24 April 2017

The Milken Institute, a private think tank based in California that is concerned with economic and social issues has published a research report by Ross DeVol, Joe Lee, and Minoli Ratnatunga that analyses the process by which universities convert research into intellectual property in the USA. The University Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index is based on data supplied by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Technology transfer is measured by eight key metrics, patents issued (15%), licenses issued (15%), income from licensing (35%), and start-ups (35%) each of which are presented in normalised and non-normalised mode. A number of leading universities did not take part in the survey.

18 April 2017

In recent years, there has been a massive expansion of higher education throughout the world, especially in upper-middle income countries.  At the same time, there has been an increasing diversity of providers including private institutions, international branch campuses and online providers. These developments have serious implications for the international evaluation and comparison of universities. An article by Elizabeth Redden in INSIDE HIGHER ED discusses a recent report by UNESCO that shows that the expansion of higher education has often been uneven.

14 April 2017

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2017,published in February, rank US universities and colleges according to the quality of education provided plus their affordability. It is a ranking for students as consumers. Indicators include admission rate, four-year graduation rate, total cost, average aid, average debt at graduation and salary.

10 April 2017

The latest edition of Round University Ranking has been published. This ranking is produced by the Moscow based RUR Agency and uses information supplied by Clarivate Analytics that includes statistical data submitted by institutions, bibliometric data from the Web of Science Core Collection, and an academic reputation survey with over 10,000 respondents.

05 April 2017

The second edition of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been published by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). A number of methodological changes have been introduced including assigning an overall score to all large or centrally funded institutions.These rankings are based on five parameters: Teaching, Learningand Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcome, Outreach and Inclusivity, and Perception.

2 April 2017

Etvos Lorand University (member of IREG Observatory) organized a regional seminar “Universities on Crossroads of National and Global Rankings” in Budapest on 31 March 2017 to discuss the meaning and usefulness of global and national rankings for higher education systems in smaller countries with limited number of universities. While positions at the top of global rankings seem out of reach for these universities, they feel a need to compare themselves against institutions and faculties not only in their own countries but also with their counterparts in other countries and especially within the region. The advantage of regional comparison, it was often stressed, not only is desirable but makes a lot of sense as higher education systems are to a large extend similar and the available data should be compatible. Representatives of several Hungarian universities as well as rectors of the leading universities in the neighboring countries Mircea Dumitru rector of University of Bucharest (member of IREG Observatory) and Ivanka Popovich, rector of  University of Beograd took part at the seminar. Waldemar Siwinski of IREG Observatory and Csilla Steger of the Hungarian Office for Education delivered the key speeches. Gyorgy Fabri of the Etvos Lorad University chaired the seminar.

News from IREG Members

Ranking conference in Warsaw

Polish universities feel, they deserve a better place in international rankings. To discuss what can and should be done to improve the quality of research, rectors of best universities in the country gathered 1-2 December in Warsaw at the conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective – Rankings and Strategic Management of University” organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation jointly with the Conference of Rectors (CRASP) and Polish Accreditation Commission (PAC).

Conference on Universities’ Reputation

Spanish Universidad de Navarra organizes the International Conference BUILDING UNIVERSITIES' REPUTATION Understanding the Student Perspective – Key to a Reputation Strategy, Pamplona, Spain 30-31 March 2017. www.unav.edu/bur

Report on Activities of IREG Observatory 2015-1016

Dr. Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence at the General Assembly held in Lisbon on 6 May 2016 presented a detailed report on activities of the organization, the President and members of the Executive Committee in the period: May 2015 – May 2016.

You may ready the report HERE.

University of Indonesia Sustainability Ranking

(Indonesia, 27th of April 2016) More than 26 universities from 16 countries top officials gathered in Jakarta Indonesia, on April 21st 2016 to present their achievements in providing World Class University Infrastructure and in fostering sustainable culture. Universitas Indonesia (UI), as the initiator of the first university ranking in the world hosted this second International Workshop on UI GreenMetric entitled ‎“Fostering Sustainable Culture in Global Universities” (http://iwgm.ui.ac.id). University of Indonesia is an IREG Member since 2012.

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