26 June 2015
The United States federal government has abandoned its plan to introduce a comprehensive national rating for colleges and universities. Instead, it will create a website where those interested can access data to create their own rankings and make their own comparisons.
23 June 2015
The Arab world has become increasingly concerned with the quality of higher education and research, a trend highlighted by the publication of regional university rankings by Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds and US News. Public interest in Tunisia in particular was aroused by the very modest achievement of national universities only five of which reached the top 100 of the recent QS Arab Region rankings while none managed to do any better than than 39th place.
The General Assembly of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence meeting Aalborg, Denmark on 12 June 2015 unanimously admitted the two new members.
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14 June 2015
Two universities: Kyiv Polytechnic Institute and Kyiv Shevchenko University in the lead of 2015 Ukrainian national university ranking “Top 200 Ukraine”. According to Olesya Lynovytska, Head of TOP 200 Ukraine and Member of the Executive Committee of IREG Observatory, the two leading Ukrainian universities like in the previous year showed almost identical integral indicators and performed by a large margin above the rest of TOP-10. On that basis the ranking experts decided that “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” and Kyiv Shevchenko University will continue to share the top place.
14 June 2015
The QS published Latin American ranking, third in the series of regional university rankings. Once again, QS have adjusted their methodology to take account of regional priorities. The weighting of the academic survey is 30 % compared to 40% in the world rankings while the employer survey has been assigned 20%, reflecting the region’s concern with the employability of graduates. There are five more indicators: citations per paper, papers per faculty, staff with PhD, faculty student ratio and web impact, based on date provided by Webometrics. There is no indicator that measures internationalisation.
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