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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). Jarosław Gowin, minister of science and higher education addressed the conference and took part in the discussions chaired by Jan Szmidt, Rector of Warsaw University of Technology and President of CRASP, Wojciech Nowak, Rector of Jagiellonian University, Marcin Pałys, Rector of University of Warsaw and Waldemar Siwinski, President of Perspektywy.

The international perspective on the position of Polish universities in rankings presented representatives of the major global rankings: Ben Sowter of QS, Billy Wong ofTimes Higher Education, Isidro Aguillo of Webometrics and Perit Cakir of University Ranking of Academic Performance (URAP). Sabine Behrenbeck of the German Council of Science and Humanities and Victor Koksharov, Rector of Ural Federal University and Isak Froumin of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow shared with the Polish academic audience the neighboring countries experience in the implementation of the Excellence Initiatives.

05 December 2016

The Financial Times has just released the latest edition of its European Business School rankings. This was preceded by Global MBA, Online MBA, Executive Education, Masters in Finance, and EMBA rankings published between January and October of this year. The rankings are based on an alumni survey and data submitted by the schools. There is an interactive facility which allows users to rank schools according to rank in 2014 and 2015, salary, international faculty, faculty with doctorate, female faculty, and performance in the other FT rankings.

01 December 2016

Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) has been produced by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) since 1995.The results are closely followed by academics and the public since they have serious implications for the future development of international universities and higher education systems.

24 November 2016

Times Higher Education (THE) has published a global employability ranking of universities based on a survey designed by the French consulting firm Emergence and conducted by the German research institute Trendence.

23 November 2016

The QS World Grad School Tour has collected over a period of two years a total of nearly 16,000 survey responses from prospective international postgraduate students from the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria in addition to China and India. The survey found that the USA was the preferred study destination for Latin American, African, Chinese, Philippine and Indian students while those from Pakistan and Bangladesh showed a preference for Germany followed by Australia. The only country where applicants put the UK at the top of their preferred list was Indonesia.

17 November 2016

The 48th TOP500 international ranking of supercomputing capacity has been published. The list of 500 systems, from which a variety of sublists can be generated, was started in June 1993 and is published twice a year. The current authors are Erich Strohmaier of NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Horst Simon of NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim.

12 November 2016

Irish universities have performed badly in some recent global university rankings although Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin continue to make significant progress in others such as the Russian Round University Rankings (RUR) and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). An article in the Irish Times by Philip O’Kane, a former professor at University College Cork, reports that Irish university heads are complaining that their fall in the Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings is due to a lack of funding.

08 November 2016

IDEAS (Internet Documents in Economics Access Service) is a bibliographic economics database prepared under the supervision of Christine Zimmerman of the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis. It is based onthe RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) archive and contains over 2,000,000 items most of which are full text and downloadable.

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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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News from IREG Members

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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