Foundations of University Ranking


Foundations of University Ranking provides an introductory look into the purpose of university rankings and explores common ranking agencies’ methodologies.


This online course provides the prerequisite knowledge required for all other courses in the Building World Class Universities knowledge track.



What You'll Learn

• An introduction to the history and importance of university rankings

• An exploration of two ranking agencies

• Suggestions for initiating your university’s ranking journey


This course consists of the following three modules:

1. Introducing University Rankings

2. Exploring Ranking Bodies

3. Planning Next Steps

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

✓ Differentiate between QS, THE, and ARWU methodology and key indicators

✓ Differentiate between global and regional ranking methodology

✓ Reflect on their university's five year rankings vision

✓ Create a rankings action plan for a university

Who It's For

University leadership, faculty, and staff whose work is related to university ranking and reputation building.

Get Prepared

New to university ranking bodies, registration, and submission preparation? If so, Foundations of University Ranking is a great start!


This online course includes practical, interactive worksheets. We recommend you use a laptop or tablet if possible.


Course Expert(s)

Cameron Mirza


Cameron is the Chief of Party for Pre-Service Teacher Education in Jordan.

He works with the Government of Jordan and the university sector to increase the quantity and improve the quality of school teachers countrywide through policy reform, data, building capacity, and improving the public perception of teaching in society. 

Previously, Cameron was MENA Director for Nottingham Trent University working with governments to close skills gaps and spent several years reforming the higher education sector of the Kingdom of Bahrain. First, as Head of Strategy at the Ministry of Higher Education, then as Director of Strategy for the University of Bahrain. In the UK, Cameron was responsible for delivering such programs as the Respect Action Plan, the youth action plan, young apprenticeships, family intervention program, review of diversity in the curriculum, and review of child poverty while at the Department for Education and Skills.

Cameron was also an advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education for Egypt, supporting the improvement of over 40 Universities in Partnership with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank. Cameron is a board member of BETT MEA and sits on the Gulf talent advisory board at Oxford.



The Building World Class Universities programme is an eight-course knowledge track that supports institutions with the foundations and strategies they need to begin or continue on their journey to becoming world-class universities.


The Building World Class Universities programme includes the following online courses:

  1. Foundations of University Ranking
  2. Foundations of Bibliometrics
  3. Maximising Research
  4. Increasing Visibility
  5. Crunching Data 
  6. Branding for Degree Presentations 
  7. Developing a Distinctive Position for Your University 
  8. Developing Alumni Relationships 


Enrol in the full programme now to get a 20% discount on all courses above!



2 Hours




Self-Paced - Online



Downloadable and shareable Certificate of Completion



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