23 March 2015
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released its report on patent filing activity during 2014. The USA filed the largest number of PCT applications followed by Japan and China. There was also strong growth in France and the United Kingdom but a decline in applications from Brazil, Russia and South Africa.
19 March 2015
There has been a new development in the efforts of the US Department of Education to produce a new college ratings system. It now seems that the Department is considering creating two separate ratings, one for consumers that would provide basic data and one for educators, administrators and policy experts that would reflect the demographic and social diversity of students and institutions. The second rating would be employed to ensure that institutions were accountable for reaching the public goals of access, affordability and student outcomes. This was indicated by Melanie Muenzer, deputy assistant secretary for planning and policy development, at a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
10 March 2015
The US News rankings of graduate schools have acquired considerable influence among American and international academics and students. They have become even more significant as Americans are becoming increasingly sceptical about the benefits of postgraduate education. The grad school rankings cover a broad array of subjects in science, the social sciences and humanities, business, education, engineering, law, medicine and the fine arts. This year, rankings of graduate programmes in nursing are included for the first time.
03 March 2015
Another controversy has erupted about the quality of Malaysian universities. On February 21st the official Bernama news agency reported that Idris Jusoh, the second education minister, had asserted that Malaysian higher education had achieved world-class status and was on a par with developed nations such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.
24 February 2015
Times Higher Education (THE) has unveiled a ranking of 30 MENA (Middle East and North Africa) universities at the MENA Universities Summit in Doha, Qatar. The ranking contains a single indicator, research impact, which is measured by field normalised citations of papers in the Scopus database. In addition, data on the number of publications over a five year period is provided although they are not used for ranking. THE describes the ranking as “a snapshot of what a new ranking of universities in the Middle East and North Africa could look like.”
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