U o O please explain!

The University of Auckland was ranked in the top 151-200 universities, an improvement on 2015 when the institution was ranked in the top 201-300.

### ODT Online Thu, 25 Aug 2016
Otago drops in academic ranking
By Margot Taylor
The University of Otago has dropped in an annual list of the world’s top universities. The university was ranked in the 300-401 band of the top 500 universities in the world in Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016, the first time in eight years it has not been in the top 200-301. […] Otago University was the only New Zealand institution to drop in the list since it was last ranked.
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9 responses to “U o O please explain!

  1. Elizabeth

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016
    ODT: Languages and cultures, history depts staff told job loss numbers
    University of Otago staff in the languages and cultures and history departments were yesterday given letters advising how many staff are likely to be cut from the departments during a division shake-up. It is understood that one full-time position within the French, German, Spanish and Japanese programmes will be axed. Humanities pro-vice-chancellor Prof Tony Ballantyne said the letters advised of “reductions in the overall number of positions”, not job cuts.

  2. Peter

    Unfortunately for Humanities it comes down to numbers of students enrolling.
    It is true the humanities have their place in any decent university.
    Not so sure about the critic and conscience stuff now compared to decades ago. Maybe reflective of meaner financial times, paying university fees etc.
    Neoliberalism has kicked the stuffing out of critic and conscience. Not that many Bryce Edwards’ around to question the Establishment.

    • Elizabeth

      Don’t forget Prof Andrew Geddis (Law).

    • A

      Bryce Edwards analyses and forecasts Establishment patterns of governance, he does not challenge them, which may not be his role.

      The critic and conscience ethos referred to students, not so much staff, as being the critic and conscience of Society. I first heard this term in 19(mumble). Actually, they’re still giving Society a good telling off. The critics that matter, who speak to their World, include Millie Lovelock and Scout Barbour-Evans.

  3. Elizabeth

    Tragic games, A. Or a use-by date surpassed, well and truly.

    You probably believe that too.

    When was the last time you read the following webpage to locate Dept of Politics ?

    http://www.otago.ac.nz/humanities/about/departments/otago054228.html

  4. Peter

    One thing is certain. Redundancy, and how you go about it, is no different whether we are talking about the private or public sector. Always an element of surprise….despite talk of transparency…seems vital for those who do the cuts. Otherwise resistance is given more time to gather forces to resist.
    It is the more courageous who stick their head up from the trenches to criticise the process. Often the recently retired have more liberty to criticise.
    Unis are no different, or better, than anywhere else when it comes to this process ….despite the veneer of liberal niceness.

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