05 March 2018

UBI Global is a group of entrepreneurs based in Sweden that focuses on university-based incubators. Its mission is to collect data on successful start-up companies and to improve the efficiency of business incubators and business accelerators through comprehensive benchmarking. Since 2013 it has published world and regional rankings in order to help university-linked incubation programs become more efficient and competitive.

The current rankings are based on 21 indicators comprising Jobs created and sustained, Sales revenue, Graduates, Self-generated revenue, Client start-ups accepted, Graduate retention, Services offered, Coaching and mentoring hours, Total investment attracted, Average investment attracted, Seed funding attracted, Partners, Events, Engaged alumni, In-state applications, Out-of-state applications, Sponsorship attraction, 1-year survival rate, 5-year survival rate, High growth enterprise, and IPOS.

There are various classes of business incubators. For those managed by universities, the first place is held jointly by the SETsquared Partnership, UK, run by the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, and the DMZ at Ryerson University, Canada.

For incubators affiliated with universities first place goes to 1871 – Chicago’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center including the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and DeVry University.

The top incubator collaborating with universities is the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Ireland, sponsored by University College Dublin, Trinity Innovation Academy, UCD Innovation Academy, Smurfit School of business, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin City University, HEC Paris, IE Madrid, Northeastern University, and University of Shanghai.

The world top business accelerator linked to a university is York Entrepreneurship Development Institute at York University, Canada.

There are twenty countries represented in these rankings. Canada is represented by eight incubators and accelerators, followed by Russia, USA, Brazil, and Sweden, with four each.




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7th Russian University Ranking by RAEX

The RAEX Rating Agency presented its the 7th annual ranking of the Russian results on the Global Competitiveness Forum in Moscow. The RAEX ranking is based on 45 indicators and survey results among 30,000 respondents: academics, students, alumni, and employers.

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)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

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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