The Executive Committee, elected for the term 2018-2022, met in Lisbon on 27 July. Chaired by President Luiz Claudio Costa. The executive body of IREG Observatory outlined activities the organizations will undertake in the coming years.

In the face of growing importance of university rankings, the position of IREG Observatory, the only independent international expert organization in the ranking field, becomes ever more important in maintaining a balance in the ranking ecosystem. Expectations vis-à-vis IREG Observatory are high; to meet them, IREG Observatory will need to play several roles: Be an international platform for contacts and debate for players on the ranking market; be a source of in-depth expert knowledge; a respected repository of information on rankings, and act in the interest of its member organizations.

The priorities of IREG Observatory in 2018 and 2019 will include:

  • IREG 2019 Annual Conference in Bologna (May 8-10, 2019) organized with the University of Bologna,
  • IREG-FEFU Asia-Pacific University Ranking Forum in Vladivostok (September 5-7, 2019) organized with the Far East Federal University;
  • Series of reports on the key ranking issues;
  • Multiyear IREG Data Initiative to analyze and catalogue databases and semantic definition in the area of higher education;
  • update of the IREG Inventory of National Rankings
  • New measures aimed to increase the global visibility of IREG Observatory

The Committee also approved a new approach to the IREG Ranking Audit. The new formula will be run under the name of “IREG Seal of Approval”.

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28 July 2018

The Indian government has revealed the names of six Institutions of Eminence that will be groomed to achieve world class university status. Originally it was intended to select 20 institutions that would receive “virtually full autonomy”. It is, however, possible that more will be chosen later. The objective is to get into the top 100 of the global rankings.

25 July 2018

The Ministry of Higher Education of Uzbekistan has announced the publication of a ranking of state funded higher education institutions prepared by the State Inspectorate for Quality Supervision of Education and the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education. Branch campuses of international universities were not included.

In his latest article for University World News Mr. Richard Holmes tried to answer the question how should rankings assess teaching and learning.  The author analysed different rankings and their  impact on the learning process. According to Richard Holmes, the ranking that currently does the most to assess teaching and learning is U-Multirank. The article also addressed the issue of pillars and weightings for teaching-oriented rankings. Mr. Richard Holmes comes to the conclusion that the ranking of universities for teaching and learning is still very much unmapped territory.

 

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21 July 2018āā

Times Higher Education (THE) have just published the latest edition of their Latin American University Rankings.

The methodology is based on the indicators used in THE’s world rankings with adjustments to the weightings to reflect regional priorities. The weighting for citations has been reduced from 30% to 20%, and that for doctorates per academic staff from 6% to 5%. The weightings for staff to student ratio, doctorate to bachelor’s ratio, institutional income, and research productivity have been increased.

18 July 2018

The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has just published its 2018 subject rankings. These cover 22 subjects in engineering, 14 in the social sciences, eight in the natural sciences, six in the medical sciences and four in the life sciences. There are none in the arts and humanities.

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