A national ranking of universities is urgent

In the future, a national ranking of universities will support the awakening that is already being seen in the economy and will constitute a strong and inevitable incentive for research and production of the necessary knowledge to overcome poverty.

As soon as it is applied, the information requirement requested by the ranking will demand that the houses of study formulate institutional development plans, with teaching and research methodologies and purposes according to the requirements of the nation.

Inside, the plans will ask for the participation of all the members of the respective university communities, forming an environment of review, analysis and permanent discussion of the study plans and their research projects, with a view to the continuous updating of the curricula and its social relevance.

With the eyes of the whole country on the work of the universities, healthy competition will flourish between the houses of study, which will see the need to break with the ancient and medieval abbey of the four walls of the classroom, which dangerously it tends to exercise absolute dominance in the university academy when it is in regression.

From this perspective, the ranking will awaken among the people the love for universities, which will stop the growing dropout rate and will help to reverse the fall in their enrollment, thereby resuming their historical role as a quarry of leaders in the different fields of knowledge, with potentialities to alleviate poverty and strengthen the Venezuelan cultural heritage.

The task of curbing the deterioration of university education in Venezuela is urgent. No societal model can be sustained without a faculty and researchers capable of providing innovative solutions to the pressing problems of society. Cuba and China prepare rankings of their universities.

There are around 20.000 universities in the world, of which the prestigious QS World University Rankings evaluates a sample of 9.000. Another of the rankings accepted by the university world is the Academic Ranking of World Universities, published by Jiao Tong University, China, which evaluates and publishes the first 1.000 universities.

The most weighed variables are academic reputation, the number of students and researchers who have received Nobel prizes and Fields medals, impact of their research, refereed articles published and cited, the number of visits received by their pages in the last 12 months, rate of employability of its graduates.

Of the top 10 universities in the world, eight, with Harvard leading, are from the US. The other two are from England: Cambridge and Oxford.

The first Latin American university on the list is located between positions 101 and 150: the Brazilian University of Sao Pablo. Between the positions 201 to 300 are that of Buenos Aires and the Autonomous of Mexico. That of Chile, between 401 and 500 and between 801 and 900, the National of Colombia.

No Venezuelan university is among the first thousand.

 

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