24 April 2015
In 2014 a conference hosted by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University and sponsored by the European Network of Indicator Designers explored the use and abuse of research metrics. From that conference a list of principles has emerged which is now known as the Leiden Manifesto. The journal Nature has published it as a comment by Diana Hicks of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ismael Rafois of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Paul Wowters, Ludo Waltman, and Sarah de Rijke of CWTS.
20 April 2015
The reform of higher education is a top priority of the Russian government. The 5 top 100 programme has the declared objective of getting five universities into the world’s top 100 as measured by the leading global rankings. Already a number of institutions have achieved some success in reaching high places in the QS and Times Higher Education subject rankings especially in the physical sciences.
16 April 2015
The number of students from overseas, especially from India, in 2009 fell dramatically as a result of the rising value of the Australian currency, stricter visa regulations affecting vocational training and a number of attacks on Indian students that were alleged to be racially motivated. The contribution of international students fell from 17 billion Australian dollars in 2009 to 14.5 billion in 2012. According to John Ross, writing for Inside Higher Ed, the higher education sector, which is the country’s fourth largest exporter, is beginning to recover.
9-10 April 2015
Over 150 academics and administrators from best Russian universities came to Moscow in order to take part at an international seminar on recent development in the field of rankings by subject. The seminar: Road to Academic Excellence – Russian Universities in Rankings by Subject, Moscow, 9-10 April 2015, has been organized by Project 5-100 Headquarters responsible for implementation of the Russia Excellence Initiative (Russia) and Perspektywy Education Foundation (Poland).
During the two days seminar participants had a unique opportunity to meet and hear international experts on academic rankings and the authors of the main international rankings by subject. Speakers included Robert Morse (USA) of US News,Gero Federkeil (Germany) of Centre for Higher Education and U-Multirank, Paul Wouters (the Netherlands) of Leiden University Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Zhuolin Feng from Shanghai Centre for World-Class Universities , Alex Usher (Canada), Higher Education Strategy Associates, Waldemar Siwinski (Poland) of Perspektywy Education Foundation, Richard Holmes (Malasia, UK) University Ranking Watch, Dmitry Grishankov (Russia) of Expert RA, John O’Leary (UK) of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).Phil Baty of Times Higher Education (THE) delivered a video presentation. The two major international scientific data providers Elsevier and Thomson Reuters were also represented at the seminar.
30 March 2015
U-Multirank, the new global university ranking, released its second edition online (www.umultirank.org). This unique new tool for comparing university performance internationally presents information on more than 1,200 higher education institutions, up from 850 just one year ago. The universities come from 83 countries, with more than 1,800 faculties and 7,500 study programmes in seven fields of study. With 21,000 data scores on the institutional level and 37,000 on the field-base level, U-Multirank is the largest global university ranking - and the most comprehensive information system on universities - in the world.
U-Multirank is the first global ranking offering a full picture on the diversity of university performance, providing users with data across five dimensions: teaching & learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement, for its seven fields-of-study: electrical and mechanical engineering, business studies and physics and, new this year, psychology, computer science and medicine.
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