ even for certain geographical regions, not to mention the whole world.

Rather than trying to figure out if the ranking for certain university is perfect, let us to consider how that rank influences on the education area as a whole from the sustainable development perspective. The following two questions illustrate the problem: “is it better the education area to have the one extremely strong university and a few weak ones or to have a several average instead”, “do the ranking coefficients need to be changed dynamically as a function of the current state of education market, or should they remain solid regardless of education state“.

We investigate how some mathematic and computer science models can help to resolve the aforementioned questions.
author = {Perez Tchernov, A. and Lomov, S.},
series = {4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN12 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-695-3491-5},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {2-4 July, 2012},
year = {2012},
pages = {2698-2704}}
AU - A. Perez Tchernov AU - S. Lomov
SN - 978-84-695-3491-5/2340-1117
PY - 2012
Y1 - 2-4 July, 2012
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN12 Proceedings
SP - 2698
EP - 2704
ER -
A. Perez Tchernov, S. Lomov (2012) SUSTAINABLE UNIVERSITY RANKING, EDULEARN12 Proceedings, pp. 2698-2704.