31 October 2017

The Russian 5-100 Academic Excellence Project is currently being reviewed. The object of this programme was to get five Russian universities into the top 100 of the global rankings.

At present Lomonosov Moscow State University, which is not part of the project, is the only Russian university in the top 100 of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings). It has also reached the top 200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings and the Round University Ranking published by a Russian agency.

There have recently been reports that the Russian government was considering continuing support for only six of the 21 universities. However, an article in University World News by Brendan O’Malley and Eugene Vorotnikov indicates that for the moment there are no definite plans to make changes to the project. It is possible though that there could be a review after the presidential elections in March 2018.

Meanwhile there was a meeting on October 27th and 28th in Yekaterinburg where the universities involved in the project presented their “Road Maps” to the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities. All these universities were evaluated positively and they stay in the program. Following the evaluation process they were divided into three groups according to their performance in the rankings and other indicators and an evaluation of their presentations.

The first group included HSE, ITMO University, MEPhI, MIPT, NSU, MISiS and Tomsk State University. All of these have reached the top 100 in one of the the subject rankings published by QS or THE.

Waldemar Siwinski, Vice-President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, who participated in the Yekateringurg conference as an expert pointed out that “among universities in the 5-100 Project there are members of IREG Observatory: Kazan Federal University, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and RUDN University. They all scored high in the evaluation."


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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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