27 July 2019

The Global Innovation Index is produced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, INSEAD and Cornell University in cooperation with Indian, French and Brazilian knowledge partners. It measures the ability of 129 national economies to produce innovative activity. There are eighty indicators covering Institutions, Human Capital and Research, Infrastructure, Market Sophistication, Knowledge and Technology Outputs, and Creative Outputs.The latest edition shows Switzerland holding the top position for the fifth year in a row and the USA rising three places to reach third place. Several Asian countries including China, South Korea, Vietnam and India have continued to make progress.

23 July 2019

The search engine educations.com, a branch of Educations Media Group, has released the results of a survey of 30,000 students from 192 countries. The report found that the most popular sources of information for current and prospective students are search engines, social media, and study abroad fairs. The preferred destination of international undergraduate and postgraduate students is the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany. It seems that university rankings are becoming less important as a source of information for students. Current undergraduate students indicated that reputation followed by ranking and teaching quality was most important for choosing a university. For prospective students, however, ranking is in third place behind teaching quality and cost of living.

18 July 2019

In the Times Higher Education(THE) University Reputation rankings There are few surprises. At the top there are six American and British universities with outstanding reputations: they are in descending order, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of California Berkeley. The rankings are based on a survey administered by Elsevier that was sent to researchers with publications in the Scopus database.

16 July 2019

Universities in Taiwan have excelled in teaching and research although in recent years they have fallen behind some of the major universities on the mainland. Recently, Global Views Monthly, a local business magazine in Taiwan, and the scientific and academic data company Elsevier announced a three-year plan to rank Taiwanese universities. There will be six criteria: Research achievement, Teaching performance, Internationalization, Academic-Industry Collaboration, Societal impact, Financial impact. Data will be drawn from the Scopus research database and from SciVal Analytics.

The results of 2019 Perspektywy University Ranking were announced in Warsaw, Poland in the presence of many rectors and deans as well as representatives of the government and the parliament. Prof. Andrzej Stanisławek, secretary of state at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education speaking at the gala said: Thanks to the improved methodology of university classification as well as individual fields of study, the ranking is an important source of information for candidates for studies. It also makes it possible to compare practically all institutions – since the ranking includes the vast majority of Polish universities. Waldemar Siwinski, president of the Perspektywy Education Foundation and initiator of education rankings in Poland, recalled the beginning of rankings (inaugurated in 2000) and emphasized the transparency of the Perspektywy University Ranking, as well as an exceptionally large number of  indicators (29) it uses.

In 2019 ranking University of Warsaw came first followed closely by Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The full ranking results are here

10 July 20

Times Higher Education (THE) has produced rankings that attempt to assess teaching and learning rather than emphasising research. The latest edition of the European rankings is dominated by British universities with Oxford in first place followed by Cambridge. Of the top 21 universities, 17 are located in the UK. The best performing non-UK university is the University of Navarra in Spain in third place.

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