Just a quick note inspired by the World University Rankings 2014-15 published by The Times Higher Education. And restricted to European Countries.
To get a better picture of how different Countries impact teaching and research at university level, I’ve plotted both the absolute number of universities that show up in the top 400 of the ranking, and an approximation of the Country’s contribution to the ranking (in the form of the sum of the reciprocal of the rank of each university).
It’s a very superficial analysis, and it only shows the correlation between the to factors. Whether this is the result of a strategic choice (allowing most to attend university penalising quality versus few highly specialised research excellent universities) or of bad use of the available resources, I’ll leave it to more qualified voices to discuss.