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Internationalization is one of the principal features of the present day higher education. It has a positive influence on learning environment, research outcomes and overall mission of higher education institutions. Internationalization has also found its reflection in a prevailing number of national, regional and global university rankings.

The IREG-8 Conference:University Rankings and International Academic Relations- a Bridging Tool or a Hindrance?, organized by IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and hosted by the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 4-6 May 2016. IREG-8 Conference will provide an exceptional opportunity to learn about the new initiatives in rankings and internationalization, and to discuss and share opinions with the world renown experts on academic rankings from Europe, the Americas and Asia.

11 October 2015.

Recent global rankings have shown that the leading Mainland Chinese universities are catching up with or have overtaken the top Hong Kong institutions. The Shanghai rankings now put Peking and Tsinghua Universities in the 101-150 category ahead of the University of Hong Kong (UHK) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, both in the 151-200 band. Meanwhile the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings show Tsinghua in 25th place, slightly ahead of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 28th. According to the US News Best Global Universities, Peking is in 41st place, Tsinghua 59th and UHK 64th.

06 October 2015.

The US News have just produced the second edition of their Best Global Universities. These are very different from their famous rankings of US colleges and do not include any measures of teaching quality, selectivity or graduate outcomes.

30 September 2015.

Last year Times Higher Education (THE) ended its partnership with the media and data giant Thomson Reuters (TR) and began to process and analyse information from the Scopus database and to conduct its own academic reputation survey. In addition, THE have modified the citations indication by excluding several hundred papers with over a thousand authors, most of them in physics, and halved the impact of the regional modification that awarded a bonus to universities in low performing countries.

24 September 2015.

The latest edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings has aroused great interest and debate in India. The new QS methodology introduced normalisation of citations by subject area and this reduced the scores for those universities that are strong in medical research and benefitted those with strengths in the social sciences and engineering. In addition, QS excluded papers with a large number of authors, mainly in physics, from their calculations.

The result was that some Indian institutions did relatively well in the rankings. The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore reached 147th place, helped by an excellent performance for citations per faculty, while the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi reached the top 200 and IIT Bombay was just outside in 202nd place. MeanwhilePanjabUniversity, a star performer in the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings, was unable to reach even the top 700.

20 September 2015.

The 2015-16 edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings saw some methodological refinements that led to a lot of reshuffling. In Italy the polytechnics in Milan and Turin improved their position dramatically while some venerable universities fell dozens of places in the overall rankings. Several universities In Asia such as the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the Indian Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Universiti Malaya, Malaysia, all did very well. The performance of Indonesian universities, however, was in marked contrast. Universitas Indonesia was the highest in 358th place down from 310th last year and 273rd in 2012.

15 September 2015

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released the twelfth edition of its World University Rankings. This year there were significant methodological changes that have apparently been under consideration for several months. The first change was to move towards a moderate form of field normalisation of citation data. QS has long been aware that the Scopus database that provides publication and citation data is seriously biased towards the natural sciences and medicine while engineering, the social sciences and the arts and humanities are comparatively underrepresented.

13 September 2015

The Obama administration has definitively abandoned its plan for a ranking or rating of American colleges and universities and for identifying institutions that fail to provide value for money or to equip graduates with the skills needed for the job market. Instead, the US government has launched a searchable website that provides students, parents, administrators, advisors and others with information about institutional characteristics, finances, future salaries and student debt.

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.


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.


IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders

The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide recommendations for interpretation, use and application 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 the stakeholders.


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

Aalborg University Recognized by International Students

Aalborg University has won the StudyPortals Award for Excellent International Student Satisfaction 2015. International students rated their study experience at AalborgUniversity with 9+. This result is based on the analysis of thousands of student reviews on STeXX.com – the world’s largest database of international student experiences.


Management studies at Kozminski University best in Central Europe

A ranking published on 14 September 2015 by the Financial Times that ranks management studies on a master’s level placed Kozminski University the highest among 42 business schools from Central Europe. The frontrunners of the ranking are the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), the winner of the last three editions, the French HEC Paris and Essec Business School (second and third place).


Seminar for stakeholders of Perspektywy University Ranking

Close to a hundred representatives of the Polish universities attended a ranking seminar traditionally organized as a quality assurance measure by the Perspektywy Education Foundation. The seminar held at the Warsaw University of Technology on 22 July 2015 was designed to give the stakeholders a chance to listen to the authors of the Perspektywy University Ranking 2015, ask questions and discuss in detail methodology of this academic ranking.


Which Universities are the Best in China?

Best Chinese Universities Rankings (BCUR) was jointly announced by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy and Tencent in February 2015. BCUR employs nine carefully selected indicators to evaluate some one thousand Chinese universities, it provides not only an overall ranking but also three specific rankings, including Teaching and Learning Ranking, Research Ranking as well as Social Service Ranking. BCUR is completely transparent by publishing not only the detailed methodology but also raw data of all indicators.


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