Elitism may be an inevitable consequence of Australia’s quest for university rankings

The climb up the global Times Higher Education rankings will cost more than just higher course fees.

“The higher education sector is being held back and cannot compete with the best in the world,” Treasurer Joe Hockey said in his recent budget address. “[It] should have at least one university in the top 20 in the world, and more in the top 100.”

But how will this goal impact the Australian higher education system?

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