Higher Education in Russia and Beyond (HERB) - a quarterly informational newsletter published

Higher Education in Russia and Beyond team has published its fourth issue of a bulletin that is aimed at bringing current Russian, Central Asian and Eastern European educational trends to the attention of the international higher education research community.

The new issue is devoted to global university rankings.

Can one improve their ranking positions fast? And should they? Can one do that without losing their organisational identity? These are now essential questions for many universities in Central European countries, Russia, and the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States

HERB #4 is divided into three sections. The first one discusses university rankings as an instrument of power rather than measurement. Global rankings are becoming more and more influential, which causes endless criticism regarding their role in the development of higher education. The second part includes articles dedicated to the prospects of the universities situated in the HERB region. The authors have analyzed the efforts and challenges related to the development of universities’ international performance in several countries and regions. The third part contains case-studies of certain excellence initiatives.

The new and previous issues are available on HERB website: http://herb.hse.ru/en/