On 13 March, the Corvinus 2030 Project Steering Committee hosted its third workshop discussion on university transformation, which focused on examining university rankings in relation to renewal. At the event, Deputy Rector for Education, Lajos György Szabó, the professional leader of the “Education/Education Administration sub-project” gave an introductory lecture, which was followed by a discussion of what was said.
In the opening of the workshop discussion held at the Corvinus Faculty Club, Oszkár Zoltán Szántó, Deputy Rector General and the professional leader of the Project Steering Committee (PIB) responsible for renewal, spoke: the goal of renewal is the comprehensive development of teaching and research work on Corvinus, advancing in rankings is not an end in itself, but must reflect and make visible this development. According to him, the work of the ranking working group can greatly help in deciding which, taking into account the possibilities of the University, in which rankings advancing can be a realistic goal. Lajos Szabó György also emphasized the importance of caution in relation to international rankings, but according to him, they have become indispensable players in the global higher education market, therefore a more thorough understanding of their operation should be sought.
In his presentation, Lajos György Szabó presented the results of the ranking working group of the sub-project involving both internal and external experts in recent months. The aim of this work is to map existing global rankings and gain a thorough understanding of their evaluation methodology; an overview of Corvinus locations, strengths and areas for improvement; and on the basis of these, simulations were performed which show the changes in an evaluation criterion that can lead to a change in the position in the rankings while other aspects remain the same.
The most important rankings are generally said to be that institutions are evaluated on the basis of past performance It is worth focusing on those rankings for which the entry criteria are known, and the existence of specialty rankings is also an important aspect, as they only include real competitors. Based on these, the global rankings of THE and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), as well as the field rankings of THE, QS, and Financial Times, are the most relevant for Corvinus. Several of these are already ranked high by the University or some of its programmes, but for QS, for example, data on Corvinus are incomplete in the global rankings, despite the fact that the regional rankings of the same organisation are based on all available information. Increasing the number of publications can be seen as an important step forward for these rankings; reducing the number of students per teacher; intensified contacts with alumni, employers and other universities, which can play an important role due to the reputation factor of rankings; and a web appearance that will improve a lot with the launch of the new university website.
The presentation presented in the workshop discussion is available by clicking here