Ranking News

We cordially invite you to IREG Observatory session on university rankings and internationalization at NAFSA 2015:

 Session GS-071, How National Rankings Can Serve as a Tool for Finding Partners Abroad, NAFSA, Wednesday, May 27, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM.
Speakers: Waldemar Siwinski (IREG Observatory), Laura Rumbley (BostonCollege),
Alex Usher (HE Strategy Associates)

 Visit us at NAFSA Booth 2605, May 26-29, 2015.
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25 May April 2015

The Universitas 21 Ranking of Higher Education Systems, produced by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social research, is an attempt to measure the comparative strength of national university systems. There are four groups of variables: Output, which includes articles, citations, performance in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings, enrolment in higher education and graduate outcomes; Resources, based on several measures of expenditure; Connectivity, comprising international, Web and industry linkages and results of a survey; Environment, measured by female participation, data quality and responses to a survey. Output receives a weighting of 40% and the other three 20 % each.

CWTS Leiden University launched the Leiden Ranking 2015. The ranking measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide, using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators. It is presented via an intuitive and user-friendly website interface: www.leidenranking.com. CWTS takes great care in providing accurate ranking by thoroughly cleaning address data, unifying institute names and ensuring the completeness of the scientific output.

13 May April 2015

From 2010 to 2014 Thomson Reuters cooperated with Times Higher Education (THE) to provide data for THE’s World University Rankings, including an academic reputation survey. THE and TR have now gone their separate ways and TR is continuing to collect survey data, which is now part of the Best Global Universities Rankings published by US News.

13 May April 2015

New Zealand universities and higher education administrators have become increasing concerned about the country’s poor showing in the global rankings. The best performer is the University of Auckland which last year was in the top 100 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings, the top 200 in both the Times Higher Education (THE) and the US News (USN) international rankings and the top 300 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

IREG Initiatives

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.


IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders

The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide recommendations for interpretation, use and application 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 the stakeholders.


News from IREG Members

KOZMINSKI UNIVERSITY: Top business schools’ alliance

Kozminski University, the top Polish business school has established a strategic alliance with ESCP Europe, ranked amongst top European business schools by “Financial Times”. The partnership is unique since it involves setting up permanent representative offices of both universities respectively on ESCP Europe’s Paris campus and in Warsaw.


PERSPEKTYWY: Conference - Foreign Students in Poland 2015

EXPERT RA: University Rankings



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