19 June 2017

The Global Innovation Index is published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD (European institute of Business Administration) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The index is based on 81 separate indicators relevant to innovation including political environment, education and infrastructure. This year the index was dominated by European countries who took eight out of the top ten places. However, some Asian countries suchas Singapore in seventh place, South Korea in eleventh, Japan in 16th and China in 25th also did well.

The top ten countries in 2017 were:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Sweden
  3. Netherlands
  4. USA
  5. UK
  6. Denmark
  7. Singapore
  8. Finland
  9. Germany
  10. Ireland

The index also identified the most innovative countries in each region. These were as follows:

North America; USA
Sub-Saharan Africa; South Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean; Chile
Central and Southern Asia; India
Northern Africa and Western Asia; Israel
South East, East Asia and Oceania; Singapore
Europe; Switzerland.

One pillar of the index is human capital and research, which includes tertiary education and research and development. The latter comprises number of researchers, gross expenditure on research and education, global research and development firms, and average scores in the QS world rankings. In the QS university ranking indicator, the top five countries are USA, UK, China, Switzerland and Canada.

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IREG Initiatives

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.


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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