01 November 2017

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) has been published since 2010 by the Informatics Institute at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. It includes six indicators that measure research output and quality.

Current scientific productivity is measured by the number of articles in journals in the first, second and third quartiles for journal impact factor over a period of one year (weighting 21%). Papers with more than 1,000 authors are excluded.

Research impact is measured by citations of these papers (weighting 21%).

Scientific productivity is measured by total documents over five years including conference papers, reviews and so on (weighting 10%).

Research quality is measured by Total Article Impact (weighting 18%) and total Citation Impact (weighting 15%). These indicators are normalised by 23 subject areas.

International Collaboration is measured by the number of papers with international researchers as collaborators (weighting 15%).

All data is derived from InCItes.

The first place in this year’s ranking goes to Harvard followed by the University of Toronto. The most interesting change since last year is the rise of Pierre and Marie University – Paris VI from 26th place to 4th.

Other continental European and Canadian universities have also performed very well. The University of Copenhagen is 17th, ETH Zurich 37th, and the University of British Columbia 21st.

The top universities by region are:

  • Africa; University of Cape Town
  • Asia; University of Tokyo
  • Europe; University of Oxford
  • North America; Harvard University
  • South America; Universidade de São Paulo
  • Oceania; University of Sydney.



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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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