4 April 2014
The CHE University Ranking (Germany) positively passed the audit procedure carried out by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and was granted the right to use the “IREG Approved” label attesting that the methodology, ranking procedure and the way it is published meet the high quality standards.
The IREG Ranking Audit procedure was prepared by IREG Observatory and publicly announced during UNESCO conference in Paris in May 2011. University rankings have become a permanent feature of the international higher education landscape. The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit (carried out on the voluntary basis) is to ensure high quality o f national and international rankings. The rules applied in the audit process are compiled in the IREG Ranking Audit Manual (available at www.ireg-observatory.org).
The CHE University Ranking was first published in 1998. It is prepared by a non-profit private organisation, CHE Centre for Higher Education, established in 1994 jointly by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the German Rectors Conference (HRK).
16 May 2013
The results of the first ranking audits were announced at the IREG Forum on University Rankings attended by over 130 participants from 32 countries. IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence decided to grant the rights to use the “IREG Approved” label in relation to the national ranking: Perspektywy University Ranking (Poland), produced by the Perspektywy Education Foundation, and to the international and regional rankings QS World University Rankings, produced by the QS Intelligence Unit.
- National and international University rankings serve as effective and useful tools in providing information to the prospective students, contributing to improvement of the quality of higher education, and monitoring higher education reforms – said Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory. - Therefore, a need had arisen to audit the quality of the rankings.
In order to start the audit process, IREG Observatory appointed teams of independent experts. Their work is coordinated by Prof. Klaus Huefner from Berlin. - The audit rules were announced by IREG Observatory in Paris at the UNESCO conference in May 2011. The rankings that positively pass the audit (carried on a voluntary basis) have the right to use the quality label “IREG Approved”. This label attests that the ranking has been prepared in accordance with the highest professional standards – stressed Prof. Huefner. Detailed information on audit methodology are available on the website: ireg-observatory.org
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