22 November 2015
University rankings have received a lot of attention lately in Australia. Seven of the elite Group of Eight universities have announced that they have not submitted data to the forthcoming Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) graduate employability rankings because of concerns about privacy, confidentiality and transparency.
20 November 2015
The TOP500 list is a ranking of supercomputer performance compiled by Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of the NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Martin Meuer, Executive Director of the International Supercomputing Conference.
The first place in the current ranking, as in the previous five, goes to the Tianhe-2 supercomputer which is located at the National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou, China, and was developed by the National University of Defense Technology. It has a performance of 33.86 petaflop per second well ahead of the second ranked Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States, which can manage 17.58 petaflop per second.
15 November 2015
Times Higher Education (THE) has released the results of a graduate employability survey designed by a French company, Emerging, and administered by a German company, Trendence. There were 2,287 responses from recruiters and 2,400 from the managing directors of international companies in twenty-one countries. Respondents were asked about the ideal graduate and university and to indicate which institutions produced the most employable graduates.
12 November 2015
Following the publication of their World University Rankings at the end of September, Times Higher Education (THE) have produced a series of subject rankings the latest of which, Engineering and Technology, appeared on the 11th of November. The methodology for the Engineering and Technology rankings is the same as THE’s world rankings except that the weighting for the Industry Income: Innovation indicator has been raised from 2.5% to 5% and that for Citations: Research Influence has been reduced from 30% to 27.5%.
3 November 2015
The annual rankings of Canadian universities by the magazine Maclean’s have been published. There are three categories: Medical Doctoral consisting of those universities with a medical school and a significant range of doctoral programs; Comprehensive including those with significant numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate students and professional schools; and Primarily Undergraduate comprising those concerned mainly with undergraduate education. This year McGill University in Montreal is first in the Medical Doctoral category for the 11th year in a row.
The General Assembly of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence admitted the three new members:
MGIMO University, Russia’s prestigious educational institution for young Russians and international students with international interests. http://english.mgimo.ru
Sumy State University, a young Ukrainian aspiring classical university concentrated on quality teaching, research and the “third mission”. http://sumdu.edu.ua/int/en
University of Ulsan, a Korean university with the educational goal of nurturing outstanding Korean and international students. http://en.ulsan.ac.kr
29 October 2015
The Indian Human Resource Development Ministry is proposing to provide extensive financial assistance to Indian universities to ensure that some get into the top 100 of global university rankings such as those produced by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE).
The national government is planning to select 8 to 10 institutions that are now in the top 500 and provide funding for the next three or four years to build laboratories and research infrastructure.
26 October 2015
The World Economic Forum has produced 2015-16 report on global competitiveness defined as “the set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of an economy, which in turn sets the level of prosperity that the country can earn.”
The Higher Education and Training pillar comprises secondary and tertiary enrolment rates, the quality of the education system, management schools and mathematics and science education as evaluated by business leaders, Internet access in schools, specialised training services and staff training.
The top ten countries for Higher Education and Training are:
1.Singapore 2. Finland 3. Netherlands 4. Switzerland 5. Belgium 6. USA 7. Norway 8. Australia 9.Denmark 10. New Zealand.
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.
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