14 July 2017

The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), based in Madrid, has just published the fourth edition of its Ranking of Top Universities by Google Scholar citations. The basic methodology is to use the top ten individual profiles in Google Scholar Citations (excluding the one with the most citations). Universities are then ranked in descending order according to the number of citations listed in the profiles. Participation in this index is voluntary so the representativeness of the ranking might be questioned. Altogether 4,982 universities are ranked.

The top of these rankings shows few surprises. Harvard is in first place followed by Stanford. The top twenty universities include one from Switzerland, four from the UK and 15 from the USA.

The top ten universities are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Johns Hopkins University
  4. University of California Berkeley
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. University of Chicago
  7. University of Cambridge
  8. Princeton University
  9. University College London
  10. University of Oxford.

There are, however, some universities that do remarkably well such as Radboud University in the Netherlands (75th) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (44th).

The top ranked universities in selected regions and countries include:

  • Africa; University of Cape Town (252nd)
  • Arab Region; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (184th)
  • Asia; Novosibirsk State University (58th)
  • Australia; Australian National university (70th)
  • China; Tsinghua University (183rd)
  • Europe; University of Cambridge (7th)
  • Europe ex UK; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (13th)
  • India; Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (261st)
  • Latin America: Universidade de São Paulo (109th)
  • Middle East; Weizmann Institute of Technology(104th)
  • Southeast Asia; National University of Singapore (65th).

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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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