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The importance of Academic Ranking

What is the importance of Academic Ranking?

It is beyond doubt that rankings have become a significant part of the tertiary education landscape, both globally and locally..

In this landscape, rankings have risen in importance and proliferated in unimaginable ways. It’s become commercialized and, with it, so has the sophistication of companies and organizations that rank colleges and universities. Undoubtedly, rankings now play such a big role in shaping the opinions of current and potential students, parents, employers, and government about the quality of tertiary education institutions..

The emergence of this rankings obsession is, at the same time, a legitimate source of concern about its misuse, especially when it is used solely for promotional purposes, or, even worse, when it becomes the main driver of policy decisions for governments and tertiary education institutions. Nowadays, it is common to observe entire policies and programs from governments apparently more concerned with the position in the rankings than on the relevance of their tertiary education institutions. Sometimes, this results in diverting significant amount of resources to some institutions while limiting support for others. If rankings become the end rather than the means towards better tertiary education, then this should be a matter of concern. An excessive importance given by institutional and government decision-makers on rankings may be both disturbing and alarming..

It is evident that rankings do have a value as a reference and as basis for comparison. However, they do not always serve as the best proxy of quality and relevance of tertiary education institutions. Let’s keep in mind that any ranking is eventually an arbitrary arrangement of indicators aimed at labeling what it is being pre-defined by the ranker as a “good” educational institution..

Those in favor of rankings –especially rankers- may argue that in the absence of sound and comparable information, rankings are the best option for determining the quality of colleges and universities. However, as the saying goes, the devil is in the detail. This pre-defined vision of an ideal institution does not always take significant contextual differences into consideration. It tends to impose a one-sided vision of an institution –mostly a traditional research oriented and highly selective university- which is not necessarily the most responsive to the varied needs of the communities where these institutions are located..

Most well-known rankings tend to equate institutional quality with research productivity, which is measured either by the number and impact of their publications in peer-reviewed journals, or the selectivity on their admission processes. Of course, such a proxy of quality downgrades institutions that place greater emphasis on teaching and prolongs the “publish or perish” principle. In pursuing better position in the rankings, most probably internal and external funding may tend to favor academic programs or research units that are more inclined to get involved in the dynamics of researching and publishing. Finally, it diminishes the role of other important functions of tertiary education institutions such as teaching and public service..

For all of that, Lighthouse Academy seeks to achieve and to be included in international academic rankings. .

Lighthouse Academy is listed by the following academic institutions:

Webometrics Ranking of Universities

The "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities" is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. CSIC is among the first basic research organizations in Europe. The CSIC consisted in 2006 of 126 centers and institutes distributed throughout Spain. CSIC is attached to the Ministry of Education and its main objective is to promote scientific research as to improve the progress of the scientific and technological level of the country which will contribute to increase the welfare of the citizens. CSIC also plays an important role in the formation of new researchers and technicians in the different aspects of the science and the technology. Lighthouse Acadmey had a ranking of 19 in Syria and 21965 in the world..


The ESL Directory

The ESL Directory, an Envisage International Corp website, is the premier international student resource for locating English as a Second Language (ESL) programs from all around the world. With over 1,000 program listings, the ESL Directory is the most comprehensive listing of English Schools on the internet, and the easy to use search tool makes the process simple and intuitive for students choosing a program. The original ESL Directory launched on September 9th, 1999 and has provided thousands of students from around the world with access to school and programs to help them learn English as their second language. Now celebrating our 10th year, we have totally revamped and relaunched our site to now provide even more functionality to both students and school administrators alike .


Edarabia is the Middle East's #1 Education Guide; helping students, parents and educators compare and select the best institutions. Launched in 2005 (formerly, Edarabia has become a trusted source in the field of education. Visitors to the site can follow the latest industry news, upcoming events, job listings, research studies, compare college ratings and add reviews. Edarabia covers all levels of education including but not limited to universities, colleges, schools, nurseries, language institutes, training academies, music schools and online universities..



StudyPortals is an Eindhoven-based company involved in providing an online education choice platform, listing more than 134,000 undergraduate, postgraduate, distance learning, preparation course programmes worldwide, along with other international education resources. They also have a scholarship listing portal, called ScholarshipPortal, enabling students to search for scholarship options from institutions and organizations around the world. The company initially started out as at the end of 2007, and has since expanded to BachelorsPortal, MastersPortal, PhDPortal, DistanceLearningPortal, ShortCoursesPortal, and PreparationCoursePortal. Besides more than 2,400 participating universities, StudyPortals is cooperating with and supported by the European Commission and other national higher education institutes such as DAAD (Germany), Nuffic (Netherlands) and the British Council (UK). StudyPortals has been part of several EU-funded projects in the field of higher education and regularly publishes reports about developments on the European higher education sector. According to their website, StudyPortals has more than 29 million visitors per year..


Summer Schools

The Summer Schools & Summer Courses Directory was set up in 2007 to provide a service for people searching for summer schools or courses online. There are many great courses available, in the UK and elsewhere, but internet searching can be both time consuming and frustrating, and may not always come up with the best options..

Now the UK's biggest directory of Summer Schools & Summer Courses, the website provides information about hundreds of different courses, and you can easily filter your search by subject, age and location. Listings are FREE to all summer schools (paid options are also available)..

The Summer Schools & Summer Courses directory is owned and operated by Contrada Ltd, a small business based in Oxford, UK. The directory is a listings site, and Contrada Ltd has no responsibility for any aspect of the courses listed..


ESL Base

Your guide to the world of TEFL. How to get qualified, find a job, ace an interview, make sense of all the acronyms, survive a teaching job and more.



Educamia was founded in October 1998. We offer you a unique service: you will be in touch direct with the best Language Schools and Universities Worldwide. Our Search Engine specialised in Language Courses allows you to find the most suitable course at the best price direct..


University Directory

International Database of universities and academic institutions.


The Lighthouse Academy is a collegiate university [[research university]] located in Idleb, Syria. It has date of foundation of 2016, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 2013 making it one of the oldest academies with specialization of English language in in the Middle East. It grew rapidly from 2016 till now.

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