24 November 2017

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the 2018 edition of its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) university rankings.Chinese universities have a clear advantage. The top place is held by Tsinghua University for the fourth year in a row and there seven Chinese universities in the top ten. In India there has been a reshuffling among the top institutions. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombayhas risen from 16th place in 2015-16 to 9th this year, overtaking the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore which has fallen from 5th to 10th. The top Russian university is Lomonosov Moscow State University followed by Novosibersk State University while the leading Brazilian university is Universidade Estadual de Campinas in 13th place.For South Africa these rankings are not good news. The University of Cape Town has fallen from 9th place in 2014-5 to 19th, the University of the Witwatersrand, from 31st to 36th, Stellenbosch University from 34th to 47th and the University of Kwazulu-Natal from 60th to 80th.

The methodology is based on that used in the World University Rankingsbut with some modifications. The academic survey carries a weighting of 30% and the employer survey 20%, compared to 40% and 10% in the world rankings. The other indicators are faculty/student ratio (20% weighting), staff with PhD (10%), papers per faculty (10%), citations per paper (5%), international students (2.5%), and international faculty (2.5%).

The top ten BRICS universities are:

  1. Tsinghua University
  2. Peking University
  3. Fudan University
  4. University of Science and Technology China
  5. Lomonosov Moscow State University
  6. Zhejiang University
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  8. Nanjing University
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  10. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.


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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.

Polish universities in a global perspective

Research universities, initiatives of excellence, international and national rankings, accreditations, innovativeness of higher education were the topics of the second conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of a university ", held in Warsaw 27-28 November 2017. Over 160 participants rectors, vice rectors and directors of international offices took part in the conference, organized jointly by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Jarosław Gowin,Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education extended his patronage over the conference.

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).

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