13 September 2019

PitchBook is a software and data company that provides information about public and private capital. It produces rankings of universities whose graduates have founded companies and obtained venture capital between 2006 and August 2019. It is therefore a measure of the ability of universities to incubate entrepreneurial talent.The top undergraduate programme is Stanford with 1,288 founders and 1,114 companies including Snap, DoorDash, Opendoor, Robinhood and Solyndra. The top MBA programme is Harvard. Stanford and Harvard are also thetop universities for female founders.

10 September 2019

The European Research ranking is based on information provided by the European Commission. The 2018 ranking has just been published after a delay for technical reasons. The ranking measures the research funding and networking of European universities and research centres. There are three indicators: funding and project participation performance, network activity and alliances, and diversity of research areas.

05 September 2019

The Washington Monthly has published the latest edition of its student-centred College Guide and Rankings. The methodology of these rankings of US colleges and universities feature ssocial mobility, research performance, and community and national service. These three criteria are given equal weighting.

03 September 2019

Nature and Science are considered the two most prestigious scientific journals. Their importance is indicated by their weighting of 20 per cent in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. Nature Index has published an article by Gemma Conroy and Bec Crew that highlights the top ten institutions that contributed to these two journals during 2018. First place goes to Harvard with a total article count of 210 or a fractional count of 70.67, followed by Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Society and the University of California Berkeley. The data is derived from the annual tables for 2019.

28 August 2019

PIE News has an article by Callan Quinn reporting on the current status of the Russian 5 Top 100 academic excellence project. This is an effort to get five Russian universities into the top 100 universities as ranked by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings or the Times Higher Education(THE) World University Rankings. The article notes that Russian universities have become more globally competitive, developing joint programmes and attracting more students.

24 August 2019

The Indonesian Research, Technology and has announced new university rankings. This comes at a time of growing concern about the poor quality of the country’s universities and their lacklustre performance in the global rankings. There have been proposals to recruit international academics to lead Indonesian universities in the hope that this will lead to higher standards. The new rankings classify 2,141 non-vocational higher education institutions in five clusters. It is noticeable that the leading universities are mainly found in Java and Sumatra and few in the eastern regions such as Bali, Sulawesi and Irian jaya. Of the thirteen universities in the first cluster, ten are located in Java, two in Sumatra and only one in Eastern Indonesia.

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