The impact ranking systems have on universities around the world was discussed at a UKZN gathering which featured visiting United States academic, Dr Luc Beaudoi.

A Vice-Provost for Internationalisation and Associate Professor at the University of Denver, Beaudoi said university rankings undoubtedly had a major influence on how each institution was perceived and could be seen as an accurate reflection of an institution’s general performance and could also have an influence on enrollments.

However, the measurement system had a negative impact on some newly-established institutions working hard for international recognition and to attract students from around the world. The ability to attract international students created a positive financial flow for learning institutions, enabling them to build sustainable international relations.

Beaudoi opened the discussion on the advantages of internationalisation and the structure of how universities are ranked.

He made it clear that to be recognised internationally universities needed to do more than just publish large amounts of academic material.

Beaudoi said funding and preparing students for international experiences were important factors in encouraging strong international relations between universities.

He congratulated UKZN’s Corporate Relations Division for continuously strengthening the University’s brand through building relations with international universities, such as Denver University. In light, UKZN Corporate relations director (Acting) Normah Zondo was very proud that the university hosted this informing lecture and that she was motivated to continue building the university brand reputation.