Ranking News

12 October 2018

The latest list of the world’s most innovative universities has been published by Reuters. The top spots are dominated by the United States, while Germany, Japan and South Korea are well represented. There are no universities from Latin America, Africa, South Asia, Australia or the Middle East outside Israel in the top 100.

10 October 2018

uniRank publishes global rankings of the web popularity and social media activity of universities. They have published a ranking of the most popular higher education institutions on YouTube which is restricted to those that are accredited by national authorities, offer post-graduate or four-year undergraduate degrees, and use traditional course delivery format.

In recognition of its initiative regarding a new approach to the ranking of engineering studies, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence has been invited to the inaugural meeting of the Engineers Europe Advisory Group that took place at the prestigious Residence Palace in Brussels in mid-September. The idea behind the Engineers Europe is to foster stronger relations between academia, engineering profession and industry as well as reinforcing of the branding of the engineering profession. Dirk Bochar, Feani Secretary General compared the Engineers Europe Advisory Group to ...a vehicle that promoting interest of engineers will assit in providing effective solutions to the challenges of our European economies...

05 October 2018

Singapore’s two leading universities, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have performed very well in international rankings. NUS is currently 23rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings while NTU is 51st.They are 50th and 73rd in the Round University Rankings, and 43rd and 55th in the US News Best Global Universities. A report by Kalinga Seneviratne in University World News indicates that Singapore is reconsidering the dominant research university model and the current global research-based rankings.

During the meeting of the International Council of Lobachevsky University held at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels (Belgium) on September 28-29, Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory and a Member of the International Council presented Professor Evgeny Chuprunov, Rector of Lobachevsky University with the Diploma confirming that the Lobachavsky University of Nizhny Novgorod is now a full member of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence.

29 September 2018

There have been no dramatic changes in the overall Times Higher Education (THE) World University but there are some newcomers and some less well-known universities such as Babol Noshirvani University of Technology and the University of Reykjavik have done remarkably well in the citations indicator. In addition, Chinese universities have continued to improve, and Tsinghua University is now the top institution in Asia. Meanwhile the merger of French universities into larger entities is bearing fruit, with Paris Sciences et Lettres and Sorbonne University doing very well.

25 September 2018

Nature Index is a ranking based on a database of papers in scientific journals with the greatest global impact. It is updated every six months and several supplements are issued each year. The Rising Stars supplement identifies researchers and institutions that have improved most. The indicator is the change in the fractional count between 2015 and 2017 of papers published in the selective list.The list is dominated by China, which holds nine of the top ten places and 79 of the top 200.  The combined Indian Institutes of Technology are seventh.

21 September 2018

Alex Hayman, Managing Director of Which?University, has published an article in wonkHE about UK universities misusing the results of rankings in their advertising. He refers to six cases: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Aston University, the University of Aberdeen, Newcastle University, Ulster University, and the University of the West of Scotland.The universities have responded differently. Heriot-Watt has stood by its claim that it is “one of the world’s leading universities for pioneering research informed by the needs of business and industry” and Ulster University insists that it is in the top 3% of the world’s universities, based on a total 26,000 universities in the world.

The IREG president, Prof. Luiz Claudio Costa was appointed first emeritus member of the RANKINTACS NETWORK - Brazilian Network of Research in Rankings, Indexes and Tables Classificatory in Higher Education*. The ceremony took place during the REDE RANKINTACS 2nd Seminar, held on  August 23rd, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Campinas. Luiz Costa gave a lecture entitled "Academic Rankings in Higher Education: Trends and Perspectives" in which he highlighted the university rankings importance as another source of information available to university governance, as well as potential tool for improving institutions’ quality.

IREG Initiatives

The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.

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National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.

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With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.

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The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.

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The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.

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News from IREG Members

7th Russian University Ranking by RAEX

The RAEX Rating Agency presented its the 7th annual ranking of the Russian results on the Global Competitiveness Forum in Moscow. The RAEX ranking is based on 45 indicators and survey results among 30,000 respondents: academics, students, alumni, and employers.

The top three universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), continue to maintain their positions for the fourth year in a row’, notes Alexey Khodyrev, Executive Director of University Rankings at the RAEX Rating Agency.

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.


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