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Closing remarks by IREG President Luiz Claudio Costa at IREG 2019 Conference in Bologna

Dear Friends,

The IREG 2019 Conference, Rankings: a challenge to Higher Education? will soon conclude. It was a great honor to spend the past three days with friends from different countries, universities and organizations. With your participation the Conference successfully finished all its sessions. On behalf of IREG, I would like to extend our highest respect and most sincere gratitude to the joint efforts of all participants, panelists, rectors, rankers. Please receive our congratulations to the success of this high–level Conference.

15 May 2019

The Leiden Ranking, published by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, has included data about scientific publications for several years. This year’s ranking contains lists relating to scientific impact, collaboration, gender and open access publication. The last two are new additions. The scientific impact lists show that Asian, especially Chinese, universities are producing an increasing percentage of the world’s scientific output. Although Harvard still holds first place for total publications there are now nine Chinese, one Korean and one Japanese university in the top twenty.

13 May 2019

At the closing session of the IREG 2019 Conference in Bologna on 10 May 2019, Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory presented medals of Honorary IREG Observatory Member to the two outstanding members of the ranking community:

  • Robert J. Morse, Chief Data Strategist at US News & World Report and pioneer in the field of professional university ranking
  • Jan Sadlak, former President of IREG Observatory (2009 – 2018) and international expert on higher education

12 May 2019

A major trend over the last few years has been the growing awareness of rankings in countries and regions that previously had shown little interest. This was addressed during the second day of IREG 2019 Conference in Bologna. A session on the role of rankings in Latin America was led by Luiz Claudio Costa, President of the IREG Observatory and former Minister of Education of Brazil. The speakers were Jacques Marcovitch, former Rector of the University of Sāo Paolo, Sabine Righetti, Coordinator of the Brazilian National Ranking, and Fernando Leon Garcia, of the Cetys University System of Mexico.

09 May 2019

The IREG conference, with the theme ‘Rankings: A Challenge to Higher Education’ has opened at the University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna). The conference began with an opening session that included Luiz C. Costa, President of the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and Academic Vice Rector of IESB university, Brazil, Francesco Ubertini, Rector of the University of Bologna, and Gaetano Manfredi, Rector of the University of Naples.

Jaroslaw Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education of Poland delivered a keynote speech: Rankings: a Challenge to Public Poicy? Reflection from Poland’s Perspective. In his speech Gowin remarked that current situation “creates the demand for verified and reliable information that reduces the complexity of a problem to its most relevant aspects” adding that “social expectations for rankings are clear –  rankings should provide trustworthy information allowing to dismiss alternatives that do not meet our criteria and narrow down the range of choice to the most appropriate options”.

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The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.

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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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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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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

Building university visibility - Ranking conference in Poland

„Perspektywy” Education Foundation in close cooperation with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Polish Accreditation Commission organized a conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective - Rankings and Strategic Management of a University”. The third conference under the same title was held in Warsaw on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Moscow Third University Mission Conference

"The Third University Mission" international conference, dedicated to the cooperation between universities and society  attended by over 260 delegates from 23 countries was held in Moscow November 30 and December 1. The conference was timed to the release of the new issue of Moscow International University Ranking "The Three University Missions". The conference was chaired by Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of the Lomonosov University and Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. "The Moscow Ranking opens a new generation of academic rankings", said Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory, honorary guest of the Conference.  "Almost all of the existing rankings are based mainly on indicators of research and institutional reputation. It is time for a new generation of rankings that try to look more closely to the link between university and society."


The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

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