Ranking News

17 May 2016

The latest rankings by the Centre for Higher Education have been published in Germany in the ZEIT Study Guide 2016/17. The CHE has a distinctive approach to rankings. It does not attempt to produce an overall assessment of institutions or find the “best university”. Rankings are produced for specific subjects based on data from over 300 institutions and over 2,700 faculties and a survey of professors and students. Subjects are updated every three years. This year the updated subjects comprise Architecture, Mechanical Engineering. Biology, German Language and Literature, Romance Studies and twelve others.

Universities are not given a numerical score but are instead assigned to the top, middle or bottom group for a variety of indicators. Students and other stakeholders can construct their own tables choosing the criteria that they consider appropriate.

14 May 2016

The recent IREG-8 conference in Lisbon, the theme of which was ‘University Rankings and International Academic Relations – a Bridging Tool or a Hindrance?’, featured a variety of presentations from global higher education experts.

One session was devoted to rankings and internationalization in Latin America and featured speakers from Spain, Panama and Ecuador.

09 May 2016

The eighth conference of the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence in Lisbon had as its theme “University Rankings and International Academic Relations: A Bridging Tool or a Hindrance?”. The subtitle could well have been “A Necessary Evil”.

The growing significance of rankings was outlined by the speakers at the earlier sessions. Simon Marginson of the Institute of Education at University College London referred to them as a necessary evil. He also spoke of two different circles of ranking: a virtuous circle in which ranking outcome led to strategy and effort which led to improved performance which in turn led to ranking outcomes and an unvirtuous circle in which ranking outcomes improved reputation which improved ranking outcomes but with no noticeable change in performance or quality.

05 May 2016

The latest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) Reputation Rankings has been published. It is based on 10,323 survey responses from 133 countries. The survey was conducted by Elsevier between January and March of this year and was by invitation only, including researchers whose publications were in the Scopus database. Altogether there were responses from 133 countries and eight subject groups. The largest number of responses came from the physical sciences with sixteen per cent of total responses and the smallest from computer sciences with five per cent.

27 April 2016

The Nature Index database is updated monthly and covers high quality research publications in 68 journals chosen by two panels of scientists from the physical and life sciences. These journals represent less than 1% of natural science journals in the Web of Science but account for nearly a third of citations.

According to WFC the world’s leading institution is the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the top university is Harvard.

More than 26 universities from 16 countries top officials gathered in Jakarta Indonesia, on April 21st 2016 to present their achievements in providing World Class University Infrastructure and in fostering sustainable culture. Universitas Indonesia (UI), as the initiator of the first university ranking in the world hosted this second International Workshop on UI GreenMetric entitled ‎“Fostering Sustainable Culture in Global Universities” (http://iwgm.ui.ac.id). University of Indonesia is an IREG Member since 2012.

22 April 2016

Times Higher Education (THE) will open soon its second African summit at the University of Ghana in Legon. The theme is Globalisation and Policy Directions and the topics include “public and private universities, funding and fees, leadership and governance, internationalism and collaboration and intra-continental staff movement.” In advance of the summit THE has issued a list of the top 15 African universities. A larger table of 30 universities will be presented during the summit. The data is extracted from the THE world rankings published last year and uses the same methodology. It is more comprehensive than those prepared for the first summit in South Africa last year, which was based on a single indicator that measured normalized citations.

The latest edition of the Round University Rankings has been published by the Moscow on 12 April by RUR Rankings Agency. A total of 750 universities have been assessed in four dimensions, teaching, research, international diversity and financial sustainability, using 20 indicators. The data is supplied by Thomson Reuters who were the data providers for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings until last year.

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

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.

University of Indonesia Sustainability Ranking

(Indonesia, 27th of April 2016) More than 26 universities from 16 countries top officials gathered in Jakarta Indonesia, on April 21st 2016 to present their achievements in providing World Class University Infrastructure and in fostering sustainable culture. Universitas Indonesia (UI), as the initiator of the first university ranking in the world hosted this second International Workshop on UI GreenMetric entitled ‎“Fostering Sustainable Culture in Global Universities” (http://iwgm.ui.ac.id). University of Indonesia is an IREG Member since 2012.

International recognition for Russian University Ranking

(Moscow, 16th of March 2016) Rating agency RAEX (Expert RA) became the first organization in Russia and the forth in the world whose university rankings successfully passed international audit by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. The agency received the right to use the sign “IREG approved” confirming that the methodology of the RAEX (Expert RA) University Ranking as well as the procedures of preparing the ranking and presenting its results satisfy the top quality standards. Other rankings that successfully passed the IREG audit: Perspektywy (Poland), QS (Great Britain) and CHE (Germany).

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