28 November 2018

The 5 Top 100 programme was launched in 2012 and aspired to place five Russian universities in the top 100 of the global rankings. At present 21 institutions are involved in the project.

23 November 2018

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) is published by the Informatics Institute of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. It now includes 2,500 institutions in the world rankings and publishes 41 subject rankings. The current list is headed by Harvard University which is also in first place for all the indicators. There are three British universities in the top ten, Oxford, University College London, and Cambridge, and one Canadian, the University of Toronto.

23 November 2018

The number of national and regional rankings continues to increase. The Ministry of Education in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan has just published a ranking of public and private universities. The best performer based on the primary criteria was the University of Kurdistan-Hewler (UKH) in Erbil which was in first place for six primary criteria, second for student satisfaction and third for employability. The public university was founded in 2006 and is an English medium institution that follows British curricula.

16 November 2018

TOP 500 is a list of the world’s 500 most powerful computer systems. It has been published twice a year since 1993. Systems are ranked by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark. However, any system created specifically to compete in the rankings is not considered.

The top supercomputer system is Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) followed by Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), both in the United States. There are another three US Department of Energy supercomputers in the top ten. Third place goes to the Sunway TaihuLight system, at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi. Tianhe-2A (Milky Way-2A), at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China is fourth and Piz Daint, at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano is fifth.

Tia Loukkola, Director for the Institutional Development at EUA, in a critical yet well balanced article The making of university rankings – Has anything changed? points out that while the number of rankings has been growing “rankings continue to judge universities largely, if not solely, on research criteria. Educational or societal missions continue to be ignored. Even in cases in which there are criteria for mapping teaching perform.” The author recognizes IREG Observatory call for the transparency of ranking methodologies and its efforts to make rankings more professional.

08 November 2018

International rankings have become an important element in the marketing strategies of English-speaking universities such as the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. A recent research report indicates that this is especially true of Australia. According to an article in PIE (Professionals in International Education) News the Australian consulting firm Studymove has found that there is a correlation between the fees charged by Australian universities and their position in the QS world university rankings.

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