A comment from university’s angle

At the end of every year, the complete picture of annual university rankings is unveiled. As for every university administrator (whether my colleagues admit it or not), it gives me a sense of insight on higher education performances but also some headaches related to what I believe are flaws in some indicators. The biggest of headaches is that of citations...

08 October 2019

The latest edition of Maclean’s rankings of Canadian universities has been published. Universities are divided into three categories: Primarily Undergraduate, Comprehensive, and Medical Doctoral.

Institutions are ranked according to five criteria derived from 14 indicators, based on public statistics, bibliometric data, and surveys of students, faculty, administrators, counsellors and employers. The indicators are number of students winning national awards, student-faculty ratio, student satisfaction, number of faculty winning awards, research grants, research publications, citations, expenditure, research income, library services and budget, student services, scholarships and services, and reputation surveys.

Prof. Frede Blaabjerg of Aalborg University in Denmark together with Prof. Khalil Amine of the United States received the prestigious world science award ‘Global Energy Prize’  in acknowledgement of their outstanding contribution to the transition to green energy. The press release mentions that the “Global Energy Prize” has been recognized by IREG Observatory as one of 99 main international scientific awards in the world. It is an acknowledgment of IREG Observatory as a “standard setting organization”.

24 September 2019

The latest Times High Education (THE) World Academic Summit, held in Switzerland in partnership with ETH Zurich, saw the announcement of the largest THE World university rankings, including over 1400 universities, some from countries previously unrepresented such as Brunei, Vietnam and Cuba.

The methodology was unchanged with five pillars:

  • Teaching (the learning environment) [30% weighting] including teaching reputation, staff-to-student ratio, doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio, doctorates-awarded-to- academic- staff ratio, institutional income
  • Research (volume, income and reputation) [30%] including research reputation, research income, research productivity
  • Citations (research influence) [30%]
  • International outlook (staff, students and research} [7.5%]
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer) [2.5%].

The third issue of The Three University Missions Moscow International University Ranking has been released. It features a total of 1200 universities from 79 countries.  It is a new academic ranking, the first to evaluate the three key university missions: education, research, and interaction with society. Ranking uses a number of criteria calculated on the basis of objective data, and does not use reputation surveys. The methodology is a result of a wide public discussion in Russia and abroad with a total of over 100 contributing universities. The ranking has been produced by the Association of Rating, Ranking, and Other Performance Evaluations Makers (ARM). The project uses data and metrics from InCites provided by  Clarivate Analytics and Global Institutional Profiles Project (GIPP).

20 September 2019

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the latest edition of its Graduate Employability Rankings. The upper levels are fairly similar to those of research dominant rankings with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in first place followed by Stanford University. Some universities do much better for employability than they do for research or other indicators in the global rankings. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in third place, down from second last year, is only 35th in the QS World University Rankings and École Polytechnique, 18th for employability, is 60th in that table. Australia universities do especially well with eight institutions in the top 100. Elite European and Asian universities also perform well. Tsinghua University is in sixth place, the University of Cambridge eighth, the University of Hong Kong ninth, and the University of Oxford tenth.

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