20 July 2016
The Cybermetrics Lab is a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. It has produced the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities since 2004 and has announced the July edition of its ranking of universities by Google Scholar Citations. This is an experimental ranking based on five thousand institutional profiles and one million individual profiles. It is calculated by counting the number of citations to the nine most highly cited researchers at each university after the first ranked researcher is excluded.
16 July 2016
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) have published a report listing 100 universities (including university systems) that were granted US utility patents in 2015. The information in the report, the fourth since 2014, was provided by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
14 July 2016
The International Conference on Excellence Initiatives organized at the initiative and by invitation of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 took place June 30 - July 1, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The ITMO University played the role of the conference’s host, and Perspektywy was responsible for organization and functioning of the International Speakers’ Secretariat.
13 July 2016
Absolute leader of the 2016 “Top-200 Ukraine” ranking is the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, which moved forward due to the criterion: “Innovative activity of universities”. During the last year, over 40 startups have been created in its innovative ecosystem “Sikorsky Challenge”; and 29 of them have received investments from private venture funds and high-tech companies in the total of 573 million UAH.
12 July 2016
The Center for World University Rankings, based in Jeddah, SaudiArabia, has published global university rankings since 2012. The first two editions ranked 100 universities but since then it has included 1,000 institutions. The methodology is distinctive and attempts to measure attributes such as graduate employment and quality of education that are not captured by other global rankings.
08 July 2016
Times Higher Education (THE) have published the latest in their series of regional rankings. The inaugural Latin American rankings were announced at a summit at Antonio Narino University in Bogota, Colombia. The ranking is presented as a pilot project that may be the precursor of a bespoke ranking specifically designed to meet the needs and special characteristics of the Latin American region. The teaching and research reputation indicators were based on survey data that will be included in the forthcoming world rankings.
03 July 2016
Scimago Lab, in partnership with Elsevier, has recently overhauled its methodology and produced a new international league table of research institutions. A 50% weighting is given to research indicators, including Output, International Collaboration, Normalized Impact, High Quality Publications, Excellence with Leadership and Scientific Talent Pool. Thirty per cent goes to Innovation, which comprises Innovative Knowledge and Technological Impact. Societal Impact (20%) is assessed by two indicators, Web Size and Domain Inbound Links.
29 June 2016
The TOP500 project began in 1993 and ranks computer systems according to their ability to solve a set of linear equations. Rankings are published twice a year. China continues to hold first place but with a completely new system, one that is entirely designed and built in China, the Sunway TaihuLight. This system was developed by the National Research Center of Computer Engineering and installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi. The former leader, Tianhe-2, has now dropped to second place.
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