Luiz Claudio Costa, the President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence met in Warsaw with Jaroslaw Gowin, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education. Also present were members of IREG Observatory leadership: Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President, Robert J. Morse, Member of the Executive Committee and Kazimierz Bilanow, Managing Director.
07 December 2018
In recent years Malaysia has made progress towards becoming an important regional centre of higher education and research. This is reflected in the performance of the country’s leading universitiesin the global rankings, especially in the QS World and Asian University Rankings.
"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."
02 December 2018
The pilot edition of the Moscow International University Ranking, or the Three University Missions ranking, was published in December 2017 and the final ranking was announced last week. The methodology combines conventional measures of Education and Research, with 45% and 25% weightings, with a new category, University and Society with a 30% weighting. The third component includes online courses published on global online platforms, share of national university publications, website pages indexed by search engines, Wikipedia page views, Twitter account followers, and alumni with an individual article in Wikipedia.
28 November 2018
The 5 Top 100 programme was launched in 2012 and aspired to place five Russian universities in the top 100 of the global rankings. At present 21 institutions are involved in the project.
23 November 2018
The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) is published by the Informatics Institute of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. It now includes 2,500 institutions in the world rankings and publishes 41 subject rankings. The current list is headed by Harvard University which is also in first place for all the indicators. There are three British universities in the top ten, Oxford, University College London, and Cambridge, and one Canadian, the University of Toronto.
23 November 2018
The number of national and regional rankings continues to increase. The Ministry of Education in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan has just published a ranking of public and private universities. The best performer based on the primary criteria was the University of Kurdistan-Hewler (UKH) in Erbil which was in first place for six primary criteria, second for student satisfaction and third for employability. The public university was founded in 2006 and is an English medium institution that follows British curricula.
16 November 2018
TOP 500 is a list of the world’s 500 most powerful computer systems. It has been published twice a year since 1993. Systems are ranked by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark. However, any system created specifically to compete in the rankings is not considered.
The top supercomputer system is Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) followed by Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), both in the United States. There are another three US Department of Energy supercomputers in the top ten. Third place goes to the Sunway TaihuLight system, at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi. Tianhe-2A (Milky Way-2A), at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China is fourth and Piz Daint, at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano is fifth.
Tia Loukkola, Director for the Institutional Development at EUA, in a critical yet well balanced article The making of university rankings – Has anything changed? points out that while the number of rankings has been growing “rankings continue to judge universities largely, if not solely, on research criteria. Educational or societal missions continue to be ignored. Even in cases in which there are criteria for mapping teaching perform.” The author recognizes IREG Observatory call for the transparency of ranking methodologies and its efforts to make rankings more professional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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