21 January 2019

An article in the Japan Times by Takamitsu Sawa, a Professor at Shiga University, points out that Japanese universities have declined in the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings relative to those in China. The article notes that Chinese universities have continued to rise in these rankings while those in Japan have performed less well. This is despite the Prime Minister’s declaration in 2013 that there would be ten Japanese universities in the top 100 within ten years.It appears unlikely that this target will be achieved since leading Japanese universities have been slipping since 2013.

17 January 2019

Global university rankings are often used to make comparisons between countries as well between universities. The recent publication of the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Rankings has given rise to further discussion about the tertiary education systems of China and India.

14 January 2019

In recent years universities in London, especially University College (UCL), Imperial college (ICL), and the London School of Economics (LSE), have begun to challenge Oxford and Cambridge at the top of the global rankings. The magazine Cosmopolitan has presented further evidence of the rise of London. Drawing on evidence from Onward, a conservative think tank, they have presented the top universities in the UK for graduate salaries. First place goes to LSE whose graduates have an average salary of £45,849 five years after graduation followed by ICL with an average salary of £39,374.

09 January 2019

An analysis by Anita Makri in Nature shows that the global output of research rose by about 5% last year. Overall there is a continuing shift from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan to Asia, especially to China, and emerging countries in the Middle East and Latin America. The USA still holds first place research output ahead of Mainland China although its lead is steadily shrinking.

04 January 2019

Times Higher Education (THE) announced last year that it was developing a new global ranking based on the Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations. Most international university rankings have focussed on research and sometimes on metrics that might be relevant to the quality of teaching and learning. Recently, however, there has been much debate about exploring university missions other than research and teaching. The UI GreenMetric University Rankings, published by Universitas Indonesia, assess the commitment of universities to supporting environmental sustainability. The new Moscow International University Ranking includes measures of interaction with society such as online courses and social media activity.

Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence will be a distinguished speaker at the THE Conference Building university impact through resilience and innovation to be held in Doha, Qatar, 16-17 January 2019. Among the speakers will be also rectors of universities that are members of IREG Observatory; Hassan Al - Derham, President of Qatar University (the host of the THE conference), Mikhail Strikhanov, Rector of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and Konstantin Miniar-Beloruchev, Vice-rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

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