Ranking News

24 June 2017

The publication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating in the UK has caused surprise and consternation in many universities and higher education providers.

The exercise was carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England although it did include some universities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Participation was voluntary although the results will be used to decide whether providers can raise their tuition fees. Results were benchmarked against the characteristics of the student intake.

The General Assembly of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence voted unanimously to admit five new members.

  • Warsaw University of Technology (Warsaw, Poland) founded in 1826 is not only the oldest, but also the best technical university in Poland – on the first place among technical universities for nine years in the ranking of Polish universities
  • Atilim University (Ankara, Turkey) founded in 1997 ranks among the Top 4 Turkish Universities According to THE 200Under50 Rankings for 2017.
  • Erciyes University (Kayseri, Turkey) established in 1978 has been able to integrate education, research and health services all on one campus.
  • Kuwait University (Kuwait) is a national pioneering university with outstanding qualifications in higher education and scientific research, established in 1966.
  • Atyrau State University (Atyrau, Kazachstan) founded in 1950 is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the town of Atyrau.

IREG Observatory congratulates and welcomes the new members.

19 June 2017

The Global Innovation Index is published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD (European institute of Business Administration) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The index is based on 81 separate indicators relevant to innovation including political environment, education and infrastructure. This year the index was dominated by European countries who took eight out of the top ten places. However, some Asian countries suchas Singapore in seventh place, South Korea in eleventh, Japan in 16th and China in 25th also did well.

16 June 2016

The results of 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) reputation survey have just been released. The surveyis based solely on responses from researchers included in the Scopus database who were asked about research and postgraduate teaching. It was distributed between January and March of this year and altogether there were 10,566 responses. The results will be included in the 2017-18 THE World University Rankings later this year after standardisation.

University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University in Krakow are the winners  in the Perspektywy University Ranking 2017. They took ex-equo the first place in the ranking. Warsaw University of Technology is the third. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Wrocław University of Technology were ex-equo fourth. Amog the private schools Kozminski University defended the title of the best private university in Poland, SWPS University of Social Sciences was second and Lazarski University was third.

13 June 2017

The Nature Index is based on a list of 68 of high impact international research journals that is updated monthly. It is therefore a relevant and timely assessment of performance at the highest levels of research.

This year's annual university ranking "Top 200 Ukraine" was established eleventh time in a row. It has become a recognized system of independent evaluation of universities for the academic community, employers and Ukrainian society. During the last decade "Top 200 Ukraine" stimulated healthy competition among national universities in accordance with the main criteria of evaluation of their performance.

As reported earlier (on 4 November 2016), at the initiative of the Russian Union of Rectors, the Russian Association of Rating Makers (ARM) under the leadership of Dmitry Grishankov, have been working on a new international university ranking called Moscow International "The Three University Missions" Ranking

IREG Initiatives

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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