Ranking News

18 August 2019

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), better known as the Shanghai Rankings, is the oldest global university ranking. First published in 2003, it is well regarded for a consistent and transparent methodology. It has usually avoided the volatility that has sometimes undermined other global rankings. The top ten in this year’s ranking is unchanged since 2018 with Harvard in first place followed by Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, and University of California Berkeley. As in previous years Harvard is in first place for all indicators except for productivity per capita where Caltech holds the lead.

HackerRank a technology company that assesses student software developer skills on behalf of potential employers. It has just released rankings based on 14 million student assessments covering four criteria, Problem Solving, Language Proficiency, Data Structure Knowledge, and Computer Science Fundamentals. There are rankings for three regions; the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

04 August 2019

The Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has been produced by the Cybermetrics Lab, a branch of the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), since 2004. It currently ranks nearly 29,000 universities in every country in the world except North Korea.

02 August 2019

In recent years several countries have announced programmes to improve the status and quality of higher education and research. Among them is Germany which in 2006 announced the Excellence Initiative to provide funding for graduate schools, clusters of excellence, and universities of excellence.

German universities have often produced research of a high quality but have generally failed to make a significant impression in the global rankings.

27 July 2019

The Global Innovation Index is produced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, INSEAD and Cornell University in cooperation with Indian, French and Brazilian knowledge partners. It measures the ability of 129 national economies to produce innovative activity. There are eighty indicators covering Institutions, Human Capital and Research, Infrastructure, Market Sophistication, Knowledge and Technology Outputs, and Creative Outputs.The latest edition shows Switzerland holding the top position for the fifth year in a row and the USA rising three places to reach third place. Several Asian countries including China, South Korea, Vietnam and India have continued to make progress.

23 July 2019

The search engine educations.com, a branch of Educations Media Group, has released the results of a survey of 30,000 students from 192 countries. The report found that the most popular sources of information for current and prospective students are search engines, social media, and study abroad fairs. The preferred destination of international undergraduate and postgraduate students is the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany. It seems that university rankings are becoming less important as a source of information for students. Current undergraduate students indicated that reputation followed by ranking and teaching quality was most important for choosing a university. For prospective students, however, ranking is in third place behind teaching quality and cost of living.

18 July 2019

In the Times Higher Education(THE) University Reputation rankings There are few surprises. At the top there are six American and British universities with outstanding reputations: they are in descending order, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of California Berkeley. The rankings are based on a survey administered by Elsevier that was sent to researchers with publications in the Scopus database.

16 July 2019

Universities in Taiwan have excelled in teaching and research although in recent years they have fallen behind some of the major universities on the mainland. Recently, Global Views Monthly, a local business magazine in Taiwan, and the scientific and academic data company Elsevier announced a three-year plan to rank Taiwanese universities. There will be six criteria: Research achievement, Teaching performance, Internationalization, Academic-Industry Collaboration, Societal impact, Financial impact. Data will be drawn from the Scopus research database and from SciVal Analytics.

The results of 2019 Perspektywy University Ranking were announced in Warsaw, Poland in the presence of many rectors and deans as well as representatives of the government and the parliament. Prof. Andrzej Stanisławek, secretary of state at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education speaking at the gala said: Thanks to the improved methodology of university classification as well as individual fields of study, the ranking is an important source of information for candidates for studies. It also makes it possible to compare practically all institutions – since the ranking includes the vast majority of Polish universities. Waldemar Siwinski, president of the Perspektywy Education Foundation and initiator of education rankings in Poland, recalled the beginning of rankings (inaugurated in 2000) and emphasized the transparency of the Perspektywy University Ranking, as well as an exceptionally large number of  indicators (29) it uses.

In 2019 ranking University of Warsaw came first followed closely by Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The full ranking results are here


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

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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