Rankings are media phenomenon of the postmodern mass-democracy

12 Jun

Ezzel a tézissel találkozhatott a rankingek készítőit összefogó nemzetközi szervezet, az IREG Observatory plénuma, amikor az ELTE tagfelvételét ünnepélyes kézszorításokkal megtették. És a köszönet-mondás néhány további részlete:11415514_10206249837980827_3605115166944311444_o

  • Our research on fields of social psychology, sociology, philosophy of sciences and social communication serve for us the theoretical background under which we interpret rankings and their effects on universities. This approach goes back to the first institutional evaluation ranking publications on the turn of the 20th century, by psychologist James Cattell, editor of Science magazine. But, an international “race” of universities in a form of a ranking isn’t a new phenomenon: it has been a way of comparing higher education and scientific institutions ever since we can remember. The pioneer of such rankings was developed in 1863 by Carl Koristka, professor of the Prague Polytechnic Institution.
  • Because of the traditional authority of university and the scientific knowledge declined, and everything looks like countable with numbers, the media and the public opinion seem to be competent “voting” about higher education.
  • Since ELTE is mainly responsible for educating Hungarian teachers and instructors, social workers, as well as lawyers and legal professionals educated for living up to Hungarian national standards and regulations, these achievements barely appear in international publication lists or can barely be used to attract instructors and students from an international pool. Only 30 percent of ELTE’s scientific and scholarly work is considerent relevant based on the indicators. In other words, only 30 percent of ELTE’s work is actually visible on global rankings. It would be a huge mistake and an unforgivably treacherous act to underrate fields of expertise that don’t have an official ranking chart, including professors and students belonging to these fields.

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