During the meeting of the International Council of Lobachevsky University held at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels (Belgium) on September 28-29, Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory and a Member of the International Council presented Professor Evgeny Chuprunov, Rector of Lobachevsky University with the Diploma confirming that the Lobachavsky University of Nizhny Novgorod is now a full member of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence.

29 September 2018

There have been no dramatic changes in the overall Times Higher Education (THE) World University but there are some newcomers and some less well-known universities such as Babol Noshirvani University of Technology and the University of Reykjavik have done remarkably well in the citations indicator. In addition, Chinese universities have continued to improve, and Tsinghua University is now the top institution in Asia. Meanwhile the merger of French universities into larger entities is bearing fruit, with Paris Sciences et Lettres and Sorbonne University doing very well.

25 September 2018

Nature Index is a ranking based on a database of papers in scientific journals with the greatest global impact. It is updated every six months and several supplements are issued each year. The Rising Stars supplement identifies researchers and institutions that have improved most. The indicator is the change in the fractional count between 2015 and 2017 of papers published in the selective list.The list is dominated by China, which holds nine of the top ten places and 79 of the top 200.  The combined Indian Institutes of Technology are seventh.

21 September 2018

Alex Hayman, Managing Director of Which?University, has published an article in wonkHE about UK universities misusing the results of rankings in their advertising. He refers to six cases: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Aston University, the University of Aberdeen, Newcastle University, Ulster University, and the University of the West of Scotland.The universities have responded differently. Heriot-Watt has stood by its claim that it is “one of the world’s leading universities for pioneering research informed by the needs of business and industry” and Ulster University insists that it is in the top 3% of the world’s universities, based on a total 26,000 universities in the world.

The IREG president, Prof. Luiz Claudio Costa was appointed first emeritus member of the RANKINTACS NETWORK - Brazilian Network of Research in Rankings, Indexes and Tables Classificatory in Higher Education*. The ceremony took place during the REDE RANKINTACS 2nd Seminar, held on  August 23rd, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Campinas. Luiz Costa gave a lecture entitled "Academic Rankings in Higher Education: Trends and Perspectives" in which he highlighted the university rankings importance as another source of information available to university governance, as well as potential tool for improving institutions’ quality.

18 September 2017

An article by Jonathon Wai in The Conversation asks what is really measured by university rankings. The article focuses on America’s Best Colleges, published by US News, and the indicators that use scores in the SAT or ACT, standardised tests taken by applicants to most American colleges. His discussion is based on a paper in the Journal of Intelligence that he co-authored with Matt I. Brown and Christopher F. Chabris.

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