Ranking News

20 April 2018

Peer review is an essential part of the research process but one that has so far not been acknowledged by ranking groups. Publons is a database and website that tracks peer reviews and editorial contributions. Currently the database includes more than 340,000 researchers and more than 1.8 million reviews.

18 April 2018

The Indian Ministry of Human Resource development has announced the publication of the latest edition of its national university rankings through the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

11 April 2018

The RUR university ranking is produced by the RUR Rankings Agency founded in 2013 and based in Moscow. The rankings cover 20 indicators grouped in four clusters: Research, Teaching, Financial Sustainability and International Diversity.

09 April 2018

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has published national university rankings since 2013. These have attracted some criticism and there has also been concern about the poor performance of Pakistani universities in most international rankings. Rankings were produced in 2013, 2015 and 2016 based on data that was two or three years old.

04 April 2018

Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) is an international project to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. It is responsible for the maintenance of IDEAS, a database of papers, articles, preprints and other documents and software. IDEAS publishes several rankings of authors and institutions classified by field, country and region. The are several sub-rankings such as women and young economists.

30 March 2018

Times Higher Education (THE) has published the second edition of its Japan University Rankings. In joint first place are Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo while some less well-known institutions such as Akita International University, the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business have performed well in the Environment group of indicators.

The methodology is based on five “pillars”: Resources, Engagement, Outcomes and Environment.

25 March 2018

A new higher education rating system for India has just been announced. The QS I-GAUGE is a joint venture of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the ERA Foundation, Benguluru. It is currently in the pilot stage and is based on the QS Stars international audit system.

One of the greatest misapprehensions about rankings –wrote Alex Usher – is that rankers are “just doing it for the money”.  For the most part, this is wrong.  It’s really hard to make money at rankings. Not surprisingly, only about half of all rankings are done for commercial reasons.Bottom line: very few rankings make money on their own through advertising revenues; for the most part they act as loss leaders for other products- “The Economics of Rankings” by Alex Usher was published by the Canadian Higher Education Strategy Associates late in 2017 but its conclusions are still valid.

21 March 2018

The US News has just published its 2019 rankings of US graduate programmes in six disciplines: business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing. More rankings of doctoral programmes in fields such as biological sciences, chemistry and computer science will follow later in the year.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


News from IREG Members

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.

Polish universities in a global perspective

Research universities, initiatives of excellence, international and national rankings, accreditations, innovativeness of higher education were the topics of the second conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of a university ", held in Warsaw 27-28 November 2017. Over 160 participants rectors, vice rectors and directors of international offices took part in the conference, organized jointly by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Jarosław Gowin,Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education extended his patronage over the conference.

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