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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The top three universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), continue to maintain their positions for the fourth year in a row’, notes Alexey Khodyrev, Executive Director of University Rankings at the RAEX Rating Agency.

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

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This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.

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