20 July 2017
Times Higher Education (THE) has announced the second edition of their Latin American university rankings.
This year’s winner is the State University of Campinas, Brazil, which pushes the University of São Paulo, also in Brazil, into second place. Eight countries and 81 institutions are represented in the rankings of which 32 are from Brazil, 15 from Chile and 13 from Mexico. There are two universities from Argentina in the table this year although the University of Buenos Aires, along with some other prominent Latin American institutions, is still absent.
17 June 2017
The Censis is an Italian social and economic research group founded in 1964. It produces a variety of reports on topics such as counterfeiting, transport, health care, corruption and social mobility. It recently published rankings of state and non-state Italian universities. The criteria are facilities, services, internationalisation and communication and digital services.
14 July 2017
The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), based in Madrid, has just published the fourth edition of its Ranking of Top Universities by Google Scholar citations. The basic methodology is to use the top ten individual profiles in Google Scholar Citations (excluding the one with the most citations). Universities are then ranked in descending order according to the number of citations listed in the profiles. Participation in this index is voluntary so the representativeness of the ranking might be questioned. Altogether 4,982 universities are ranked.
13 July 2017
The magazine Money, published by Time Inc, specialises in personal finance. It produces annual rankings of American colleges based on their ability to provide a return on investment. Colleges are ranked according to 27 indicators including scores for the SAT and ACT tests, costs, graduation rates, student faculty ratio, financial sustainability, debt, loan repayment and graduate employment. There are also several value-added metrics that take account of standardised test scores and the number of students from poor families.
08 July 2017
The Jordanian government has given its approval for a new law that will require a new system of university ranking in order to improve the country’s higher education system.
05 July 2017
Algeria has become increasingly concerned about the quality of its higher education system and scientific research. An article in University World News by Laeed Zaghlami notes that this is partly the result of the country’s poor performance in global university rankings. In last year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings there was only one Algerian institution, the University of Tlemcen, which failed to break through into the top 800.
29 June 2017
ShanghaiRanking has just announced the release of its 2017 global ranking of academic subjects. Altogether 52 universities were ranked, including 6 in the natural sciences, 4 in the life sciences, 22 in engineering, 6 in the medical sciences and 14 in the social sciences. Universities are included only if they reach a threshold of publications in the InCites database over the period 2011-15, ranging from 25 to 200.
24 June 2017
The publication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating in the UK has caused surprise and consternation in many universities and higher education providers.
The exercise was carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England although it did include some universities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Participation was voluntary although the results will be used to decide whether providers can raise their tuition fees. Results were benchmarked against the characteristics of the student intake.
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