ANTYUKHOVA E.A. University Rating in the Global Educational Space


Ekaterina A. Antyukhova

Candidate of Sciences (Politics), Senior Lecturer,

Comparative Politics Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,

Prosp. Vernadskogo, 76, 119454 Moscow, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. In assessing the quality of education, the author applies the rating approach. To date, a set of the most famous and authoritative ratings has been formed. The basic criteria are the provisions of the value approach, which determine the need to consider the problem of assessing the materiality of ratings.

Methods. The author uses the comparative method. It is proved that educational ratings are based on a “reference approach” to credit rating, but other solutions are possible, including similar comparisons in the service sector.

Analysis. It is established that the materiality of a rating is based on the admissibility of potential distortions of reliable ideas about the educational organization. It is clarified that the value of the comparison is based on the stability of the position in the rating to potentially possible distortions. It is shown that the QS ratings are the closest to the “pattern” comparison procedures in the investment sphere. The paper provides a historical overview of the emergence and formation of educational ratings. It is established that distortions in the rating, regardless of the reasons for their occurrence, can be eliminated by increasing the materiality not of the rating itself, but of the information placed by the university in open sources. At the same time, the comparison of positions in the rating of the actual achieved level of the criterion by the university itself allows to ensure the formation of a more reasonable public opinion about university’s capabilities.

Results. It is concluded that the proposed approach to increase the materiality of the information placed in open sources and assess the relationship between the achievements of the university and the positions in the ranking allows to establish national and global educational trends, which can be used by actors of the global educational policy.

Key words: higher education, global educational policy, university ranking, materiality of information, ranking, actors of educational policy.

Citation. Antyukhova E.A. University Rating in the Global Educational Space. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2020, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 253- 267. (in Russian). DOI:

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