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lamerde
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2/7/2016 4:21:01 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
I'm posting this here since the Education forum is dead.

What do you think about university rankings? Do they play a major factor into your decision to pursue a university program? How much weight (if any) do you think they should hold when it comes to employment opportunities?
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2/7/2016 11:04:55 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 2/7/2016 4:21:01 AM, lamerde wrote:
I'm posting this here since the Education forum is dead.

What do you think about university rankings?
They are prone to manipulation (*cough cough* City University of Hong Kong *cough cough*) and while they're a useful reference, they aren't the most accurate gauge of university competence.
Do they play a major factor into your decision to pursue a university program?
Well, I guess the idea of getting into the 9th best linguistics department in the world did encourage me not to change my decision... but I've decided on HKU linguistics before they even climbed to the top 100 departments, so it's not that big a factor.
How much weight (if any) do you think they should hold when it comes to employment opportunities?
None, I think. Employers can generally tell whether you come from a degree mill, an incompetent university or a competent one, so a Harvard graduate will do much better than someone from one of those little-known colleges, but that's it. It's not like someone from UCLA will do better than someone from UC Berkeley just because of UCLA's slightly higher ranking; graduates from both are sought after.

Many other factors are much more important (previous work experience. GPA, etc.)
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2/7/2016 5:44:49 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 2/7/2016 4:21:01 AM, lamerde wrote:
I'm posting this here since the Education forum is dead.

What do you think about university rankings? Do they play a major factor into your decision to pursue a university program? How much weight (if any) do you think they should hold when it comes to employment opportunities?

The rankings are entirely arbitrary. All my siblings went to the exact same highschool and uni (two of them took the same departments on the same year).
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2/7/2016 5:55:06 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 2/7/2016 5:44:49 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:
At 2/7/2016 4:21:01 AM, lamerde wrote:
I'm posting this here since the Education forum is dead.

What do you think about university rankings? Do they play a major factor into your decision to pursue a university program? How much weight (if any) do you think they should hold when it comes to employment opportunities?

The rankings are entirely arbitrary. All my siblings went to the exact same highschool and uni (two of them took the same departments on the same year).

Something comparable happened to one of my friend's siblings.
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Andromeda_Z
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2/9/2016 2:29:49 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
They really don't matter at all. What matters is what you accomplish. Get some work experience, guys! Show how much you've learned at your university!

*this advice is not tailored to those who wish to work in academia, as I'm told it's an entirely strange field