Beware, Singapore Universities NTU and NUS .…!

2015 World Universities Rankings – Using The Big Lie to Perpetuate Fraud and Myth of Excellence.
Phony? Fraud? Ponzi? Scam? Snake Oil? Or Academic Dishonesty?

"The Bigger the Lie, the more it will be believed."
– Hitler in Mein Kamp, 1925 -

Adolf Hitler perfected the “Big Lie” as a propaganda technique about the use of a Lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."

An European Government-commissioned study concluded that top World Universities Rankings Standards are so based on dubious data and subjective weightings of factors that they are useless as a basis for information if the goal is to improve higher education.  “Useless” - its verdict on a popular World Universities Ranking Standard after a thorough and in-depth decomposition of its methodology.

World Universities Ranking Standards are a global multi-billion dollar industry.  A higher ranking translates to University fees from more unsuspecting students especially from the emergent rich developing countries from China, India and East Asia. To the Vendors, it means revenue from consultancy, publications and media exposure. For Universities Administrators and Managers, they represent profitable performance results, never mind that the Standards have little, often nothing, to do with their Universities’ learning mission outcome.

For parents, the Rankings represent a convenient solution to the difficult task of University choice for their children, never mind that they had invented and perpetuated the Myth of “One Best University” as well as the obvious Big Lie that “One University Fits All” regardless of your child’s interests, subject preference, learning ability and career choice. Because these students and their parents do not know better, they became easy victims to the Predators of the True Big Lies and Delusions about Universities Ranking Standards.  

The United Nations Education agency, UNESCO, has challenged the validity and reliability of University Rankings calling the World Universities Ranking Standards Bogus Ranking Standards of Dubious Excellence, as most University Professors and Academics.

The London-based QS World Universities Ranking has been called “a Fraud on the public.” Another Eminent Professor said: “QS simply doesn’t do as good a job as the other rankers that are using multiple indicators”. The Eminent Professor Simon Marginson of then Melbourne University remarked that: “I do think social science-wise it’s so weak that you can’t take the results seriously”. 

The BIG LIE Exposed.
To its naïve, gullible and unsuspecting market of prospective students and their parents, the methodology behind creating the Big Lie of World Universities Ranking Standards is vague enough so that no average reader can quite figure out how and why these Universities are ranked as they did. However, the Standards and their respective systems with its publications of numbers and statistics, supported by enthusiastic endorsements by Universities, politicians and some Professors, seem clear enough to suggest a façade of validity, thereby completing Hitler’s Big Lie formula.

Governments have a duty to intervene and ban the use of World Universities Rankings Standards by its public-funded Universities.  It is like any false and misleading marketing.  Some Universities have been known to submit incomplete and false data to Standards Vendors in the hope of improving their rankings.

When ranked undeservingly low by the Rankers, Singapore’s NTU, one of only 2 top local and Great Universities, began to re-calibrate actively in accordance with the Big Lie’s definition of “world excellence”.  Never mind that their common Mission was and has always been the Creation of Singapore’s Future.  The impact of NTU’s research excellence which had encouraged entrepreneurship in its faculty and students and produced many spin-off companies were trivialized to just research paper citations.       

To satisfy the Rankers’ preference for foreign students and faculty members, NTU embarked on a systematic purge of local Professors, never mind that many are tenured, have accomplished internationally, and have served the University with distinction, and denied admission to many qualified Singaporeans by increasing foreign students admission, and forcing those from better income families to seek and obtain admissions to, ironically, top Universities overseas.

Some laws were also possibly broken with regard to the constitutional protection of Singaporean Professors and their retirement age, but the irrational, mindless frenzy spared nothing to obtain a Brand of Questionable Authenticity.

A few hundred Singaporean Professors were purged from 2007 to beyond 2010. And more than 6,500 Singaporean students, or between 1,700-1,900 annually, were denied NTU admission into various 3-year and 4-year Undergraduate Programs from 2009-2013.

Finally by 2014, NTU was ranked as the Top Youngest University in the World by QS Ranker, and ranking just 39th Worldwide.  Indeed, what a “climb” from 77th in 2008!  Indeed, a Pyrrhic and Hollow Victory, nothing more.

Never in the short History of Singapore has so much been owed by the Nation to so many Singaporeans so stupidly sacrificed for nothing of any worthy value to our Future or the World.

Seriously, enough is enough of the stupid stuff! The Singapore Government should direct our Universities to ignore the Big Lie of World Universities Ranking Standards, as so wisely counseled by one of the main Ranker himself. 

Singapore universities should no longer participate in the Big Lie of any “World Universities Ranking” Fraud and lends our hard-earned Reputation for Authenticity and Honesty to mask their lack of credibility, validity and reliability.  We must continue to uphold the honest Truth before the World and ourselves, not out of fear of laws and penalties but because this is WHO WE ARE. Our High Standards of integrity and honesty reflect the Society we want to live in, and the values we uphold and hold ourselves to embrace.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tell you a lot about the credibility when QS World is located in Midview City, which is zoned for industrial use (office space is commercial use; URA, please take note): http://www.qs-asia.com/main/index.php/contact

Used to operate from a rented house in Soo Chow Estate!!