At the event titled „Universities in Crossroads of National and Global Rankings” university leaders from Romania, Serbia and Hungary, the representatives of the International Ranking Expert Group as well as Hungarian and international ranking-experts discussed the correspondence between national and global rankings. Around fifty participants disputed lectures on the incompetence of global rankings to measure the performance of universities as well as on the fact that the position of the very same universities on the national ranking scales and the international ones are hardly comparable due to indicator differences. Nevertheless, the best universities are at the top of any ranking scale.

According to György Fábri, associate professor of Eötvös Loránd University (ELU) and initiator of the event, one of the most important idea was that the methodological problems of rankings as well as the demand for rankings decreases the value of global rankings, therefore, rankings by discipline and regional comparisons of institutions become widespread.

The participants welcomed the idea of organizing an international ranking-conference at ELU aimed at examining the rankings based on the performance of individual disciplines, and discussing the launch of regional European rankings.

The next phase of the project would be to arrange professional trainings and online information services for university colleagues working on rankings.

The Peer Learning Activity report is available here.

A Pear Learning Activity (PLA) was organised by the Tempus Public Foundation in the framework of the Campus Mundi project on the 6 December 2016 to examine structural and interpersonal approaches of a foreign student mentoring programmes.

The 25 participants of the event represented various institutions and come from different positions such as institutional mentoring programme coordinators, young professionals, representatives of the Hungarian Rectors' Conference and that of student unions. The PLA used the "World Cafe" method along with "Open Space" workshop techniques.

The same participants took part in both sessions. The intercultural mentoring programme was investigated systematically during the morning session, while in the afternoon session, participants worked on the preparation of a guide for student mentors.

In the first part of the programme, the participants worked on exploring problems connected to an intercultural mentoring programme. After summarising individually the eventual problems, these ideas were discussed in groups of five. Each group chose a different issue to present, such as motivation (facilitation) or sustainability (financing).

 

In the second round, the participants worked on the preparation of a student mentor guide. They discussed the responsibilities, skills, duties and opportunities related to mentoring an international student in groups and placed them on a timeline wall. Afterwards, they collected the most important experiences related to cultural differences, competencies, intercultural differences and general, but necessary information to a foreign student.

 

The PLA were useful for the involved experts and organizers as well. The host team could gather many real-life examples about the unsolved problems of mentoring programme and about the difficulties of foreign students coming to Hungary. The methodology of the workshop was a guarantee for useful discussions among the participants. According to the feedback, the deliberative technique helped to get to know the systems of other higher educational institutions and share their best practices.