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.

23 August 2019

The Center for World University Rankings was based in Jeddah but has now moved to the United Arab Emirates. The Center publishes world university rankings, country rankings and subject rankings. These rankings avoid surveys and information submitted by institutions. Instead they assess Quality of Education, Alumni Employment, Quality of Faculty, and Research Performance through publicly accessible databases. The results are fairly similar to conventional research-based rankings with the upper levels dominated by British and American universities.

It is noticeable that Japanese and Israeli universities perform very well here. The University of Tokyo is 13th overall and 6th for alumni employment. The Weizmann Institute of Science is 58th and 17th for quality of education.

18 August 2019

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), better known as the Shanghai Rankings, is the oldest global university ranking. First published in 2003, it is well regarded for a consistent and transparent methodology. It has usually avoided the volatility that has sometimes undermined other global rankings. The top ten in this year’s ranking is unchanged since 2018 with Harvard in first place followed by Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, and University of California Berkeley. As in previous years Harvard is in first place for all indicators except for productivity per capita where Caltech holds the lead.

HackerRank a technology company that assesses student software developer skills on behalf of potential employers. It has just released rankings based on 14 million student assessments covering four criteria, Problem Solving, Language Proficiency, Data Structure Knowledge, and Computer Science Fundamentals. There are rankings for three regions; the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

04 August 2019

The Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has been produced by the Cybermetrics Lab, a branch of the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), since 2004. It currently ranks nearly 29,000 universities in every country in the world except North Korea.

02 August 2019

In recent years several countries have announced programmes to improve the status and quality of higher education and research. Among them is Germany which in 2006 announced the Excellence Initiative to provide funding for graduate schools, clusters of excellence, and universities of excellence.

German universities have often produced research of a high quality but have generally failed to make a significant impression in the global rankings.

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