How International Rankings Work

International university rankings are much discussed – and often heavily criticized. The League of European Research Universities (LERU) published an extensive report with a summary of the criticism directed at regional and international rankings:

University Rankings: Diversity, Excellence and the European Initiative (PDF, 123 KB)

The following web pages give a brief summary of the best-known international ranking systems along with a critical commentary on the methodology used:

Shanghai

THE

QS

Leiden

HEEACT

Webometrics

More rankings are described on the websites of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the  Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS):

www.universityrankings.ch