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27 April 2016

The Nature Index database is updated monthly and covers high quality research publications in 68 journals chosen by two panels of scientists from the physical and life sciences. These journals represent less than 1% of natural science journals in the Web of Science but account for nearly a third of citations.

According to WFC the world’s leading institution is the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the top university is Harvard.

More than 26 universities from 16 countries top officials gathered in Jakarta Indonesia, on April 21st 2016 to present their achievements in providing World Class University Infrastructure and in fostering sustainable culture. Universitas Indonesia (UI), as the initiator of the first university ranking in the world hosted this second International Workshop on UI GreenMetric entitled ‎“Fostering Sustainable Culture in Global Universities” (http://iwgm.ui.ac.id). University of Indonesia is an IREG Member since 2012.

22 April 2016

Times Higher Education (THE) will open soon its second African summit at the University of Ghana in Legon. The theme is Globalisation and Policy Directions and the topics include “public and private universities, funding and fees, leadership and governance, internationalism and collaboration and intra-continental staff movement.” In advance of the summit THE has issued a list of the top 15 African universities. A larger table of 30 universities will be presented during the summit. The data is extracted from the THE world rankings published last year and uses the same methodology. It is more comprehensive than those prepared for the first summit in South Africa last year, which was based on a single indicator that measured normalized citations.

The latest edition of the Round University Rankings has been published by the Moscow on 12 April by RUR Rankings Agency. A total of 750 universities have been assessed in four dimensions, teaching, research, international diversity and financial sustainability, using 20 indicators. The data is supplied by Thomson Reuters who were the data providers for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings until last year.

The availability of ever more abundant volume of data allows for a more sophisticated approach to rankings but at the same time forces changes in their methodology. The authors of a resent article "How to survive changes in ranking methodology" published by the University World News have taken a closer look at the changes that have been or are being introduced into some of the most popular academic rankings and the pitfalls that the changes may cause. Explaining why changes in methodology are both necessary and inevitable, Richard Holmes and Waldemar Siwinski warn against possible problems that changes may bring, especially for universities. They appeal to ranking organizations to follow good practice when introducing changes in methodology in order to be fair to universities and at the same maintain rankings stability and credibility.

09 April 2016

India has been late in embracing he concept of university ranking. The country has also been dismayed by the poor performance of its institutions in international rankings such as those published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, QS and Times Higher Education.

05 April 2016

U Multirank shows that some elite universities have weak areas. Oxford and Cambridge both get a D for regional engagement, the National University of Singapore has Bs for number of research publications and co-publications with industry, Harvard a C for regional engagement, and Johns Hopkins University Cs for international orientation and regional engagement.

German universities, including Reutlingen University of Applied Science, Nuremberg Institute of Technology and Munich University of Applied Sciences, do especially well for knowledge transfer and Arab universities such as Qatar University, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, and Beirut Arab University, Lebanon, get high scores for joint international publications.

1 April 2016

The Valencia Institute of Economic Research (Ivie) and the BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) Foundation have released the fourth edition of the U-Ranking of Spanish universities. The ranking is based on indicators that measure Resources, Output, Quality and Internationalization in each of the three main university missions, Teaching, Research, and Innovation and Technological Development. A total of 48 public and 13 private universities have been included.

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News from IREG Members

University of Indonesia Sustainability Ranking

(Indonesia, 27th of April 2016) More than 26 universities from 16 countries top officials gathered in Jakarta Indonesia, on April 21st 2016 to present their achievements in providing World Class University Infrastructure and in fostering sustainable culture. Universitas Indonesia (UI), as the initiator of the first university ranking in the world hosted this second International Workshop on UI GreenMetric entitled ‎“Fostering Sustainable Culture in Global Universities” (http://iwgm.ui.ac.id). University of Indonesia is an IREG Member since 2012.

International recognition for Russian University Ranking

(Moscow, 16th of March 2016) Rating agency RAEX (Expert RA) became the first organization in Russia and the forth in the world whose university rankings successfully passed international audit by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. The agency received the right to use the sign “IREG approved” confirming that the methodology of the RAEX (Expert RA) University Ranking as well as the procedures of preparing the ranking and presenting its results satisfy the top quality standards. Other rankings that successfully passed the IREG audit: Perspektywy (Poland), QS (Great Britain) and CHE (Germany).

Perspektywy MBA Ranking 2015 (Poland)

(8 December 2015) In the 2015 Perspektywy ranking of MBA programs in Poland the "Canadian Executive MBA (CEMBA)" program of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics took the first place followed by the “emba@uw - Executive MBA” of the University of Warsaw and the “Executive MBA" by Kozminski University in Warsaw.

In the ranking process, seven groups of criteria were taken into consideration: the quality of program’s content (20%), employers’ preference (15%), alumni opinion (15%), quality of applying students (15%), quality of the teaching staff (15%), support of the teaching process (5%) and the perceived prestige of the diploma (15%). Altogether, 26 indicators were used to measure the above criteria.

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