The global obsession with rankings of college and universities has struck again, this time from the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Here they are ,”the world’s top 500 universities” in unambiguous rankings, field by field -- Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, et al. . The Social Sciences get included but not Law, Theology, or even a trace of the Humanities. See for yourself at http://www.shanghairanking.com/Academic-Ranking-of-World-Universities-2013-Press-Release.html
This is, of course, contemptible, but that doesn’t mean that university administrators, governing boards, donors, and the often benighted foundations won’t allocate their resources along precisely these lines. Worse, students may read this “ranking” and think that you can have a great university education without troubling your brain about what it all means.
If you’d like to protest the contact person is Dr. Ying CHENG at firstname.lastname@example.org