13 March 2017

An international conference IREG Forum 2017 Excellence as the University Driving Force opened at Qatar University In Doha, Qatar in the presence of some 120 representatives of universities from 35 countries and experts on academic rankings and higher education. The conference was opened by Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President of Qatar University. Key note speeches delivered: Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim, Economic Adviser for H.H. the Emir of Qatar at Amiri Divan and Francisco Marmolejo, Tertiary Education, The World Bank.

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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.


The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.


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