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At the end of every year, the complete picture of annual university rankings is unveiled. As for every university administrator (whether my colleagues admit it or not), it gives me a sense of insight on higher education performances but also some headaches related to what I believe are flaws in some indicators. The biggest of headaches is that of citations...

08 October 2019

The latest edition of Maclean’s rankings of Canadian universities has been published. Universities are divided into three categories: Primarily Undergraduate, Comprehensive, and Medical Doctoral.

Institutions are ranked according to five criteria derived from 14 indicators, based on public statistics, bibliometric data, and surveys of students, faculty, administrators, counsellors and employers. The indicators are number of students winning national awards, student-faculty ratio, student satisfaction, number of faculty winning awards, research grants, research publications, citations, expenditure, research income, library services and budget, student services, scholarships and services, and reputation surveys.

Prof. Frede Blaabjerg of Aalborg University in Denmark together with Prof. Khalil Amine of the United States received the prestigious world science award ‘Global Energy Prize’  in acknowledgement of their outstanding contribution to the transition to green energy. The press release mentions that the “Global Energy Prize” has been recognized by IREG Observatory as one of 99 main international scientific awards in the world. It is an acknowledgment of IREG Observatory as a “standard setting organization”.

24 September 2019

The latest Times High Education (THE) World Academic Summit, held in Switzerland in partnership with ETH Zurich, saw the announcement of the largest THE World university rankings, including over 1400 universities, some from countries previously unrepresented such as Brunei, Vietnam and Cuba.

The methodology was unchanged with five pillars:

  • Teaching (the learning environment) [30% weighting] including teaching reputation, staff-to-student ratio, doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio, doctorates-awarded-to- academic- staff ratio, institutional income
  • Research (volume, income and reputation) [30%] including research reputation, research income, research productivity
  • Citations (research influence) [30%]
  • International outlook (staff, students and research} [7.5%]
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer) [2.5%].

The third issue of The Three University Missions Moscow International University Ranking has been released. It features a total of 1200 universities from 79 countries.  It is a new academic ranking, the first to evaluate the three key university missions: education, research, and interaction with society. Ranking uses a number of criteria calculated on the basis of objective data, and does not use reputation surveys. The methodology is a result of a wide public discussion in Russia and abroad with a total of over 100 contributing universities. The ranking has been produced by the Association of Rating, Ranking, and Other Performance Evaluations Makers (ARM). The project uses data and metrics from InCites provided by  Clarivate Analytics and Global Institutional Profiles Project (GIPP).

20 September 2019

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the latest edition of its Graduate Employability Rankings. The upper levels are fairly similar to those of research dominant rankings with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in first place followed by Stanford University. Some universities do much better for employability than they do for research or other indicators in the global rankings. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in third place, down from second last year, is only 35th in the QS World University Rankings and École Polytechnique, 18th for employability, is 60th in that table. Australia universities do especially well with eight institutions in the top 100. Elite European and Asian universities also perform well. Tsinghua University is in sixth place, the University of Cambridge eighth, the University of Hong Kong ninth, and the University of Oxford tenth.

15 September 2019

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) is produced by the Informatics Institute at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. The Institute publishes world rankings every year and has recently released field rankings. The field rankings show that US dominance of research is fading and that China has taken the lead in engineering and related subjects. Altogether US Universities hold first place for 21 fields, China for 18, the Netherlands for nine, and the UK for five. Singapore, Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia, Switzerland and Malaysia are also represented at the top of at least one discipline.


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.


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.


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.


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

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod listed in the global ranking of the world's best university websites Webometrics

According to the recent results of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Lobachevsky University now ranks 1383rd in the world and 67th among university websites in Eastern and Central Europe.

QS organize Reimagine Education conference on 8-10 December 2019 in London

Reimagine Education is the global conference for those interested in pedagogical innovation, cutting edge education technology, and means by which graduate employability can be nurtured.

Yeditepe University in Turkey organize the YIRCoF’19 conference

The Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresught and Futures will take place at Yeditepe University on 29-30 November, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The invited speaker are – Roberto Poli, UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems from University of Trento, Italy.

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