Ranking News

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.

19 September 2017

The US News has just published the latest edition of America’s Best Colleges. Princeton continues to hold first place among the best national universities and Williams College is first among national liberal arts colleges.

14 September 2017

The Nature Index is a database of information about the authors of research articles in 68 leading international journals.  It is updated monthly and the journals included are selected by two panels of experts, Physical Sciences headed by John Morton of University College London and Yin-Biao Sun of King’s College, London.

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).

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11 September 2017

The Russian RUR rankings agency has just published the latest edition of its international university reputation rankings. The data is collected through the Global Institutional Profiles Project now run by Clarivate Analytics. It includes 783 universities from 72 countries. Of these 140 are located in the US, one less than last year, 73 in the UK, 67 in Russia, 40 each in China and Japan, 36 in Taiwan and 26 in Australia.Survey respondents are restricted to those with publications in journals listed in the Web of Science.

09 September 2017

Times Higher Education (THE) has released the latest edition of its World University Rankings. The result that has received the most publicity is the rise of Cambridge to second place so that with Oxford at the top there are now two British universities occupying the top two places. THE reports that the rise of Cambridge was due to a rise in research quality and research income while rivals Caltech and Stanford suffered because of falling institutional income and a relative decline in doctoral degrees awarded.

02 September 2017

The online magazine, PitchBook, has produced its latest annual report on universities that produce venture capital backed entrepreneurs.  The order of the rankings is not too different from a conventional research-based ranking of universities. Stanford, whose start-ups include Snap, Solyndra, Guardant Health, Opendoor and Sunrun, is in first place, followed by the University of California Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. All of the top twenty are US institutions, apart from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and two Israeli universities, Tel Aviv University and Technion.

30 August 2017

China Daily has just published an interesting ranking that counts the number of billionaires produced by Mainland Chinese universities. The data is provided by the web site of the China University Alumni Association. The top university was Tsinghua University with a total of 152 billionaires. The ranking seems quite similar to those based on research publications or academic reputation

28 August 2017

The US News rankings, America’s Best Colleges, has had a dominant role in admissions to US colleges and universities for many years. It has, however, come under severe criticism from academics and the media.

24 August 2017

The Indian central government has suspended its plans to allow international universities to set up branch campuses offering their own degrees in the country. Instead it will focus on transforming local institutions into world-class universities.

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.

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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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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.

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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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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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