May 15th & 16th

Listen to Dr. André Mazawi and Sonia Medel discuss the event on RoundHouse Radio here.

EDST’s very own Dr. Michelle Stack and Dr. André Elias Mazawi, along with the School of Journalism’s Dr. Mary-Lynn Young and the rest of the organizing committee, invite you to participate in two public events (May 15 & May 16, 2017) that are connected to a four day Peter Wall Roundtable at UBC, entitled What do rankings tell us about higher education? International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Monday, May 15th—Love them or hate them: The impact of university rankings on higher education globally


Segal Centre Conference Rooms 1420-1430, SFU Harbour Centre Campus

515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

This event will feature a panel of higher education and rankings specialists including:

Nathan Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University; Founder, Shit Academics Say @AcademicsSay

Ellen Hazelkorn, Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, Dublin Institute of Technology

Mayumi Ishikawa, Professor, Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University

and will be moderated by Minelle Mahtani, Professor, University of Toronto; Host of Roundhouse Radio’s Sense of Place

*Beverages and snacks will be provided.

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Tuesday, May 16th—Connecting the dots: University rankings, journal rankings and the cost of knowledge


Coach House, Green College, UBC

6201 Cecil Green Park Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

This event will feature a panel of higher education and rankings specialists including:

Chuing Prudence, Professor, Department of Education, National Chengchi University

Heather Morrison, Principal Investigator, Sustaining the Knowledge Commons

Jandhyala B. G. Tilak, Vice Chancellor, India’s National University of Educational Planning and Administration

and moderated by Michelle Pidgeon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

*We invite you all to stay after the panel presentation and join us for extended dialogue at our ‘Wine and Cheese Mingler’–beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and finger bites will be available.

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The Roundtable will take place from May 13 – May 17 2017 and includes scholars, journalists, rankers and university leaders from different parts of the world.

The Roundtable is concerned with the ways in which university and college rankings, and the rankings of academic publications, are impacting the work and research conditions under which faculty members, students and administrators labour. The Roundtable thus offers an opportunity to participate in and contribute to a deeper and multifaceted discussion concerned with the impacts that university and college rankings have on the work conditions and wellbeing of faculty members, students and administrators in various disciplinary and academic contexts.

For more information, please visit the Roundtable website: