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.
18 March 2018
Mark J Nelson, an artificial intelligence researcher and Senior Research Fellow at the MetaMakers Institute of Falmouth University, UK, has produced a ranking of universities and other institutions according to research in games and interactive entertainment in computing. He has counted articles and conference papers, using fractional counting, about technical games research, excluding games studies research in the social sciences and media studies. A total of 16 sources, such as IEEE Transactions on Games, Entertainment Computing, and Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, are analysed.
15 March 2018
University rankings have tended to emphasise research or indicators such as resources, selectivity and reputation. In addition to research the Washington Post college rankings in the USA attempt to measure contributions to the public good. Indicators include the number of students joining the Peace Corps and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), federal funds spent on service, graduation rates, and the percentage of students receiving Pell grants.
12 February 2018
Clarivate Analytics has just published a report on research in artificial intelligence (AI) in Southeast Asia, which is based on citation and publication data derived from InCites.
09 March 2018
An article by Marlo M Vernon, E Andrew Balas, and Shaher Momani, ‘Are university rankings useful to improve performance: A systematic review’, has just been published in PLOS ONE. The article reports a review of 13 ranking systems in order to determine their usefulness for measuring research performance. The validity of the rankings was determined by comprehensiveness, consistency, transparency and resistance to bias.
05 March 2018
UBI Global is a group of entrepreneurs based in Sweden that focuses on university-based incubators. Its mission is to collect data on successful start-up companies and to improve the efficiency of business incubators and business accelerators through comprehensive benchmarking. Since 2013 it has published world and regional rankings in order to help university-linked incubation programs become more efficient and competitive.
02 February 2018
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has been publishing subject rankings since 2011. The latest edition covers 48 subjects, including new rankings for Classics and Ancient History and Library and Information Management, plus five broad subject groups. These rankings are dominated by the USA and the UK, more specifically by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Oxford, which are ranked in the first place for 14, 12 and 4 subjects respectively. No other institution is ranked for more than one subject. QS notes that rise of Russia and China is slowing down while the performance of Brazil and India has declined.
27 February 2018
Swiss universities have an enviable reputation for academic excellence, one that is confirmed by the global rankings. ETH Zurich (Federal institute of Technology) is currently ranked tenth in the QS and THE World University Rankings and nineteenth in the Shanghai ARWU rankings.
21 February 2018
The National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) of Pakistan has released a list of business schools in the top category.
The council was established by the Higher Education Commission in 2007 and classifies business schools into three groups W, X and Y. W Category Business Schools are accredited for five years and have reached a score of 80% for the Council’s criteria.
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