Ranking News

24 June 2016

The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy has produced a set of rankings in seven engineering disciplines: Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Energy Science and Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

The methodology is significantly different from that of the global Academic Ranking of World Universities. There are eight indicators: papers indexed in Scopus (10%), number of papers in the 25% most cited (10%), the number of papers in the 1% most cited (10%), number of citations compared to average number of citations (20%), proportion of publications with international co-authorship (10%), percentage of publications with corporate or industrial co-authors (20%), most cited researchers (10%), and staff winning significant awards (10%).

22 June 2016

Times Higher Education (THE) has published the fourth edition of its Asian University Rankings. The methodology is based on that used in the THE world rankings with some modifications. The weighting for the survey-based teaching reputation and research reputation indicators has been reduced by five percent and three percent respectively, while that for research income, research productivity and income from industry has been increased.

Observations on the two recent Arab university rankings (US News and QS) coming from within the Arab academic world. Cesar Wazen, Director of Scholarships & Partnerships Office at Qatar University formulated some questions relevant from the regional point of view.

17 June 2016

US News is best known for its America’s Best Colleges, a ranking of US institutions. Recently, however, it has ventured into the global arena and published global and regional rankings. The latest is its Arab Region rankings which have been published in the same week as QS’s Arab rankings.

14 June 2016

The UK based consulting and data company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published four regional rankings for the Arab Region, Asia, Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) and Latin America. Some indicators are found in all four rankings: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty Student Ratio, Faculty with PhD, Papers per Faculty, Citations per Faculty, International Faculty and international students. In addition, other metrics have been added to reflect regional needs and availability of data.

The most innovative university in Europe according to Reuters ranking is Catholic University KU Leuven, a Dutch-speaking school based in Belgium's Flanders region. Inventions and patent applications were key criteria in the Reuters ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities, done in partnership with the Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters.

10 June 2016

The Moscow based company RUR Rankings Agency has produced a reputation ranking of international universities. The ranking is based on survey data collected by Thomson Reuters over the last six years and equal weighting is given to research reputation and postgraduate teaching reputation. At the top the rankings are very similar to the recently published Times Higher Educationreputation rankings. The top six – Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT), Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge and University of California at Berkeley – are the same in both although in a slightly different order.

08 June 2016

University of Warsaw is the winner in the Perspektywy University Ranking 2016. Jagiellonian University in Krakow was second, and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan took the third place, followed by three best Polish technical universities Warsaw University of Technology, Wroclaw University of Technology and AGH University of Science and Technology  in Cracow.Among the private schools Kozminski University again defended the title of the best private university in Poland. SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities was second and Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw third.
In addition to the overall university ranking, rankings by subjects were published covering 47 main fields of study or their groups. These rankings are of particular importance for the candidates for students as they allow to compare not just universities but also learn where the subject of choice is taught on the highest level.

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News from IREG Members

Report on Activities of IREG Observatory 2015-1016

Dr. Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence at the General Assembly held in Lisbon on 6 May 2016 presented a detailed report on activities of the organization, the President and members of the Executive Committee in the period: May 2015 – May 2016.

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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).

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