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Reykjavík University criticizes comparison

Reykjavík University issued a statement to the media on Wednesday criticizing the methods used by the Icelandic National Audit Office to compare the quality of four universities in Iceland.

“An academic position and the quality of teaching are two separate things,” the statement said, explaining published studies and the percentage of teachers who hold a PhD degree does not say everything about the quality of teaching, Fréttabladid reports.

In the statement it was pointed out that Reykjavík University is a young institution and at the time of the comparison, many departments at Reykjavík University had been “taking their first steps.” The university’s law department had only been open for one year.

Reykjavík University also cast doubt on whether low costs were a positive factor in running universities.

According to the statement, the Audit Office had not included funds raised for research in its comparison, which Reykjavík University said was important for measuring an academic position.

The Audit Office’s comparison concluded that the University of Iceland offered the best quality of teaching as well as being the least expensive university for studying in Iceland and Reykjavík University came second.

Click here to read more about the comparison.

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