Ranking News

9 August 2018

The Taiwanese higher education system has been flourishing for the last few years. In the 2017 Shanghai rankings there were seven Taiwanese universities in the top 500 and 12 in the top 500 of the 2018 Round University Rankings where the National Taiwan university reached 112th place.

28 July 2018

The new edition of the Ranking Web of Universities or Webometrics has been just published. The Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain has published Webometrics ranking since 2004.

This ranking is updated twice a year and includes more universities than any other global ranking. In this year’s ranking over 28,000 universities are listed.

The Executive Committee, elected for the term 2018-2022, met in Lisbon on 27 July. Chaired by President Luiz Claudio Costa. The executive body of IREG Observatory outlined activities the organizations will undertake in the coming years.

In the face of growing importance of university rankings, the position of IREG Observatory, the only independent international expert organization in the ranking field, becomes ever more important in maintaining a balance in the ranking ecosystem. Expectations vis-à-vis IREG Observatory are high; to meet them, IREG Observatory will need to play several roles: Be an international platform for contacts and debate for players on the ranking market; be a source of in-depth expert knowledge; a respected repository of information on rankings, and act in the interest of its member organizations.

The priorities of IREG Observatory in 2018 and 2019 will include:

  • IREG 2019 Annual Conference in Bologna (May 8-10, 2019) organized with the University of Bologna,
  • IREG-FEFU Asia-Pacific University Ranking Forum in Vladivostok (September 5-7, 2019) organized with the Far East Federal University;
  • Series of reports on the key ranking issues;
  • Multiyear IREG Data Initiative to analyze and catalogue databases and semantic definition in the area of higher education;
  • update of the IREG Inventory of National Rankings
  • New measures aimed to increase the global visibility of IREG Observatory

The Committee also approved a new approach to the IREG Ranking Audit. The new formula will be run under the name of “IREG Seal of Approval”.

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28 July 2018

The Indian government has revealed the names of six Institutions of Eminence that will be groomed to achieve world class university status. Originally it was intended to select 20 institutions that would receive “virtually full autonomy”. It is, however, possible that more will be chosen later. The objective is to get into the top 100 of the global rankings.

25 July 2018

The Ministry of Higher Education of Uzbekistan has announced the publication of a ranking of state funded higher education institutions prepared by the State Inspectorate for Quality Supervision of Education and the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education. Branch campuses of international universities were not included.

In his latest article for University World News Mr. Richard Holmes tried to answer the question how should rankings assess teaching and learning.  The author analysed different rankings and their  impact on the learning process. According to Richard Holmes, the ranking that currently does the most to assess teaching and learning is U-Multirank. The article also addressed the issue of pillars and weightings for teaching-oriented rankings. Mr. Richard Holmes comes to the conclusion that the ranking of universities for teaching and learning is still very much unmapped territory.

 

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21 July 2018āā

Times Higher Education (THE) have just published the latest edition of their Latin American University Rankings.

The methodology is based on the indicators used in THE’s world rankings with adjustments to the weightings to reflect regional priorities. The weighting for citations has been reduced from 30% to 20%, and that for doctorates per academic staff from 6% to 5%. The weightings for staff to student ratio, doctorate to bachelor’s ratio, institutional income, and research productivity have been increased.

18 July 2018

The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has just published its 2018 subject rankings. These cover 22 subjects in engineering, 14 in the social sciences, eight in the natural sciences, six in the medical sciences and four in the life sciences. There are none in the arts and humanities.

14 July 2018

The Global Innovation Index 2018 report is produced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Cornell University, and INSEAD, in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry, PwC Strategy&, the National Confederation of Industry Brazil, and the Brazilian Micro and Small Industry Support Service.

IREG Initiatives

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.

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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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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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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

7th Russian University Ranking by RAEX

The RAEX Rating Agency presented its the 7th annual ranking of the Russian results on the Global Competitiveness Forum in Moscow. The RAEX ranking is based on 45 indicators and survey results among 30,000 respondents: academics, students, alumni, and employers.

The top three universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), continue to maintain their positions for the fourth year in a row’, notes Alexey Khodyrev, Executive Director of University Rankings at the RAEX Rating Agency.

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.


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