The IREG president, Prof. Luiz Claudio Costa was appointed first emeritus member of the RANKINTACS NETWORK - Brazilian Network of Research in Rankings, Indexes and Tables Classificatory in Higher Education*. The ceremony took place during the REDE RANKINTACS 2nd Seminar, held on  August 23rd, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Campinas. Luiz Costa gave a lecture entitled "Academic Rankings in Higher Education: Trends and Perspectives" in which he highlighted the university rankings importance as another source of information available to university governance, as well as potential tool for improving institutions’ quality.

In addition to the participation of the coordinators and members of the REDE RANKINTACS, the ceremony was also attended by university authorities represented by Prof. Germano Rigacci Junior, magnificent Rector of PUC-Campinas.

For Adolfo Ignacio Calderón, REDE RANKINTACS academic coordinator and Post-Graduation Program in Education at PUC-Campinas full professor, the Dr. Luiz Claudio Costa appointment is a source of pride for all members of REDE RANKINTACS, not only for being profoundly aware of the ranking phenomenon in a global scope but also because he has an entire trajectory in university management and in actions implementation focused on excellence in Brazilian Higher Education. In this perspective, Dr. Lara Carlette Thiengo, Executive Secretary of REDE RANKINTACS, highlighted the IREG president pioneering initiatives, such as the attempt to implant in 2012 the project "Universities of Excellence - TOP 200" which aimed to focus on federal public universities to rank among the top 200 in the world government efforts.

According to Solange Santos, REDE RANKINTACS international relations coordinator, "The choice of a Brazilian to preside over the IREG is an excellent opportunity to build new attitudes and to undo the internationally disseminated perception that Latin America opposes itself the use of university rankings as tools for measuring performance at the global level, setting goals and improving the international insertion of universities".

In addition to this vision, Sabine Righetti, REDE RANKINTACS inter-institutional coordinator and responsible for the University RUF-Ranking University, produced and published by Folha de São Paulo newspaper, recalls that in 2013 she had the opportunity to participate in the IREG Annual Meeting in Warsaw, where she presented the RUF methodology and acquired a differentiated view of the expansion of academic rankings in the globalized world. Righetti emphasized the absence of Brazilian institutions in the IREG debates, in this sense he considers that "the presence of Dr. Luiz Claudio Costa, in the IREG presidency, represents the opportunity for a closer approximation between university authorities, researchers and operators of Brazilian rankings and this important international organization".

Prof. Luiz Cláudio Costa appointment as emeritus member was consensually celebrated by all members of REDE RANKINTACS. Armando Gonçalves, a member of REDE RANKINTACS, who is developing a PhD thesis at PUC-Campinas, says that " Dr. Luiz Cláudio appointment as a member of the emeritus strengthens and expands the REDE RANKINTACS as a catalytic and disseminating space for academic knowledge of a still incipient subject matter in Brazil and in Latin America. "

The REDE RANKINTACS was created in August 2017, based on the research project "Academic Rankings of the Private Sector in Brazil: Trajectory and Methodologies Adopted in a Comparative Perspective Compared to Ibero-American Space Rankings" coordinated by Dr. Adolfo Ignacio Calderón. The project is funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTI) agency. The RANKINTACS Network brings together managers, rankings operators, and researchers from various fields of knowledge (information sciences, social sciences, economics, statistics, journalism, pedagogy, psychology, among others) who are dedicated to the study, production and dissemination of scientific knowledge , based on empirical evidence, on RANKINTACS and its interfaces with university governance, the educational market, citizens' rights and national and international higher education policies. More information about the RANKINTACS Network:

*In Portuguese language: REDE RANKINTACS - Rede Brasileira de Pesquisa em Rankings, Índices e Tabelas Classificatórias na Educação Superior).

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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