Ranking News

25 July 2016

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have published the fourth edition of their BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) rankings, which were produced with the help of Interfax, the Russian news agency. The methodology is rather different from their world rankings. There is total of eight indicators. Like the world rankings, a combined weighting of 50% has been given to survey based indicators but the weighting for the academic survey in these rankings is 30% instead of 40% and that for the employer survey is 20% rather 10%. Faculty Student Ratio receives a weighting of 20%, Staff with a PhD 10%, Papers per Faculty 10%, Citations per Paper 5% and international faculty and international students 5%.

20 July 2016

The Cybermetrics Lab is a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. It has produced the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities since 2004 and has announced the July edition of its ranking of universities by Google Scholar Citations. This is an experimental ranking based on five thousand institutional profiles and one million individual profiles. It is calculated by counting the number of citations to the nine most highly cited researchers at each university after the first ranked researcher is excluded.

16 July 2016

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) have published a report listing 100 universities (including university systems) that were granted US utility patents in 2015. The information in the report, the fourth since 2014, was provided by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

14 July 2016

The International Conference on Excellence Initiatives organized at the initiative and by invitation of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 took place June 30 - July 1, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The ITMO University played the role of the conference’s host, and Perspektywy was responsible for organization and functioning of the International Speakers’ Secretariat.

13 July 2016

Absolute leader of the 2016 “Top-200 Ukraine” ranking is the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, which moved forward due to the criterion: “Innovative activity of universities”. During the last year, over 40 startups have been created in its innovative ecosystem “Sikorsky Challenge”; and 29 of them have received investments from private venture funds and high-tech companies in the total of 573 million UAH.

12 July 2016

The Center for World University Rankings, based in Jeddah, SaudiArabia, has published global university rankings since 2012.  The first two editions ranked 100 universities but since then it has included 1,000 institutions. The methodology is distinctive and attempts to measure attributes such as graduate employment and quality of education that are not captured by other global rankings.

08 July 2016

Times Higher Education (THE) have published the latest in their series of regional rankings. The inaugural Latin American rankings were announced at a summit at Antonio Narino University in Bogota, Colombia. The ranking is presented as a pilot project that may be the precursor of a bespoke ranking specifically designed to meet the needs and special characteristics of the Latin American region. The teaching and research reputation indicators were based on survey data that will be included in the forthcoming world rankings.

03 July 2016

Scimago Lab, in partnership with Elsevier, has recently overhauled its methodology and produced a new international league table of research institutions. A 50% weighting is given to research indicators, including Output, International Collaboration, Normalized Impact, High Quality Publications, Excellence with Leadership and Scientific Talent Pool. Thirty per cent goes to Innovation, which comprises Innovative Knowledge and Technological Impact. Societal Impact (20%) is assessed by two indicators, Web Size and Domain Inbound Links.

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Report on Activities of IREG Observatory 2015-1016

Dr. Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence at the General Assembly held in Lisbon on 6 May 2016 presented a detailed report on activities of the organization, the President and members of the Executive Committee in the period: May 2015 – May 2016.

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University of Indonesia Sustainability Ranking

(Indonesia, 27th of April 2016) More than 26 universities from 16 countries top officials gathered in Jakarta Indonesia, on April 21st 2016 to present their achievements in providing World Class University Infrastructure and in fostering sustainable culture. Universitas Indonesia (UI), as the initiator of the first university ranking in the world hosted this second International Workshop on UI GreenMetric entitled ‎“Fostering Sustainable Culture in Global Universities” (http://iwgm.ui.ac.id). University of Indonesia is an IREG Member since 2012.

International recognition for Russian University Ranking

(Moscow, 16th of March 2016) Rating agency RAEX (Expert RA) became the first organization in Russia and the forth in the world whose university rankings successfully passed international audit by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. The agency received the right to use the sign “IREG approved” confirming that the methodology of the RAEX (Expert RA) University Ranking as well as the procedures of preparing the ranking and presenting its results satisfy the top quality standards. Other rankings that successfully passed the IREG audit: Perspektywy (Poland), QS (Great Britain) and CHE (Germany).

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