Ranking News

17 May 2018

The Kazakhstan Prime Minister’s Office has released the latest edition of the national ranking of universities by the Independent Agency for Rating and Accreditation. The ranking, which was first published in 2014, attempts to measure academic mobility, the quality of students, teachers and researchers, the training and employment of graduates, collaboration between universities and employers, and scientific publications by faculty, doctoral candidates and undergraduates.

12 May 2018

Universitas 21 is an international network of research intensive universities in Australia, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong), India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the USA. The network supports various initiatives concerned with educational innovation, the student experience and researcher engagement. Currently it sponsors data sharing and health management groups and publishes annual rankings of higher education systems.

In a new, major, qualitative report, top U.S. university MIT identifies Aalborg University’s engineering programs as a model for engineering programs worldwide. Aalborg University (AAU) engineering programs are number four in a new global report from MIT that analyzes the world's best engineering programs. AAU is surpassed on the list by only three U.S. institutions: Olin, MIT and Stanford. The analysis is based on interviews with 178 leading experts in engineering education. The experts also point out AAU as an early pioneer in problem-based learning which is currently gaining ground in programs the world over.

09 May 2018

The website PayScale collects data on salaries for American employees and employers. Among its publications is the Return on Investment (ROI) report which ranks US colleges and universities according to the financial value of an undergraduate degree. The basic methodology is to compare the cost of attending college including wages lost with the financial rewards derived from a college education. The latter is calculated by comparing 20 years of earnings of a college graduate with 24 years earnings of high school graduates.

04 May 2018

The CentER for Research in Economics and Business at Tilburg University in the Netherlands publishes a global research ranking of Economics departments. It is based on a list of 74 leading journals in Economics, Econometrics and Finance from which a subset of 35 journals has been derived to create a ranking of the top 100 institutions.

- We want to help young people in making best suiting them  selection of the field of study in technical disciplines, most needed  for the economy and providing good prospects of employment and earnings - says Waldemar Siwiński, President of the Perspektywy Education Foundation, the author of the Engineering Studies Ranking.

The ranking methodology, the criteria and their weights, were prepared by the Ranking Board, chaired by Prof. Michał Kleiber. On the Board are both experts in the field of higher education representatives of the industry.

02 May 2018

The Complete University Guide is published by Mayfield University Consultants and is aimed at students seeking admission to UK universities and other stakeholders. The league table ranks a total of 131 universities, 13 specialist colleges and conservatoires, and 70 subjects.

The spread of university rankings throws up some big questions about the quality of information, the use of – and excessive weight given to – outdated indicators related to reputation, and the need for ways to compare data on the teaching and learning processes. The authors of an article: What makes a real international university ranking? Published by the World University News, Waldemar Siwinski and Richard Holmes analyze the current state of international academic rankings and subtlety suggest directions these rankings should follow to improve and be more trustworthy.



The General Assembly of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence voted to admit three new members.

  • Gdansk University of Technology (Gdansk, Poland)  is one of  the oldest technical universities in Poland. It places great emphasis on maintaining high education quality standards – the University holds the prestigious ECTS Label.
  • University of Business and Technology (UBT) (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) - over a short period of 12 years, UBT expanded greatly by implementing effective leadership and prioritizing high value for quality education.
  • Silesian University of Technology (Gliwice, Poland) is one of the best technical universities in Poland, it occupies high positions in national rankings and is present in the international rankings of universities.

IREG Observatory congratulates and welcomes the new members.

IREG Initiatives

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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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.

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