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6 May April 2015

The Brookings Institute, the Washington based social science think tank, has produced new rankings of US colleges and universities. These are rather different from conventional rankings such as America’s Best Colleges published by the US News. The basic principle is to compare the career outcomes of graduates with those predicted by student characteristics and the type of institution. Data is derived from a variety of sources including LinkedIn, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the labour market intelligence group, Burning Glass.

30 April 2015

Times Higher Education (THE) has published its rankings of universities less than fifty years old. The rationale for these rankings is that the THE World University Rankings and other global league tables are necessarily biased to older universities that have had decades or even centuries to establish global reputations, accumulate endowments and establish research networks.

29 April 2015

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have issued the latest edition of their World University Rankings by Subject. There has been a delay since there were questions about the first attempt earlier this year which led to substantial methodological revisions. These rankings are based on varying combinations of four indicators: a survey of academic opinion, a survey of graduate employers, citations per paper, and the h-index, a measure of quantity and quality of research.

24 April 2015

In 2014 a conference hosted by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University and sponsored by the European Network of Indicator Designers explored the use and abuse of research metrics. From that conference a list of principles has emerged which is now known as the Leiden Manifesto. The journal Nature has published it as a comment by Diana Hicks of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ismael Rafois of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Paul Wowters, Ludo Waltman, and Sarah de Rijke of CWTS.

20 April 2015

The reform of higher education is a top priority of the Russian government. The 5 top 100 programme has the declared objective of getting five universities into the world’s top 100 as measured by the leading global rankings. Already a number of institutions have achieved some success in reaching high places in the QS and Times Higher Education subject rankings especially in the physical sciences.

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PERSPEKTYWY: Conference - Foreign Students in Poland 2015

Over 240 rectors, vice rectors and international officers representing 80 universities and 25 organizations supporting higher education came to the annual conference Foreign Students in Poland 2015 organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation and Rectors' Conference (CRASP) and hosted by the Marie Curie-Sklodowski University in Lublin 22-23 January 2015.


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