24 March 2017
Nature Index has published a supplement on Japan indicating that the country’s research output has stagnated over the last few years both relatively and absolutely. Between 2005 and 2015 Japan’s world share of research articles fell from 8.4% to 5.2%. In contrast, the number of papers produced in China has increased remarkably.
16 March 2017
The latest IREG forum was held at Qatar University, Doha, from the 12th to the 14th of March. There were 120 participants from all continents with a particularly strong presence from Middle Eastern countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. The theme of the conference was “Excellence as the University Driving Force” and there was a total of 23 addresses and presentations.
To highlight government research institutions that have achieved the greatest impact in innovation and did the most to advance science and technology, Clarivate Analytics teamed up with Reuters News to create the second annual ranking of the top 25 World’s Most Innovative Research Institutions - ranking of government research institution. US Department of Health and Human Services, France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission ( better known by its French acronym CEA) and Germany’s Fraunhofer Society top the ranking. The US is tied with Germany for the most institutions in the ranking France and Japan each are featured four times; and Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the UK each have one institution ranked among the top 25. European institutions dominate the list, followed by those from Asia-Pacific and then by the North American government-funded research organizations.
13 March 2017
An international conference IREG Forum 2017 Excellence as the University Driving Force opened at Qatar University In Doha, Qatar in the presence of some 120 representatives of universities from 35 countries and experts on academic rankings and higher education. The conference was opened by Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President of Qatar University. Key note speeches delivered: Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim, Economic Adviser for H.H. the Emir of Qatar at Amiri Divan and Francisco Marmolejo, Tertiary Education, The World Bank.
The Scientometrics Lab at Information Technology University, Lahore, Pakistan, has produced a ranking of Muslim universities, the Quality Research Ranking, with data derived from the Scopus database. The format and indicators are similar to those of the Leiden Ranking. Lists can be generated for total publications, highest, high and medium quality publications, and international and institutional collaboration and can by filtered by type of institution (broad or specialised) and number of publications. The default ranking is of highest quality publications.
02 March 2017
The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy has published its Best Chinese Universities Ranking, which covers a total of 500 institutions. The objective of the ranking is “to provide students, parents and other stakeholders with reliable and comparable information about Chinese universities.”The criteria for inclusion are a minimum undergraduate enrollment of 100 and publication of 100 papers in journals indexed by Scopus.
27 February 2017
Duncan Ross, Director of Data and Analytics at Times Higher Education (THE), at a meeting of university leaders in Davos last month, presented evidence on the relationship between income and excellence in higher education. He noted that there was a strong relationship between GDP per capita and the quality of a country’s higher education system as measured by the mean overall score of those universities included in the THE World Universities Rankings. The best performing country for overall quality is Singapore while the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland also perform well.
17 February 2017
Governments and universities around the world are increasingly concerned with increasing the number of international students who can improve income and boost performance in global university rankings. The number of international students is currently an indicator in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE), and Round University 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.
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.
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