Ranking News

27 February 2017

Duncan Ross, Director of Data and Analytics at Times Higher Education  (THE), at a meeting of university leaders in Davos last month, presented evidence on the relationship between income and excellence in higher education. He noted that there was a strong relationship between GDP per capita and the quality of a country’s higher education system as measured by the mean overall score of those universities included in the THE World Universities Rankings. The best performing country for overall quality is Singapore while the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland also perform well.

17 February 2017

Governments and universities around the world are increasingly concerned with increasing the number of international students who can improve income and boost performance in global university rankings. The number of international students is currently an indicator in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE), and Round University Rankings.

15 February 2017

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have published the latest edition of their Best Student Cities Ranking. This year the top spot is held by Montreal which has pushed Paris into second place. The requirements for inclusion in the rankings are that a city should have a population of at least 250,000 and two universities included in the QS World University Rankings. Indicators include the number of ranked universities in the city, the ranking performance of those universities, student mix, desirability, employer activity, and affordability.

10 February 2017

Times Higher Education (THE) has published a ranking of the most international global universities.There are three indicators from the World University Rankings,international students, international faculty and international research collaboration (together constituting an“international pillar”) plus international reputation, that is the ratio of international to local nominations in THE’s academic reputation survey.

Many of the most international universities are located in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The top four places, however, are held by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF) de Lausanne, also in Switzerland, the University of Hong Kong (UHK) and the National university of Singapore(NUS).

05 February 2017

Last year the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development initiated a new and ambitious ranking of Indian universities, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). According to an article in the Hindustan Times by Gauri Kohli, a number of changes are planned for this year’s ranking exercise. There will be a greater emphasis on quality of research in the 2017 rankings and some parameters that are difficult to verify will be eliminated. In addition, the database for the peer review will be improved.

03 February 2017

The latest edition of the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has been released. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group affiliated to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. There are four indicators, presence, openness, impact and excellence. The current ranking is dominated by English-speaking universities. The top twenty contains sixteen US universities, three in the UK, Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, and one in Canada, the University of Toronto. Harvard is first in all criteria except for impact which is headed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

01 February 2017

The latest Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2017 have been released. Overall the USA continues to do well with nine schools in the top 20 and Stanford, Pennsylvania and Harvard second, third and fourth respectively. The first place, however, was held by INSEAD (France/Singapore).

27 January 2015

An article in University World News by Eugene Vorotnikov reports that the 5 Top 100 project is in danger as a result of funding cuts by the Russian government. The project aims to improve the quality and international presence of Russian universities and to place five of them in the top 100 of the main global rankings.

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News from IREG Members

Ranking conference in Warsaw

Polish universities feel, they deserve a better place in international rankings. To discuss what can and should be done to improve the quality of research, rectors of best universities in the country gathered 1-2 December in Warsaw at the conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective – Rankings and Strategic Management of University” organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation jointly with the Conference of Rectors (CRASP) and Polish Accreditation Commission (PAC).

Conference on Universities’ Reputation

Spanish Universidad de Navarra organizes the International Conference BUILDING UNIVERSITIES' REPUTATION Understanding the Student Perspective – Key to a Reputation Strategy, Pamplona, Spain 30-31 March 2017. www.unav.edu/bur

Report on Activities of IREG Observatory 2015-1016

Dr. Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence at the General Assembly held in Lisbon on 6 May 2016 presented a detailed report on activities of the organization, the President and members of the Executive Committee in the period: May 2015 – May 2016.

You may ready the report HERE.

University of Indonesia Sustainability Ranking

(Indonesia, 27th of April 2016) More than 26 universities from 16 countries top officials gathered in Jakarta Indonesia, on April 21st 2016 to present their achievements in providing World Class University Infrastructure and in fostering sustainable culture. Universitas Indonesia (UI), as the initiator of the first university ranking in the world hosted this second International Workshop on UI GreenMetric entitled ‎“Fostering Sustainable Culture in Global Universities” (http://iwgm.ui.ac.id). University of Indonesia is an IREG Member since 2012.

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