Moscow, 24-25 May 2012

The Russian higher education community turned its attention to internationalization and rankings late in the month of May, in the context of an international conference organized by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the National Training Foundation, in partnership with the Russian International Affairs Council and the New Eurasia Foundation. Under the theme “Rationales for Internationalization”, the conference aimed to reflect on diverse rationales for internationalization and to consider efforts currently underway in Russia and around the world with respect to policies and practice in this area. National, regional and institutional approaches to internationalization were presented and examined, as were efforts to measure and assess key outcomes of internationalization, particularly at the institutional level.

Mexico City, 17-18 May 2012

Latin American Universities and the International Rankings: Impact, Scope and Limits brought together university rectors and other officials from some 65 universities in 14 different Latin American countries, as well as representatives of four major international rankings and academic specialists from around the world to discuss a number of key issues with regard to rankings activities and the higher education context in Latin America. An important point of departure for the conversation was the historical and contemporary character of much of Latin American higher education. There is a centuries-long tradition of university education in the region, and a historically strong focus on teaching, given “the historic role of these institutions in educating students from a wide range of social backgrounds”. 

Warsaw, 15 May 2012

Perspektywy Education Foundation announced the winners of the Perspektywy University Ranking 2012. Jagiellonian University of Krakow, after two years regained the leading position. University of Warsaw was second by a very narrow margin; Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan took the third place. The Kozminski University was first among Polish private higher education institutions.

Melbourne, 11 May 2012

Where as most higher education ranking exercises are concerned with the performance of individual institutions, national higher education systems as a whole are the focus of a new ranking released today. This effort was undertaken on behalf of Universitas 21 (U21) by a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne’s Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. U21 is a 25-year-old collaborative network of nearly two-dozen research-intensive universities in 15 different countries.

Bucharest, 27 April 2012

The Eighth Bologna Process - European Higher Education Area Ministerial Conference and Third Bologna Policy Forum was convened in the Romanian capital on 26-27 April. All 47 countries participating in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) were represented at this high-level gathering, as were a broad range of stakeholder organizations and delegations from some 40 non-EHEA countries.

Taipei, 20 April 2012

IREG-6 Conference, the premier international event of the year focused on issues of rankings and academic excellence in higher education, took place in Taipei on 18-20 April 2012. Organized by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), the conference drew together some 150 delegates from across the globe to consider myriad aspects of the event’s central theme, “Academic Rankings and Advancement of Higher Education. Lessons from Asia and other Regions”.

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