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.

15 September 2019

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) is produced by the Informatics Institute at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. The Institute publishes world rankings every year and has recently released field rankings. The field rankings show that US dominance of research is fading and that China has taken the lead in engineering and related subjects. Altogether US Universities hold first place for 21 fields, China for 18, the Netherlands for nine, and the UK for five. Singapore, Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia, Switzerland and Malaysia are also represented at the top of at least one discipline.

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.

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