A three-day International Conference on Higher Education Ranking dubbed: “Ranking in Higher Education – New Developments and Implications for African Universities,” is underway in Accra.
The conference which coincides with the International Deans Court Conference, is being hosted by the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
It has brought together 35 participants from 15 African countries, in addition to other delegates from Europe.
The conference aims at providing a platform for Deans, Researchers, Academicians, as well as other professionals, to interrogate the university ranking methods and to deliberate on the advantages and weaknesses of higher education rankings and public policy approaches towards rankings.
Professor Joshua Alabi, the Vice Chancellor of UPSA, in his opening remarks, said the goal of the University was to be a world class education provider in both academic and professional discipline, nationally entrenched, regionally recognized and globally relevant.
He said UPSA although young, wass the fastest growing university in the country.
He announced that construction work on the 5,000-seater Auditorium would begin by the close of the year, and be completed within three years.
Prof Goski Alabi, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, UPSA, said marketing and internationalization of Universities was essential in their global ranking.
She said it was high time Africa made an effort to improve upon its ranking through better research and productivity.
Prof Frank Ziegele, the Executive Director, CHE for Higher Education, Gutersloh, Germany, in his presentation titled: “Global University Rankings – Flaws, Impacts and the New Approach of Multi-Dimensional, User-Driven Ranking,” said the traditional global rankings were biased towards English Language, natural sciences, basic research and reputation.
He said U-Multirank 2015 was the most comprehensive international data comparison in higher education; with1,200 universities included with publicly available data from 80 countries.
Prof Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission of Nigeria, speaking on the topic: “University Rankingphilia and Phobia: Emerging Trajectories and Quality Assurance in Africa”, expressed his reservation on webometric rankings of universities.
He cautioned that what might be on a university’s website may not reflect the real situation on the ground.
He observed that Universities in Africa had been making steady progress over the past decades in terms of development.
He urged African Universities to take part in the global ranking of Universities in order to avoid inferiority complex.
He lauded Prof Joshua Alabi, for being adjudged Africa’s Best Vice Chancellor. GNA