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RAEX International Group of Rating Agencies hosted the 7th International University Forum “Global Competitiveness” 5th June 2019 in Moscow. The Forum, brought together heads of top Russian universities, international higher education experts, employers, and governmental officials. The Forum’s key events included presentations of the new release of the annual Russia’s 100 Best Universities rankings and the study of HEIs and schools with a strong focus on digitalisation entitled “Human Resources for Digital Economy”. The latter included Russia’s first subject rankings of information technologies. IREG Observatory was represented at the Forum by Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President.

The General Assembly of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence voted to admit three new members.

06 June 2019

The National Academy of Inventors is an association of universities, research institutes and individual members and fellows that was established in 2010 to encourage invention and innovation. In cooperation with the Intellectual Property Owners’ Association it produces an annual list of universities granted US utility patents. This is a limited view of the world of innovation but it does reveal some interesting trends and patterns. Slightly more than two thirds of the universities or university systems in the top 100 are located in the USA. South Korea has the second largest number, followed by Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.

4 June, 2019

(EUROPE, 04. JUNE 2019) ‘Open border’ universities– according of the last U-Multirank results  –are more successful than universities with low international exchange in engaging and transferring knowledge to industry (39% higher share of publications together with industrial partners), in establishing spinoff companies (80% higher) and in patenting their ideas (2.5 times more), and their research shows higher outreach (36% higher number of top cited publications). Additionally, students of open border universities are more satisfied with their overall learning experience. These results, exclusive to U-Multirank were published today during its sixth annual release (www.umultirank.org), and assesses 1,711 universities.

The University World News just published an article University rankings organization need to do more on the IREG-2019 Conference in Bologna.

27 May 2019

There has been considerable discussion of the role of bibliometrics in the assessment of research and international ranking systems. It was noted that the current impact factor is based on citations which do not reflect the various journal functions. A document by Paul Wouters, Leiden University, Cassidy R Sugimoto, Indiana University, Vincent Larivière, University of Montreal, Marie E McVeigh, Institute of Scientific Information, Bernd Pulverer, EMBO Journal, Sarah D Rijcke, Leiden University, and Ludo Waltman, Centre for Science and Technology Studies University of Leiden, has proposed the creating of a new set of journal metrics.The comment published in Nature developed from a 2017 workshop in Leiden and argued that metrics should reflect the recognised functions of journals: registration of claims to original research, curation, evaluation, dissemination and archiving.

The latest table from Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities shows little change from last year. The top university is the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in the Flanders region of Belgium. Overall, the most innovative European universities are found in France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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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

Building university visibility - Ranking conference in Poland

„Perspektywy” Education Foundation in close cooperation with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Polish Accreditation Commission organized a conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective - Rankings and Strategic Management of a University”. The third conference under the same title was held in Warsaw on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Moscow Third University Mission Conference

"The Third University Mission" international conference, dedicated to the cooperation between universities and society  attended by over 260 delegates from 23 countries was held in Moscow November 30 and December 1. The conference was timed to the release of the new issue of Moscow International University Ranking "The Three University Missions". The conference was chaired by Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of the Lomonosov University and Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. "The Moscow Ranking opens a new generation of academic rankings", said Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory, honorary guest of the Conference.  "Almost all of the existing rankings are based mainly on indicators of research and institutional reputation. It is time for a new generation of rankings that try to look more closely to the link between university and society."


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.

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