27 February 2017
Duncan Ross, Director of Data and Analytics at Times Higher Education (THE), at a meeting of university leaders in Davos last month, presented evidence on the relationship between income and excellence in higher education. He noted that there was a strong relationship between GDP per capita and the quality of a country’s higher education system as measured by the mean overall score of those universities included in the THE World Universities Rankings. The best performing country for overall quality is Singapore while the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland also perform well.
17 February 2017
Governments and universities around the world are increasingly concerned with increasing the number of international students who can improve income and boost performance in global university rankings. The number of international students is currently an indicator in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE), and Round University Rankings.
15 February 2017
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have published the latest edition of their Best Student Cities Ranking. This year the top spot is held by Montreal which has pushed Paris into second place. The requirements for inclusion in the rankings are that a city should have a population of at least 250,000 and two universities included in the QS World University Rankings. Indicators include the number of ranked universities in the city, the ranking performance of those universities, student mix, desirability, employer activity, and affordability.
10 February 2017
Times Higher Education (THE) has published a ranking of the most international global universities.There are three indicators from the World University Rankings,international students, international faculty and international research collaboration (together constituting an“international pillar”) plus international reputation, that is the ratio of international to local nominations in THE’s academic reputation survey.
Many of the most international universities are located in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The top four places, however, are held by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF) de Lausanne, also in Switzerland, the University of Hong Kong (UHK) and the National university of Singapore(NUS).
05 February 2017
Last year the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development initiated a new and ambitious ranking of Indian universities, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). According to an article in the Hindustan Times by Gauri Kohli, a number of changes are planned for this year’s ranking exercise. There will be a greater emphasis on quality of research in the 2017 rankings and some parameters that are difficult to verify will be eliminated. In addition, the database for the peer review will be improved.
03 February 2017
The latest edition of the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has been released. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group affiliated to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. There are four indicators, presence, openness, impact and excellence. The current ranking is dominated by English-speaking universities. The top twenty contains sixteen US universities, three in the UK, Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, and one in Canada, the University of Toronto. Harvard is first in all criteria except for impact which is headed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
01 February 2017
The latest Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2017 have been released. Overall the USA continues to do well with nine schools in the top 20 and Stanford, Pennsylvania and Harvard second, third and fourth respectively. The first place, however, was held by INSEAD (France/Singapore).
27 January 2015
An article in University World News by Eugene Vorotnikov reports that the 5 Top 100 project is in danger as a result of funding cuts by the Russian government. The project aims to improve the quality and international presence of Russian universities and to place five of them in the top 100 of the main global rankings.
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