The latest world university rankings by the Times Higher Education Supplement sees New Zealand Universities continue to slide precipitously.
The Times Higher Education rankings for 2012/2013 has put Caltech (California University of Technology) at #1 spot for the second year in a row (Caltech was #1 in 2011/2012 and it came at #3 spot in 2010/2011).
Auckland University is ranked #161 on that list and that's the highest from any NZ University. They (Auck Uni) have been sliding downhill from a few years ago when they achieved a rank of #48. The friend who sent me the link (thanks, Si) reckons that the slide coincides with Auckland Uni’s embracing the philosophy of “degrees for everyone” and its rapid expansion into the delivering utterly useless and banal courses in departments like Maori, Pacific studies, Film, Multimedia & TV studies, etc, taking energy and probably funding away from areas of real learning. I suspect he’s right.
No other New Zealand University even made the top two-hundred. And the likes of AUT and Unitech didn’t even make the full list of four-hundred. And, out in Otara, another alleged tertiary institution continues to commit fraud on the education-buying public by using the initials of a top-five university to give itself a glimmer of prestige it neither deserves nor has earned. I suspect only the total laughability of its claim to the acronym M.I.T. stops a successful law suit from the real thing.
Here are the world’s top ten ranking universities, followed by the local also-rans:
1. California Institute of Technology United States
2. University of Oxford United Kingdom
3. Stanford University United States
4. Harvard University United States
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
6. Princeton University United States
7. University of Cambridge United Kingdom
8. Imperial College London United Kingdom
9. University of California, Berkeley United States
10. University of Chicago, United States
161. University of Auckland
242. University of Otago
274. Victoria University of Wellington
302. University of Canterbury
346. University of Waikato
376. Massey University
Sadly, while the proportion of the population with a university degree has never been higher, the quality of those degrees has never been lower—and, conversely, the number of qualified tradesmen here has never been lower.
It’s about time the higher education bubble popped here as well.