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12 February 2019

A report by the world intellectual property organisation has revealed that China, Japan and South Korea are making remarkable progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. The report covers areas such as machine learning, speech learning, telecommunications and transportation. Research in AI is booming reflected in a massive increase in publications, inventions and patents. Machine learning, computer vision and robotics are growing strongly. Private companies are in the lead for AI patenting activity led by IBM, followed by Microsoft, Toshiba, Samsung and NEC. The State Grid Corporation of China has just entered the top twenty for AI patent filings.

07 February 2019

uniRank is a higher education directory and search engine that incorporates web-based non-academic rankings. The objective is to compare the web presence and popularity of institutions. It is based on an algorithm that includes five metrics: Moz Domain Authority, Alexa Global Rank, SimilarWeb Global Rank, Majestic Referring Domains, and Majestic Trust Flow. Although this ranking is explicitly non-academic it is often referred to in countries which have few universities in conventional research-based rankings. It is also the only ranking to include North Korean universities.

04 February 2019

In the latest edition of Shanghai Ranking’s Best Chinese Universities Rankings there are four clusters of indicators; Teaching and Learning, Research, Social Services, and Internationalization. The top five universities overall are:

  1. Tsinghua University, Beijing
  2. Peking University, Beijing
  3. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
  4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  5. Fudan University, Shanghai.

01 February 2019

The ranking web of world universities is published twice yearly by the Cybermetrics Lab, a branch of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the leading Spanish research institute. This ranking has the unique virtue of including any institution with any pretension to be a university. The latest edition includes over 28,000.

27 January 2019

The US News & World Report has announced the eighth edition of its Best Online Programs Rankings. There are a variety of tables including online bachelor’s programs, online graduate programs in subjects such as accounting, computer science and project management, online MBA and graduate business programs and online criminal justice, engineering and nursing programs.

21 January 2019

An article in the Japan Times by Takamitsu Sawa, a Professor at Shiga University, points out that Japanese universities have declined in the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings relative to those in China. The article notes that Chinese universities have continued to rise in these rankings while those in Japan have performed less well. This is despite the Prime Minister’s declaration in 2013 that there would be ten Japanese universities in the top 100 within ten years.It appears unlikely that this target will be achieved since leading Japanese universities have been slipping since 2013.

17 January 2019

Global university rankings are often used to make comparisons between countries as well between universities. The recent publication of the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Rankings has given rise to further discussion about the tertiary education systems of China and India.

14 January 2019

In recent years universities in London, especially University College (UCL), Imperial college (ICL), and the London School of Economics (LSE), have begun to challenge Oxford and Cambridge at the top of the global rankings. The magazine Cosmopolitan has presented further evidence of the rise of London. Drawing on evidence from Onward, a conservative think tank, they have presented the top universities in the UK for graduate salaries. First place goes to LSE whose graduates have an average salary of £45,849 five years after graduation followed by ICL with an average salary of £39,374.

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News from IREG Members

Building university visibility - Ranking conference in Poland

„Perspektywy” Education Foundation in close cooperation with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Polish Accreditation Commission organized a conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective - Rankings and Strategic Management of a University”. The third conference under the same title was held in Warsaw on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Moscow Third University Mission Conference

"The Third University Mission" international conference, dedicated to the cooperation between universities and society  attended by over 260 delegates from 23 countries was held in Moscow November 30 and December 1. The conference was timed to the release of the new issue of Moscow International University Ranking "The Three University Missions". The conference was chaired by Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of the Lomonosov University and Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. "The Moscow Ranking opens a new generation of academic rankings", said Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory, honorary guest of the Conference.  "Almost all of the existing rankings are based mainly on indicators of research and institutional reputation. It is time for a new generation of rankings that try to look more closely to the link between university and society."

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

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