Ranking News

18 January 2018

The latest edition of the ranking of Chilean universities by Gea Universitas and the newspaper El Mercurio was published on 21 December. Altogether 46 institutions were ranked.

16 January 2018

The UniRank university rankings (formerly 4icu) receive little attention from students or administrators at the world’s elite universities. They do, however, provide some sort of comparison for those universities outside the top 500 or 1,000 and they are often used to construct local tables for countries in the Middle East and Africa.

11 January 2018

An article by Su Xinqi in the South China Morning Post(SCMP) reports that the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is no longer the university most favoured by local public opinion.The ranking is one of four produced by a website operated by the Hong Kong Institute of Technology in cooperation with the Public Opinion Programme of HKU.

09 January 2018

The US News & world Report has released the 2018 edition of its Best Online Programs Rankings. There are tables for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, and several Online Graduate Programs, including MBA, Business non-MBA, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Education and Nursing.

03 January 2018

The website THEBESTSCHOOLS has published a list of the world’s richest universities, measured by financial endowment. Unsurprisingly, first place goes to Harvard with a total endowment of $34.5 billion and an annual research budget of $1.01 billion. The table is dominated by American institutions but several places from outside the USA make it into the top 100. The most remarkable of these is King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Thuwai, Saudi Arabia, in sixth place with an endowment of $20 billion in 2015.

24 December 2017

The US business publisher,Kiplinger,has published its Best College Values rankings. These are based on the economic value of a college education and include the criteria of quality (55%) and cost (45%).

The methodology comprises these indicators: admission rates and yield, standardised test scores, four-year graduation rates, freshmen retention, students per faculty, total cost, including in-state and out-of-state, financial aid, average debt on graduation, and salary ten years after admission.

19 December 2017

The latest GreenMetric ranking from Universitas Indonesia has just been announced with Wageningen University and Research Centre taking the lead from the University of California Davis.

Higher education in the United Arab Emirates has expanded rapidly since the founding of the United Arab Emirates University in 1976. There are now over one hundred institutions of higher education with about 140,000 students. Three universities are now ranked in the world’s top 500 by QS and one by Times Higher Education. The Emirates also host branch campuses of famous schools such as New York University, Curtin University, the London Business School, and the Sorbonne.

11 December 2017

The pilot version of the Three Missions University Ranking, also known as the Moscow International University Ranking, is a project sponsored by the Russian Union of Rectors and run by the Association of Rating Makers, which includes Expert RA, VCIOM, Reputatsiya and others. Ranking initiative  has been supported by leading universities of Russia, China, India, Iran, Japan, and Turkey. The methodology has been developed following an extensive public consultations including some 25 ranking experts from 12 countries (from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America). It is supported by data provided by Clarivate Analytics from InCites and the Global Institutional Profiles Project.

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.


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News from IREG Members

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.

Polish universities in a global perspective

Research universities, initiatives of excellence, international and national rankings, accreditations, innovativeness of higher education were the topics of the second conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of a university ", held in Warsaw 27-28 November 2017. Over 160 participants rectors, vice rectors and directors of international offices took part in the conference, organized jointly by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Jarosław Gowin,Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education extended his patronage over the conference.

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