28 November 2019

There has been a significant expansion in online learning over the last few years although perhaps not as much as was hoped or feared. There are now 70 million people taking MOOC (massive open online course) courses with Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. MoocLab, a site dedicated to online learning, has published the World University Rankings by MOOC Performance. It rates universities according to the number of MOOCS provided, the provision of learning pathways, micro-credentials, and degrees. In addition, there is an indicator that combines the scores for the THE and QS World University rankings and the Shanghai rankings. First place goes to Delft University of Technology followed by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The top 100 list is dominated by the United States while the UK, Australia and Asia also do well. There are 38 US universities in the top 100 and 11 British, 11 Australian, and five Chinese. The Netherlands, Canada and Hong Kong have four each and Germany, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Sweden, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Denmark and France are also represented.

The top ten universities are:

  1. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  2. University of Pennsylvania, USA
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  4. Coventry University, UK
  5. University of Michigan, USA
  6. University of Washington. USA
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), USA
  8. Deakin University, Australia
  9. Harvard University, USA
  10. University of California Berkeley.


IREG Initiatives

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.


News from IREG Members

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod listed in the global ranking of the world's best university websites Webometrics

According to the recent results of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Lobachevsky University now ranks 1383rd in the world and 67th among university websites in Eastern and Central Europe.

QS organize Reimagine Education conference on 8-10 December 2019 in London

Reimagine Education is the global conference for those interested in pedagogical innovation, cutting edge education technology, and means by which graduate employability can be nurtured.

Yeditepe University in Turkey organize the YIRCoF’19 conference

The Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresught and Futures will take place at Yeditepe University on 29-30 November, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The invited speaker are – Roberto Poli, UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems from University of Trento, Italy.

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