, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 175–191 | Cite as

The effect of university mergers on the Shanghai ranking

  • D. Docampo
  • D. Egret
  • L. CramEmail author


The growing influence of the idea of world-class universities and the associated phenomenon of international academic rankings are intriguing issues for contemporary comparative analyses of higher education. Although the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU or the Shanghai ranking) was originally devised to assess the gap between Chinese universities and world-class universities, it has since been credited with roles in stimulating higher education change on many scales, from increasing the labor value of individual high-performing scholars to wholesale renovation of national university systems including mergers. This paper exhibits the response of the ARWU indicators and rankings to institutional mergers in general, and specifically analyses the universities of France that are engaged in a major amalgamation process motivated in part by a desire for higher international rankings.


Academic rankings Shanghai ARWU Mergers  French universities French higher education system 



The work of D. Docampo was supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Galician Regional Government under agreement for funding the Atlantic Research Center for Information and Communication Technologies (AtlantTIC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Atlantic Research Center for Information and Communication TechnologiesUniversidad de VigoVigoSpain
  2. 2.Observatoire de Paris, Laboratoire Univers et ThéoriesPSL Research UniversityParisFrance
  3. 3.Research School of Physics and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityActonAustralia

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