23 July 2019

The search engine, a branch of Educations Media Group, has released the results of a survey of 30,000 students from 192 countries. The report found that the most popular sources of information for current and prospective students are search engines, social media, and study abroad fairs. The preferred destination of international undergraduate and postgraduate students is the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany. It seems that university rankings are becoming less important as a source of information for students. Current undergraduate students indicated that reputation followed by ranking and teaching quality was most important for choosing a university. For prospective students, however, ranking is in third place behind teaching quality and cost of living.

The report also noted that Google searches for university rankings have been declining since 2010. A press release indicated that “students are using digital tools to narrow down their list of preferred schools themselves. They are increasingly interested in social media, student stories, video content, and search engines to inform their university choice.”

Meanwhile many world-class universities have found that it is no longer enough to use rankings to recruit students and are now investing in peer-to-peer marketing.


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The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.


The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.


The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.


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