Top of the swots
Having received their offers, tens of thousands of students are preparing for life at third level. But how do our colleges fare in international rankings?
Just how do you make third-level institutions insecure? You rank them. For the past ten years, as college rankings have become pervasive and plentiful, the Irish higher education sector has had a love-hate relationship with being graded and ranked.
Despite claims that they pay no heed, rankings either make third-level institutions smug or sore. Irish third levels that jump up the numbered ladder will wear it as a badge of honour; those who are relegated...
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