Ranking News

18 April 2017

In recent years, there has been a massive expansion of higher education throughout the world, especially in upper-middle income countries.  At the same time, there has been an increasing diversity of providers including private institutions, international branch campuses and online providers. These developments have serious implications for the international evaluation and comparison of universities. An article by Elizabeth Redden in INSIDE HIGHER ED discusses a recent report by UNESCO that shows that the expansion of higher education has often been uneven.

14 April 2017

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2017,published in February, rank US universities and colleges according to the quality of education provided plus their affordability. It is a ranking for students as consumers. Indicators include admission rate, four-year graduation rate, total cost, average aid, average debt at graduation and salary.

10 April 2017

The latest edition of Round University Ranking has been published. This ranking is produced by the Moscow based RUR Agency and uses information supplied by Clarivate Analytics that includes statistical data submitted by institutions, bibliometric data from the Web of Science Core Collection, and an academic reputation survey with over 10,000 respondents.

05 April 2017

The second edition of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been published by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). A number of methodological changes have been introduced including assigning an overall score to all large or centrally funded institutions.These rankings are based on five parameters: Teaching, Learningand Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcome, Outreach and Inclusivity, and Perception.

2 April 2017

Etvos Lorand University (member of IREG Observatory) organized a regional seminar “Universities on Crossroads of National and Global Rankings” in Budapest on 31 March 2017 to discuss the meaning and usefulness of global and national rankings for higher education systems in smaller countries with limited number of universities. While positions at the top of global rankings seem out of reach for these universities, they feel a need to compare themselves against institutions and faculties not only in their own countries but also with their counterparts in other countries and especially within the region. The advantage of regional comparison, it was often stressed, not only is desirable but makes a lot of sense as higher education systems are to a large extend similar and the available data should be compatible. Representatives of several Hungarian universities as well as rectors of the leading universities in the neighboring countries Mircea Dumitru rector of University of Bucharest (member of IREG Observatory) and Ivanka Popovich, rector of  University of Beograd took part at the seminar. Waldemar Siwinski of IREG Observatory and Csilla Steger of the Hungarian Office for Education delivered the key speeches. Gyorgy Fabri of the Etvos Lorad University chaired the seminar.

2 April 2017

The U-Multirank rankings are not conventional rankings that combine several indicators into a single score. Instead, they provide data that can be used to compare universities or to construct personalized rankings. U-Multirank compares university performance in five dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. There is some sort of data for 1,479 universities although in many cases it is incomplete and coverage is limited for some countries and regions. For bachelor degrees in mathematics, for example, information is available for 295 universities of which 184 are in Europe, including 23 in Germany and 22 in Spain, 54 in Asia, 37 in North America, 9 in Latin America, 8 in Africa and 3 in Oceania.

30 March 2017

Malaysia’s leading university, Universiti Malaya (UM), has announced its intention of breaking into the top 100 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The university has been quite successful in the Shanghai rankings where it is now in the 401-500 band and in the top 200 for engineering.

24 March 2017

Nature Index has published a supplement on Japan indicating that the country’s research output has stagnated over the last few years both relatively and absolutely. Between 2005 and 2015 Japan’s world share of research articles fell from 8.4% to 5.2%. In contrast, the number of papers produced in China has increased remarkably.

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.


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.


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.


News from IREG Members

Ranking conference in Warsaw

Polish universities feel, they deserve a better place in international rankings. To discuss what can and should be done to improve the quality of research, rectors of best universities in the country gathered 1-2 December in Warsaw at the conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective – Rankings and Strategic Management of University” organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation jointly with the Conference of Rectors (CRASP) and Polish Accreditation Commission (PAC).

Conference on Universities’ Reputation

Spanish Universidad de Navarra organizes the International Conference BUILDING UNIVERSITIES' REPUTATION Understanding the Student Perspective – Key to a Reputation Strategy, Pamplona, Spain 30-31 March 2017. www.unav.edu/bur

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.

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