An article in University World News by John Kelly, Emeritus Professor of University College Dublin, discusses the rise of university rankings which he believes are a “major and unhelpful intrusion into both the national and the international worlds of higher education”.
19 August 2016
The Global Innovation Index is produced by Cornell University, INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in cooperation with a number of other organisations. It is an attempt to show the factors that enable countries to innovate and the extent to which they are able to do so.
There is a total of 82 indicators and the Index contains two sub-indices. Innovation includes Institutions, Human Capital and research, Infrastructure, Market Sophistication and Business Sophistication. The Innovation Output Sub-Index includes Knowledge and technology outputs and Creative outputs.
16 August 2016
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), produced by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy (SRC), has long been known for its consistent and stable methodology. As a result, movement from year to year has usually been limited. This year, however, is something of an exception.The Shanghai rankings assign a weighting of 20% to the highly cited researcher indicator which is based on lists prepared by Thomson Reuters (TR) who have stopped adding to the old list and have issued a new one. For two years SRC combined the old and new lists but this year they decided to use only the new one to construct the indicator, counting only primary affiliations. The result of this, combined with fluctuations in the other indicator scores, is an unusual degree of volatility.
12 August 2016
The latest results from the UK National Student Surveyhave shown that small and specialised institutions can often be very popular with students. At the same time, many major universities in the elite Russell Group perform badly and some London institutions such as the London School of Economics, St George’s, University of London and the University of Westminsterare at the bottom of the ranking.
08 August 2016
Times Higher Education (THE) has announced that it will be joining with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to produce a new ranking of more than 1,000 American colleges and universities. The ranking will, according to THE, be different from previous rankings in that it will emphasise student experience and outcomes.
Writing in THE, Ellie Bothwell quoted Phil Baty, Editor of the THE World University Rankings, as saying that “I think US students and their families, and US institutions themselves, are badly served by rankings that look simply at how rich a college is. So we are going to look at how enriching a college can be."
03 August 2016
The latest edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has been published by the Cybermetrics Lab a research group of theConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. The Webometrics ranking is the most comprehensive of the current global rankings covering over 26,000 institutions. There are four indicators. A weighting of 50% is given to Visibility which is based on external inlinks received by the University web domain calculated from data from Majestic and ahrefs.
29 July 2016
The Nature Index is derived from a list of research articles in 68 high impact journals. It is updated monthly and rankings are published annually. Lists are available for countries, corporate and academic institutions, rising stars and four subject groups.
The top corporate institution is IBM and the top academic institution is Harvard. The Chinese Academy of Sciences holds the lead for Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Physical Sciences while Harvard is in first place for Life Sciences.
25 July 2016
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have published the fourth edition of their BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) rankings, which were produced with the help of Interfax, the Russian news agency. The methodology is rather different from their world rankings. There is total of eight indicators. Like the world rankings, a combined weighting of 50% has been given to survey based indicators but the weighting for the academic survey in these rankings is 30% instead of 40% and that for the employer survey is 20% rather 10%. Faculty Student Ratio receives a weighting of 20%, Staff with a PhD 10%, Papers per Faculty 10%, Citations per Paper 5% and international faculty and international students 5%.
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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