Globalization and the Reputation Race

  • Ellen Hazelkorn


There is a growing obsession with university rankings around the world. What started as an academic exercise in the early 20th century in the US became a commercial ‘information’ service for students in the 1980s and the progenitor of a ‘reputation race’ with geo-political implications today. Around the world, rankings consciousness has risen sharply and, arguably inevitably, in response to globalization and the pursuit of new knowledge as the basis of economic growth, and the drive for increased public accountability and transparency. Rankings are a manifestation of what has become known as the worldwide ‘battle for excellence’, and are perceived and used to determine the status of individual institutions, assess the quality and performance of the higher education system and gauge global competitiveness.


High Education Social Capital Global Competitiveness Global Ranking Positional Good 
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© Ellen Hazelkorn 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Hazelkorn
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  1. 1.Dublin Institute of TechnologyIreland

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