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02 February 2016

A disturbing report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has revealed that English students are falling behind other developed nations in the acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy skills. Northern Ireland students do somewhat better while Scotland and Wales did not take part in the survey on which the report is based. The best performing countries for literacy skills among 16-19 year-olds are Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Finland and Estonia. For numeracy skills they are Korea, Netherlands, Japan, Finland and Slovakia.

29 January 2016

The international think tank ranking was released on January 27th by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. The upper levels of the rankings were dominated by the USA and the UK but there were signs of significant activity in Asia and Europe. The 2015 Go To Think Tank Index launch events were held in a variety of global cities. The event in Washington D. C. was entitled Why Think Tanks Matter: Helping Make People Centered Public Policy & Development a Priority.” and the one at the UN headquarters in New York dealt with issues such as arms control, sustainable development and trade.

16 January 2016

Times Higher Education has produced a ranking of the top 200 international universities. The data is taken from the International Outlook Indicator in last year’s World University Rankings. The criteria, which are given equal weighting, are the ratio of international to domestic students, the ratio of international to domestic faculty, and the proportion of papers with an international collaborator.

07 January 2015

The steady expansion of online higher education has raised some serious problems and some interesting opportunities for university ranking organisations. The most systematic attempt to deal with this development has been by US News (USN) which has undertaken to rank general bachelor’s degree programmes and a variety of subject specific programmes in the US.

07 January 2015

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the measurement of student learning outcomes as part of the evaluation of university quality. This discussion has been given urgency by findings that that a substantial number of American students appear to make little or no progress during their academic careers.

An article by Chris Havergal in Times Higher Education (THE) documents progress towards the standardized testing of students in Brazil where the national student performance exam (Enade) has been given to first and final year students. It appears that Brazilian university students do make gains on subject knowledge and general knowledge

03 January 2015

The Graduate School of Informatics at the Middle EastTechnicalUniversity, Ankara, has published the latest edition of its University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). The URAP gives considerable weight to quantity rather than quality so that the University of Toronto in second place and JohnsHopkinsUniversity in fourth are ahead of Yale in 20th and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 56th .

18 December 2015

The journal Nature has published the latest edition of the Nature Publishing Index: Asia-Pacific. This is based on papers classified as articles, letters, brief communications and reviews in Nature or Nature monthly research journals during the year ending on the 14th of December.

11 December 2015

A new ranking of universities according to their global influence has been developed by José Lages and Antoine Patt of Université de Franche-Comté and Dima L. Shepelyansky of Université de Toulouse. It attempts to measure the influence of universities based on a method derived from Google’s ranking of search results. Universities referred to in Wikipedia articles are analysed as nodes in a network and are deemed influential if other articles link to them.

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News from IREG Members

Perspektywy MBA Ranking 2015 (Poland)

(8 December 2015) In the 2015 Perspektywy ranking of MBA programs in Poland the "Canadian Executive MBA (CEMBA)" program of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics took the first place followed by the “emba@uw - Executive MBA” of the University of Warsaw and the “Executive MBA" by Kozminski University in Warsaw.

In the ranking process, seven groups of criteria were taken into consideration: the quality of program’s content (20%), employers’ preference (15%), alumni opinion (15%), quality of applying students (15%), quality of the teaching staff (15%), support of the teaching process (5%) and the perceived prestige of the diploma (15%). Altogether, 26 indicators were used to measure the above criteria.


From October 26th to 28th, the Global University summit BRICS was held on the premises of four top-ranked Moscow universities: MGIMO, Lomonosov Moscow State University, People’s Friendship University and MISA. The event was put together as part of the 2015 Russian presidency of BRICS with the support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over 300 representatives from the ministries and leading universities of BRICS countries, as well as from international organizations and research centers got together to discuss issues of cooperation in the area of education and science, and to ponder the overall 2015 Agenda.

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.


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