Ranking News

11 December 2017

The pilot version of the Three Missions University Ranking, also known as the Moscow International University Ranking, is a project sponsored by the Russian Union of Rectors and run by the Association of Rating Makers, which includes Expert RA, VCIOM, Reputatsiya and others. Ranking initiative  has been supported by leading universities of Russia, China, India, Iran, Japan, and Turkey. The methodology has been developed following an extensive public consultations including some 25 ranking experts from 12 countries (from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America). It is supported by data provided by Clarivate Analytics from InCites and the Global Institutional Profiles Project.

The second seminar of the IREG Engineering Ranking Group organized by IREG Observatory and hosted by the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) took place in Moscow, 30 November - 1 December 2017 (the Group met first in Bremen, Germany in May 2017). The aim of the Seminar was to identify relevant indicators for engineering programs that will allow systematic comparison across universities offering engineering programs at both national and international levels.

04 December 2017

The web-based US News publication has just released data that looks at excellence from another angle by comparing the financial resources of universities, measured by spending per student on teaching-related activities, with their overall scores. The results are considered a measure of operating efficiency. Only those institutions in the top half of the ‘America’s Best Colleges’ rankings are ranked

04 December 2017

The 14th edition of the Financial Times European Business School rankings, which are restricted to postgraduate programmes, has just been published. The newspaper has also published top twenty rankings for Asia/Australia and the Americas. The general European rankings are a combination of rankings of MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management (MiM), and customised and open non-degree executive courses. The first three rankings have a weighting of 25% and the latter two 12.5% each.

01 December 2017

The Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia has published the latest edition of the Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (SETARA). These measure the quality of teaching and learning at level six (undergraduate) in the Malaysian Qualifications Framework.

27 November 2017

The Nature Index is a database of research articles published in high impact scientific journals chosen by an independent panel of experts. It publishes international tables and national supplements.

The latest edition shows that Harvard is still the leading research university in the US, ranked by Weighted Fractional Counting (WFC).

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

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.

Polish universities in a global perspective

Research universities, initiatives of excellence, international and national rankings, accreditations, innovativeness of higher education were the topics of the second conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of a university ", held in Warsaw 27-28 November 2017. Over 160 participants rectors, vice rectors and directors of international offices took part in the conference, organized jointly by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Jarosław Gowin,Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education extended his patronage over the conference.

The worldwide ranking UI GreenMetric Workshop in Bologna

This Bologna workshop is aimed to highlight the commitment of Italian universities towards a sustainable 360° approach. UI GM Chairperson, Riri Fitri Sari, will showcase the ranking’s structure and indicators in details. Italian participants are warmly invited to ask questions and raise issues concerning the specificity of the Italian universities to fit into the UI GreenMetric ranking. The Alma Mater Studiorum assumes the role of National Network Hub for UI GM in the framework of this event that will also host experts from RUS (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

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