Ranking News

01 September 2015

The recent African Universities Summit organised by Times Higher Education at the University of Johannesburg showed that many African universities were interested in expanding their international profiles and engaging with the global rankings. So far very few universities from the continent have made an impact on the major international rankings. A few South African universities and Cairo University have been included in the top 500 of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. A couple of experimental single indicator rankings in Times Higher Education and University Ranking Watch show that research and innovation are largely confined to South Africa and, to a lesser extent, Egypt, with small isolated pockets of excellence in places such as Makerere University, Uganda, Nairobi University, Kenya, and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

27 August 2015

There has recently been a lot of discussion about the role of universities in promoting innovation. Robert Tijssen of Leiden University has argued that “university-industry connectivity is now the third mission of a university, next to teaching and training and research” However, the leading ranking organisations have been slow to incorporate innovation or links with industry into their methodology. Times Higher Education, which has included research income from industry as one of the indicators in its world rankings, has now published, in cooperation with Elsevier, a collection of data that indicates that the culture of innovation is spreading beyond the traditional elite of the Ivy League and the Russell Group. The data is provided for research institutes as well as universities and is discussed by Ellie Bothwell.

25 August 2015

The proliferation of global rankings continues. The latest is a ranking of undergraduate and graduate fashion schools from the website The Business of Fashion. The first edition of the ranking has three indicators. Global influence is based on a survey of employers and insiders, selectivity in admitting students and finalists at international fashion competitions. Learning experience comprises feedback from students, quality of teaching and resources. Long-term value includes data about graduation rates, careers and employment opportunities.

19 August 2015

South-East Asian countries have become increasingly concerned with global university rankings over the last few years. Two Singaporean universities, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University have consistently performed well in the major rankings while Universiti Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) have entered the top five hundred of the Shanghai rankings, although they have been criticised for avoiding the THE World University Rankings. Other South-East Asian countries have done less well, especially in research-based indicators

15 August 2015

The Academic Ranking of World Universities, usually known as the Shanghai rankings, is generally considered the most reliable of the better known global league tables. It has a stable methodology and there is a modest amount of change from year to year. The top ten this year is almost the same as 2014. The only difference is that Oxford, joint ninth with Chicago last year, has fallen to tenth place. The top five are Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Berkeley and Cambridge but Chinese universities continue to make gains although the number in the top 500 remains unchanged at 44. The University of Warwick has been propelled into the top 100 by the award of a Fields medal.

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Seminar for stakeholders of Perspektywy University Ranking

Close to a hundred representatives of the Polish universities attended a ranking seminar traditionally organized as a quality assurance measure by the Perspektywy Education Foundation. The seminar held at the Warsaw University of Technology on 22 July 2015 was designed to give the stakeholders a chance to listen to the authors of the Perspektywy University Ranking 2015, ask questions and discuss in detail methodology of this academic ranking.


Which Universities are the Best in China?

Best Chinese Universities Rankings (BCUR) was jointly announced by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy and Tencent in February 2015. BCUR employs nine carefully selected indicators to evaluate some one thousand Chinese universities, it provides not only an overall ranking but also three specific rankings, including Teaching and Learning Ranking, Research Ranking as well as Social Service Ranking. BCUR is completely transparent by publishing not only the detailed methodology but also raw data of all indicators.


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