15 August 2018

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), usually known as the Shanghai Rankings, is the oldest global ranking. The methodology is straightforward, and the indicators are all derived from databases accessible to the public.

9 August 2018

The Taiwanese higher education system has been flourishing for the last few years. In the 2017 Shanghai rankings there were seven Taiwanese universities in the top 500 and 12 in the top 500 of the 2018 Round University Rankings where the National Taiwan university reached 112th place.

28 July 2018

The new edition of the Ranking Web of Universities or Webometrics has been just published. The Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain has published Webometrics ranking since 2004.

This ranking is updated twice a year and includes more universities than any other global ranking. In this year’s ranking over 28,000 universities are listed.

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”.


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.

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