I’ve posted many times before here on different league tables, even occasionally adding a little critique to the reports. Anyway, I thought it was about time to present a ranking of the rankings, a thoroughly objective assessment of the merits of each assembled into a definitive league table, the like of which has not been seen before (probably).
The top 20 appears below. Each of the league tables was awarded a score which has then been scaled. The criterion used to assess the rankings was as carefully chosen as each of the criteria in the tables themselves but can you guess what it is? Wonkhe badge for first person who gets the right answer.
The Ranking of Rankings
Guardian League Table
People and planet
Free Speech University Ranking
Ecole des Mines de Paris league table
Student Drinking League
THE 100 Under 50
Global Employability Ranking
The Times/Sunday Times League Table
Graduate Rich List
THE World University Ranking
Academic Ranking of World Universities
Complete University Guide
Economist Full-Time MBA Ranking
QS World University Ranking
University Ranking by Academic Performance
Universitas 21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems
So there you have it. The ultimate ranking of rankings.