09 May 2019
The IREG conference, with the theme ‘Rankings: A Challenge to Higher Education’ has opened at the University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna). The conference began with an opening session that included Luiz C. Costa, President of the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and Academic Vice Rector of IESB university, Brazil, Francesco Ubertini, Rector of the University of Bologna, and Gaetano Manfredi, Rector of the University of Naples.
Jaroslaw Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education of Poland delivered a keynote speech: Rankings: a Challenge to Public Poicy? Reflection from Poland’s Perspective. In his speech Gowin remarked that current situation “creates the demand for verified and reliable information that reduces the complexity of a problem to its most relevant aspects” adding that “social expectations for rankings are clear – rankings should provide trustworthy information allowing to dismiss alternatives that do not meet our criteria and narrow down the range of choice to the most appropriate options”.
This was followed by three sessions presented by expert rankers and researchers that discussed Trends and New Developments in Global and National Rankings, Use of Rankings in Developing University Strategy, and the Future of Rankings – From Bibliometrics to Global Performance Metrics.
IREG 2019 Conference