Using university rankings, it is possible to create your own priorities and find out who responds to them and to what degree.
To discover that some indicators can be more easily achieved together, and to find out the opposite, that the common pursuit of certain goals practically does not lead the university to success.
Which size and ratio between professors and students are the most fruitful to universities. How many foreign students and professors are in the most successful universities and what is their dynamic? There are many such questions to which aggregated data can give answers.
The history of rankings, mechanisms of their appearing and reasons of their popularity are little scrutinized yet although they are widely spread in the modern information flow, they are widely used during the evaluation for organizations of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Russian Academy of Science as key indices.