QS World University Rankings

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
September 22, 2015
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QS World University Rankings 2015/16
QS Top Universities
  • This is the 12th edition of QS’s annual ranking of the world’s top universities, which uses six performance indicators to assess institutions’ global reputation, research impact, staffing levels and international complexion.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retain the top spot for the fourth year running, with Harvard University climbing two places to rank second, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University in joint third.
  • The overall results are accompanied by the QS World University Rankings by Faculty, which highlight the world’s top universities in five individual faculty areas: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.
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Keywords: higher education, universities, rankings
The World's Most Innovative Universities
  • Since World War II, universities around the world have been relied on to convert public funding into knowledge and products that help drive the global economy. So how can we know if an institution is really transforming science and technology and impacting the global economy?
  • To answer that question, Reuters set out to find and rank the world's top 100 innovative universities. This ranking gets to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative; the institutions recognized here most reliably produce original research, create useful technology, and have the greatest economic impact. They are the surest bets for anyone seeking to invest in and create real innovation.
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Keywords: higher education, universities, innovation, rankings, research, technology, science
What are innovation spaces, and do you need one?
eCampus News
  • Innovation has been democratized, says a new research report, in turn creating a “new driver for the economy.” And it’s the forward-thinking institutions who understand this driver that have begun to implement spaces for makers (tinkerers), hackers (deconstructors), and coworkers (networkers).
  • There’s an “emerging culture of ‘learning by doing,’” notes the report–spearheaded by lead education researcher for HermanMiller, Susan Whitmer– and this is “shifting how future workers learn to innovate.”
  • To better understand the shift in how students and workers learn to innovate, HermanMiller education researchers toured university campuses and city libraries with innovation spaces, and interviewed education and business thought leaders on the topic.
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Keywords: innovation, education, makers, universities
What are the 'Most Innovative' Schools Doing to Earn their Titles?
Education Dive
  • In a survey of college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans, U.S. News & World Report asked for nominations of up to 10 schools making innovative improvements to their curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities.
  • Editors split schools up into four categories: national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional universities, and regional colleges. Read on to find out about the innovative programs some of the top schools have implemented.
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Keywords: higher education, universities, innovation, rankings
The New Key Skill Today’s Deans Are Expected to Have
The EvoLLLution
  • Being a leader in today’s higher education climate is challenging. As funds become increasingly scarce for colleges and universities, deans and leaders are expected to add one more skill to their arsenal: fundraising.
  • Nowadays being able to raise capital for a specific unit or division is critical at many institutions to maintain the level of service and offerings. In this interview, Oliver Tomlin sheds some light on the importance of fundraising for today’s deans.
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Keywords: leaders, management, higher education, leadership
The Innovation Game
The Economist
  • Which is the world’s most innovative country? Answering this question is the aim of the annual Global Innovation Index and a related report, which were by Cornell University, INSEAD, a business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
  • The authors also look at their data from other angles, for instance how countries do relative to their economic development and the quality of innovation (measured by indicators such as university rankings).
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Keywords: innovation, economy, rankings, universities
Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results, OECD Says
The Wall Street Journal
  • According to a new study from the OECD, beefing up technology in the classroom doesn’t always lead to better education.
  • While student performance improves when they use technology in moderation, the group found, overexposure to computers and the Internet causes educational outcomes to drop.
  • The report suggested that “we have not yet become good enough at the kind of pedagogues that make the most of technology; that adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices will just dilute the effectiveness of teaching.”
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Keywords: education, technology, educational technology, research, report
Valuing the Faculty
Inside Higher Ed
  • Who needs the faculty? A new working paper called “Back to School in Higher Ed: Who Needs Faculty?” asks that question and answers resoundingly that face time with faculty members is key to student success.
  • Unfortunately, colleges and universities continue to divert funds away from instruction in an attempt to cut costs -- a strategy that actually hurts them in the long run.
  • “Although 50 years of research has shown that faculty/student interaction is crucial to student success, recent trends and newly adopted practices in higher education actually decrease the possibilities for faculty to interact with students in the amounts and the ways that matter most.”
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Keywords: higher education, faculty, research, trends
Flashy university buildings: do they live up to the hype?
The Guardian
  • Everyone’s aim is to create noble and sustainable buildings and campuses that will attract talented staff and students, boosting the university’s standing in the competitive international league.
  • Ambitious university leaders bring together the powerful combination of “starchitects” and wealthy sponsors eager to provide funds for flagship buildings bearing their names. Their designs hint that universities are organisations whose mission is to question traditional ways of thinking, to break down conventions.
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Keywords: universities, architecture, innovation, sustainability, design
What Does Innovation Mean to You?
The Teachers Guild
  • What does innovation means to you? As the term has become an overused buzzword, too often deployed as a marketing catch-phrase, its meaning has become obscured and diluted.
  • We’ve asked teachers, administrators, designers, editors and students to tell us what innovation means to them and to share with us some of their favorite innovations.
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Keywords: higher education, trends, future of education
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Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2015.

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