20 June 2018

The Nature Index analyses the performance of institutions and countries in producing research in the natural sciences at the highest level. It is derived from a database compiled by Nature Research of research articles in 82 highly reputed science journals. It is updated every month and country and institutional tables are published each year. The journals are chosen by two independent panels, for the physical sciences and the life sciences, headed by John Morton of University College London and Tracey Chapman of the University of East Anglia. The latest tables were published last week.

Tables are available for academic, corporate, government, healthcare, and NPO/NGO (foundations) institutions, for regions and countries, and for Chemistry, Earth and Environmental, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and all subjects.

The top five countries by fractional counting of articles are:

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. Germany
  4. UK
  5. Japan

The top five institutions of all types are:

  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences
  2. Harvard University, USA
  3. Max Planck Society, Germany
  4. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  5. Stanford University, USA.

The universities in the current top 50 with the biggest percentage increase in scores are:

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences;  64.8%

Indian Institutes of Technology;  28%

Kyoto University, Japan;  15.1%

Fudan University, China;  11.1%

National University of Singapore; 10.5%.

Those in the top 50 with the biggest decreases are:

University of Minnesota, USA; -15.5%

University of Oxford, UK; -15.2%

Yale University, USA;  -13.6%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; 1-2%

EPF Lausanne, Switzerland;  -11.2%.


IREG Initiatives

The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.


The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.


The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.


News from IREG Members

Building university visibility - Ranking conference in Poland

„Perspektywy” Education Foundation in close cooperation with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Polish Accreditation Commission organized a conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective - Rankings and Strategic Management of a University”. The third conference under the same title was held in Warsaw on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Moscow Third University Mission Conference

"The Third University Mission" international conference, dedicated to the cooperation between universities and society  attended by over 260 delegates from 23 countries was held in Moscow November 30 and December 1. The conference was timed to the release of the new issue of Moscow International University Ranking "The Three University Missions". The conference was chaired by Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of the Lomonosov University and Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. "The Moscow Ranking opens a new generation of academic rankings", said Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory, honorary guest of the Conference.  "Almost all of the existing rankings are based mainly on indicators of research and institutional reputation. It is time for a new generation of rankings that try to look more closely to the link between university and society."

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.

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