Ranking News

18 October 2017

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has just announced the latest edition of their suite of regional rankings for Asia, Latin America, the Arab region and EECA (Emerging Europe and central Asia. The data are derived from the QS world rankings but with a different methodology in each case. In all four rankings the weighting for academic reputation is 30%, compared to 40% in the world rankings, and for employer reputation 20%, compared to 10% in the world rankings.

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13 October 2017

The Canadian magazine, MacLean’s, has just published the 2018 edition of its national university rankings. There are three main categories, medical/doctoral, comprehensive and primarily undergraduate universities. McGill, Simon Fraser and Mount Allison Top the Lists.

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

  • Beijing University of Technology (Beijing, China) Beijing University of Technology, also called Beijing Polytechnic University or Bei Gong Da, is recognized as one of the Project 211 universities.
  • University of Medecine and Pharmacy (Tîrgu Mureș, Romania) is a public university in Târgu Mureș, founded in 1945. The university is one of the 6 traditional medical schools in Romania.

IREG Observatory congratulates and welcomes the new members.

09 October 2017

The latest supplement from Nature Index, a database of leading research journals, shows the remarkable progress made by Saudi research institutions over the last few years. The bulk of high quality research is provided by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (75%) with smaller contributions from just five institutions: King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

06 October 2017

Times Higher Education (THE) has released a batch of four subject rankings: Education, Law, Business and Economics, and the Social Sciences. Education and Law are ranked separately for the first time this year.  It is noticeable that the top sections of these rankings are more varied than THE’s general world rankings. Duke University in North Carolina, ranked 17th overall, is in first place for Law. The University of Hong Kong, 40th overall, is fourth for Education, the London School of Economics, 25th overall, is in tenth place, up from 15th last year, for Social Sciences, and the University of Mannheim, 125th overall, reaches the top twenty for Business and Economics.

30 September 2017

An independent panel of Vietnamese academics has produced the country’s first national ranking of universities. Most of the data is from university websites.

27 September 2017

Reuters has released the latest edition of its 100 innovative global universities ranking. Top of the list is Stanford university in California followed by MIT and Harvard. Over half of the top universities were US or Canadian. Asia is fairly well represented with eight universities apiece from japan and South Korea, one from Singapore and one from Israel. There are also 20 European universities. The top Asian performer is KU Leuven and the top Asian institution (KAIST). There are no Latin American, African, Eastern European, Australian or South Asian universities in the top one hundred.

25 September 2017

In January 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Education and Finance Ministries indicated three targets: to develop world -class universities and world -class disciplines by 2020, to have a number of universities and disciplines among the world’s best by 2030, and for China to become a higher education power by 2050. The Double World-Class Project, formerly known as World Class 2.0, was announced by China in 2015 in a bid to develop world class universities and high-quality research disciplines.

20 September 2017

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings are an attempt to measure the value of a university degree in terms of graduate employment and outcomes.

IREG Initiatives

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.


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.


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.


News from IREG Members

The worldwide ranking UI GreenMetric Workshop in Bologna

This Bologna workshop is aimed to highlight the commitment of Italian universities towards a sustainable 360° approach. UI GM Chairperson, Riri Fitri Sari, will showcase the ranking’s structure and indicators in details. Italian participants are warmly invited to ask questions and raise issues concerning the specificity of the Italian universities to fit into the UI GreenMetric ranking. The Alma Mater Studiorum assumes the role of National Network Hub for UI GM in the framework of this event that will also host experts from RUS (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

Ranking conference in Warsaw

Polish universities feel, they deserve a better place in international rankings. To discuss what can and should be done to improve the quality of research, rectors of best universities in the country gathered 1-2 December in Warsaw at the conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective – Rankings and Strategic Management of University” organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation jointly with the Conference of Rectors (CRASP) and Polish Accreditation Commission (PAC).

Conference on Universities’ Reputation

Spanish Universidad de Navarra organizes the International Conference BUILDING UNIVERSITIES' REPUTATION Understanding the Student Perspective – Key to a Reputation Strategy, Pamplona, Spain 30-31 March 2017. www.unav.edu/bur

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.

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