Ranking News

19 October 2016

The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy has released the latest edition of its Ranking of Top Universities in Greater China, covering Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. The ranking, which was first published in 2011, covers those universities that aim to attract scholars and students from the global market and have been approved to recruit students within Greater China. These include 92 Mainland universities from the 211 project, 38 in Taiwan, eight in Hong Kong and two in Macau.

14 October 2016

The full version of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings has just been released by Times Higher Education (THE). A preliminary announcement was made at the THE World Summit held recently at the University of California Berkeley.The ranking, which includes data from a survey of over 100,000 students, highlights student learning and outcomes.

12 October 2016

The latest university rankings from National Taiwan University, also known as the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, have been announced. In addition to an overall ranking of 500 universities there are six field and 14 subject rankings. They use data from the Science Citation Index and the Social Science Citation Index but not the Arts and Humanities Index.

07 October 2016

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which organizes admission to universities in Nigeria, has released data about the first preference choices of university applicants. According a report in the Premium Times of Abuja, originally published in Economic Confidential magazine, students were influenced by “academic stability, popularity, affordability, available facilities and quality of lecturers”.

03 October 2016

The new Russian Minister of Education, Olga Vasilyeva, has announced that the amalgamation of Russian universities, a policy designed to improve efficiency and coordination, will be halted. She has also indicated that there will be a reconsideration of the 5 Top 100 project aimed at getting five Russian universities into the top 100 in the global university rankings. An article by Eugene Vorotnikov in University World News reported that Vasilyeva had said on the 28th of September that the ministry was “currently suspending any further consolidations of Russian universities for an indefinite period of time. As part of these plans, there is a possibility of the revision of the Project 5-100.”

30 September 2016

Reuters has just produced the second edition of its list of the 100 most innovative universities in the world. The ranking is based on nine objective indicators: volume of patents, the proportion of patent applications that are successful, the percentage of patents filed with the European, Japanese and US patent offices, patent citation impact, the percentage of patents cited, the citation in patents of journal articles, impact on industry, percentage of articles with an industrial collaborator, and the total number of papers in the Web of Science core collection. All indicators are weighted equally except for patent citation impact and the percentage of patents cited, which have a half weighting each.

22 September 2016

The most dramatic item in the 2016-17 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings is the rise of the University of Oxford to first place replacing the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

20 September 2016

In recent years there has been a trend for government agencies around the world to use international university rankings to decide access to research funds, scholarships, exchange programmes and sometimes even to shape immigration policy. The latest example is Norway. An article in University World News by Jan Petter Myklebust and Eva Tennessen reports that grants for students studying abroad will be restricted to a list of universities derived from two international rankings. The grants are supplementary payments to universities that charge above average tuition fees.

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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.


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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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.

You may ready the report HERE.

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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