Global university rankings are here to stay. There is little doubt they are drivers of policy decisions by institutions and governments alike. Discussion about the benefits and shortcomings of rankings, and whether they are instruments of power or tools for measurement have been well rehearsed over recent years, and will continue to provoke debate.

But what metrics should be used to gauge levels of internationalisation? What metrics are appropriate to capture the effectiveness of the local engagement of an institution? What is the relevance of global rankings to local impact? Can an institution be world leading and locally relevant?
Questions include:

  • Should institutions focus resources on areas which will improve their place in global rankings or maximise their local impact? Are these two areas mutually exclusive, or can global position lead to greater local impact?
  • Where might institutions invest their resources in order to achieve maximum impact locally and globally?
  • How can policy makers better support institutions to engage globally while retaining local relevance?


  • Simon Baker, Data Editor, Times Higher Education, UK (Facilitator)
  • Michael Peak, Senior Adviser – Education Research, British Council, UK
  • Irina Arzhanova, Executive Director, National Training Foundation, Russia
  • Daria Kozlova, First Vice Rector, ITMO University, Russia
  • Dr Hans Pohl, Programme Director, STINT, Sweden