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The University of the West Indies
A Review of World University
Ranking Methodologies
What UWI must do to Improve Its Ranking in
Latin America and the World
University Office of Planning and Development
February 04, 2011
A REVIEW OF WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKING METHODOLOGIES
OVERVIEW
At the Mid-Term Review held in Barbados on August 18-20, 2010, it was agreed that the PVC
responsible for Planning and Development would coordinate an effort with PVCs responsible for
Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies and Research respectively to prepare a document on
university rankings. The idea was to examine how Ranking Agencies went about their work,
identify the most important criteria which determined the rank of an institution, make an
assessment of the value and relevance of rankings criteria to UWI and to look at how rankings
criteria might be useful to UWI in improving its own performance in areas that are measured
internationally.
A much larger and detailed document on this subject by Anand Dass, Planner at the University
Office of Planning and Development preceded this and this was circulated among the PVCs and
the Vice Chancellor with a request for comments and feedback.
The PVC Planning and Development expresses gratitude on behalf of the University Office of
Planning and Development for all feedback.
Following feedback, the document was thoroughly revised by the PVC Planning and
Development and is now laid as a document for information and discussion at F&GPC.
F&GPC is asked to consider and approve the nine (9) recommendations at the end of the report
as follows:
1. Implement faithfully and diligently recommendations emanating out of Mid-term Review
(August 2010) and identified in the nine (9) domains for action.
2. Implement items identified under the Critical Areas UWI needs to Focus on to Improve
its Ranking in Latin America and the World in earlier pages of this document (pp19-22).
3. Strategically assess gains and gaps in terms of our key objective of building up and
sustaining a top class research enterprise at UWI, design a specific achievable plan going
forward over the next five (5) years and establish the framework, infrastructure and
personnel required to achieve this i.e. a viable and sustainable Research Enterprise with
minimum expectation of output.
4. Spend strategic thinking time on the reports and recommendations emanating as
institutional research from the University Office of Planning and Development so that
quality, relevance and responsiveness across the University can be improved through
specific targeted initiatives that are effectively managed at both University and Campus
levels.
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5. Make a multimode, learner-centred environment central to education at UWI and
meticulously examine in a holistic manner the things that are required to be done to
strengthen the role of e-learning, to leverage the strategic role of the Open Campus in a
better integrated delivery system for UWI and to support an enlightened and enriched
learning environment.
6. Transform curriculum to embrace critical thinking strategies, a sustainable development
framework, an entrepreneurial disposition and an appreciation of the requirements of
competitiveness and think through the sequence of interventions that might be pursued
not just to create an ideal UWI graduate for work but an ideal citizen with skills,
competencies, disposition and orientation to be a catalyst for development interventions
in government, business and civil society that can be value creating and wealth
generating.
7. Mandatory compliance to populate the University Performance Management System with
the relevant data to support analysis of departmental progress and to facilitate assessment
and evaluation of comparative performance across UWI.
8. Establish a clear strategy for the financial sustainability of UWI with a plan for
predictable government funding; a well-defined, well-demarcated set of strategies and
responsibilities for non-governmental funding with annual targets and a specific
comprehensive student support system based in scholarships, work study and loans.
9. Executive management to establish a framework for monitoring eight (8) items identified
above.
Bhoendradatt Tewarie
Pro Vice Chancellor
Planning and Development
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