By: Asia First Media
Methodologies: Human Resources & Labor Review (HRLR), ChaseCareer Network, Dimension Points. All Rights Reserved

Compiled By: Barry Gartner, Emily Thompson, et al; Judge Panel: Experts from US, UK, Japan, China, Germany, France, Russia, Canada and several other institutions, as well as technoical representatives from Africa, Middle East, and Latin America.

Human Resources & Labor Review (HRLR), is a leading human competitiveness index & analysis, previously published annually in Chasecareer Network. In 2013, the London-based educational research division is acquired by Asia First Media Group and now is under intensive institutional, site and administrational restructuring. HRLR is now based in Hong Kong, London and New York.

As we performed analysis and observation over a decade, in recent years, the principal goal of the many adjustments strategies at major universities in coming years will likely be the preservation of their ability to sustain the competition for talent, reputation and research excellence.

As a result, strategies that employ institutional reserves to maintain the status quo may, depending on the length of the economic cycles, leave institutions at a disadvantage relative to universities that readjust more significantly to guarantee the availability of funds to recruit the next generation of faculty, obtain talented students and sustain the highly productive research groups already at the institution. Some who do this well will have the resources to raid high performing research groups from institutions less effectively managed.

However individual universities respond, and how effectively they take advantage of the opportunities a crisis provides, will depend on a wide range of structural, institutional, political, and financial circumstances. Much of the public conversation that affects research universities will focus on the cost and structure of undergraduate programs, especially in public institutions.

While this will be a critical conversation for those institutions, especially where the volume of undergraduates sustains portions of the research enterprise, it is not necessarily critical to the research enterprise.

Some institutions, public or private, will surely reevaluate the wide scope of activities these research universities support, some of which may no longer be economically viable.

Speculation on these topics is a favorite academic activity, exaggerated expectations of dramatic change add drama to the exercise, but our experience in studying these top private and public research universities recommends caution and prudence in anticipating big changes.

High performing universities will continue to perform better than others, even in a constrained resource environment. Less effective institutions will likely remain less effective.

The Human Resources & Labor Review (HRLR) is non-partisan, neutral college / univerities ranking system, created by a team of multi-national experts and is based on Human Resources & Labor Review Index (HRI and LRI), which provide measurements over world’s Top 300 universities graduates’ performance.