---- Why don't the world university rankings include the winner of the ACM
ergophobe - 6:16 pm on Sep 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
So you think that this competition is not important and the results of it don't show how good the university is
I won't say that - what I will say is this. In the US most big, famous schools have football teams. If a school has a great football team, it tells you little to nothing about how good their human physiology program is. In many cases it doesn't even tell you anything about how good their coaches are. It tells you how many resources they are willing to devote to winning the competition.
Schools that want to win competitions will recruit top players, whether it's a guy who can run like crazy or code like crazy. It doesn't mean they are offering top-notch instruction to their regular students and it doesn't mean their teachers are awesome. It means they have enough awesome students to win the competition. That's it.
I can tell you this - if Harvard University with their multi-billion dollar endowment (at least it used to be and was by far the biggest in the world) thought this competition was important to win, they would win it by buying the best team. But they would never win it by being the best undergraduate computer science education on the planet.
Don't misunderstand me - I am not saying the university in question is not a fine institution with an awesome education. I'm saying that winning this competition or not tells me little to nothing about that.