16 November 2018
TOP 500 is a list of the world’s 500 most powerful computer systems. It has been published twice a year since 1993. Systems are ranked by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark. However, any system created specifically to compete in the rankings is not considered.
The top supercomputer system is Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) followed by Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), both in the United States. There are another three US Department of Energy supercomputers in the top ten. Third place goes to the Sunway TaihuLight system, at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi. Tianhe-2A (Milky Way-2A), at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China is fourth and Piz Daint, at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano is fifth.
Tia Loukkola, Director for the Institutional Development at EUA, in a critical yet well balanced article The making of university rankings – Has anything changed? points out that while the number of rankings has been growing “rankings continue to judge universities largely, if not solely, on research criteria. Educational or societal missions continue to be ignored. Even in cases in which there are criteria for mapping teaching perform.” The author recognizes IREG Observatory call for the transparency of ranking methodologies and its efforts to make rankings more professional.
08 November 2018
International rankings have become an important element in the marketing strategies of English-speaking universities such as the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. A recent research report indicates that this is especially true of Australia. According to an article in PIE (Professionals in International Education) News the Australian consulting firm Studymove has found that there is a correlation between the fees charged by Australian universities and their position in the QS world university rankings.
02 November 2018
In the latest edition of the US News Best Global Universities there are few significant changes this year. This is a research university ranking that does not attempt to assess teaching or learning. There are 13 indicators: Global research reputation (12.5% weighting), Regional research reputation (12.5%), Publications (10%), Books (2.5%), Conferences (2.5%), Normalized citation impact (10%), Total citations (7.5%), Number of publications in 10% most cited (12.5%), Percent of publications in 10% most cited (10%), International collaboration (5%), Percent of publications with international collaboration (5%), Highly cited papers in top 1% cited in field (5%), Percent of publications in top 1% most cited papers (5%).
There are 227 US universities in the rankings, with 130 Chinese, 78 British, 67 Japanese, and 62 German.
29 October 2018
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have released the latest in their series of regional rankings. The Arab Region rankings are generally quite stable but the first place this year goes to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals of Saudi Arabia which has pushed the American University of Beirut into second place. The top five are completed with King Abdulaziz University and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates University.
25 October 2018
The Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CISC) in Spain, has been producing global rankings of universities since 2004. Their latest contribution is derived from the Google Scholar database, which is now larger than those maintained by Clarivate Analytics and Scopus, and uses the Google Scholar Citations public profiles to rank those researchers whose h-index is higher than 100.
22 October 2018
IDEAS is a database of research in Economics that includes over 2,700,000 documents most of which are fully downloadable. It also provides a collection of rankings of authors, countries and institutions. The ranking of institutions by publications over the last 10 years (as of September 2018) shows that the United States is still the dominant power in the field.
19 October 2018
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have just announced the latest edition of their BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) university rankings. The methodology is adapted from that of the QS World University Rankings with some modifications to reflect regional priorities. The weighting of the academic survey has been reduced from 40% to 30% while that of the employer survey has been increased from 10% to 20%.
15 October 2018
Maclean’s University Rankings classify Canadian universities into three groups: Medical/Doctoral Schools, which have a strong emphasis on research; Comprehensive Schools, which do some research and provide a range of undergraduate, graduate and professional courses; Primarily Undergraduate Schools, which offer relatively few graduate programmes and cater mainly for undergraduates.
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.
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