How to Find Your Way
Finding your way through the many existing rankings is no easy task
- What do rankings say?
Rankings can give some useful information, provided they are read carefully and in depth. First, it is always useful to have a look at more than just one and read beyond the top positions. In addition, most rankings are the synthesis of many different parameters; some universities might be better in some respects than others with a higher overall position.
- What do rankings not say?
Despite the way in which they are presented, rankings do not entirely reflect the quality of universities. Much essential information is missing because it is not available or only partially, especially for what concerns those aspects that are not strictly measurable. To name but a few, services and infrastructure of the universities are not taken into account, nor is the opinion of students.
- Why is Bocconi not present in all rankings?
Bocconi considers rankings a useful comparison with other universities, encouraging us to continuous improvement as has always been our goal. Joining a ranking, however, involves often very intense work for collecting and processing data that we can only do for the most credible rankings. In addition, our highly specialized nature often makes a comparison with comprehensive universities meaningless and therefore in some cases (for example in the QS World University Ranking) we are in the faculty ranking but not in the general one. Finally, the current methods tend to be biased precisely against non-English speaking and specialized universities.
Those who are in the process of choosing a degree program may surely look for help by reading international rankings. However, rankings should be read carefully and in depth. It is just as important to consider the many other factors that cannot be expressed in any ranking.