How did we compile the WUR by Subject – Computer Science?

With this week’s release of the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, we produced a series of videos, which explain in a somewhat unusual manner, the methodology behind compiling our Subject Rankings.

The first of the series presents the Top 10 Universities in Computer Science and gives a sneak peek of how we ‘really’ come up with our results!


Do schools (and universities) kill creativity?

Most of you will be familiar with TED (www.ted.com). It has been there in the back of my mind for some time, but I haven’t found the time to watch much of its extensive material. This video sees “creativity expert” Sir Ken Robinson talk about the role of education in suppressing or nurturing innate creativity. I found it entertaining and thought-provoking. His focus is at younger ages, but I would argue that much of his commentary is applicable to universities too and that it is increasingly unacceptable for them to simply accept that the damage has already been done. What do you think?

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Sir Patrick Stewart at Going Global 2012

As usual, Going Global 2012 was plenty of networking opportunities, debates and interesting insights on the higher education industry.

One of the highlights of the event was the closing speech delivered by Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for his performances as Captain Picard and Professor Xavier. But the X-Men and Star Trek star has personal interests beyond acting: he is the Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield (UK). Also, he is Professor of Performing Arts at the University and regularly delivers sessions for drama students.

During the final session of Going Global, the renowned actor offered truly inspiring words, praising the internationalisation of higher education as a genuine path to peace and global prosperity.

[alert_yellow]Sir Patrick Stewart’s speech can be accessed here.[/alert_yellow]

Honorary doctorates boldly go where no doctorate has gone before

by Ben Sowter

Widespread coverage in Canada regarding McGill University awarding William “Captain Kirk” Shatner with an honorary doctorate. Here he gives a pretty respectable acceptance speech, and this award may be well justified – after all this man has saved mankind on several occasions, but it did pique my curiosity as to other honorary doctorate recipients that perhaps may or may not be so deserving.

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