03 February 2017

The latest edition of the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has been released. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group affiliated to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. There are four indicators, presence, openness, impact and excellence. The current ranking is dominated by English-speaking universities. The top twenty contains sixteen US universities, three in the UK, Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, and one in Canada, the University of Toronto. Harvard is first in all criteria except for impact which is headed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The top five are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. MIT
  4. University of California Berkeley
  5. University of Michigan.

The top universities in various regions are:

BRICS: University of São Paulo

CIVETS and Africa:University of Cape Town

Asia Pacific: University of Tokyo

Europe:University of Oxford

Central and Eastern Europe: LomonosovMoscow State University

Arab World: King Saud University.

The Cybermetrics Labhas also published data on repositories, the criteria being size, visibility, rich files and Google Scholar entries.

Overall the top five repositories are:

  1. org e-Print Archive
  2. CiteSeerX
  3. Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System
  4. Europe PubMed Central
  5. Research Papers in Economics RePEc.

The top five institutional repositories are:

  1. Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System
  2. NASA Technical Reports Server
  3. University of California eScholarship Repository
  4. CERN Document Server
  5. MIT Institutional Repository.

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With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.


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News from IREG Members

The worldwide ranking UI GreenMetric Workshop in Bologna

This Bologna workshop is aimed to highlight the commitment of Italian universities towards a sustainable 360° approach. UI GM Chairperson, Riri Fitri Sari, will showcase the ranking’s structure and indicators in details. Italian participants are warmly invited to ask questions and raise issues concerning the specificity of the Italian universities to fit into the UI GreenMetric ranking. The Alma Mater Studiorum assumes the role of National Network Hub for UI GM in the framework of this event that will also host experts from RUS (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

Ranking conference in Warsaw

Polish universities feel, they deserve a better place in international rankings. To discuss what can and should be done to improve the quality of research, rectors of best universities in the country gathered 1-2 December in Warsaw at the conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective – Rankings and Strategic Management of University” organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation jointly with the Conference of Rectors (CRASP) and Polish Accreditation Commission (PAC).

Conference on Universities’ Reputation

Spanish Universidad de Navarra organizes the International Conference BUILDING UNIVERSITIES' REPUTATION Understanding the Student Perspective – Key to a Reputation Strategy, Pamplona, Spain 30-31 March 2017. www.unav.edu/bur

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.

You may ready the report HERE.

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