IREG-4 Conference

International and National Academic Ranking:
Commonalities and Differences

organized by:

IREG/International Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

in collaboration with UNESCO-CEPES

 

Saturday, 13 June

9:30-14:00
Special Workshop: Introduction to Academic Rankings for the Rectors of Universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Location: Hotel "Diplomat", Astana, 29/1 Tauelsyzdyk Street, Baiterek Hall (2nd floor)
Chair:    Serik Omirbayev, Director, Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Farhad Kuanganov, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan:
    Welcoming Remarks
  • Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator, Human Development Network, The World Bank:
    International Tendencies in Accountability in Higher Education
  • Gero Federkeil, Manager in Charge of Rankings, CHE-Centre for Educational Development, Germany:
    Multi-dimensional Rankings and Its Advantages
  • Liu Nian Cai, Director, Center for World-Class Universities and Dean of Graduate School of Education, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China:
    Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): Purpose and  Methodology
  • Waldemar Siwiński, President, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Poland:
    The Influence of Perspektywy Ranking on the Development of Higher Education System in Poland

11:00-11:30

Coffee-break, Baiterek Hall

14:00-15:30

Lunch for Rectors and Speakers
Location: 29 Tauelsyzdyk Street, Hotel "Diplomat", "Famous" coffee house

Whole day

Arrival of Members of the Executive Committee of IREG/International Observatory and Invited Speakers

 

19:00-21:00

Dinner for Members of the Executive Committee of IREG/International Observatory and Invited Speakers
Location: Restaurant “Capital”, Nursaya 1, Wate-Green Boulevard

 

 Sunday, 14 June

 

Whole day

Arrival and registration of participants in Hotel “Diplomat” or Hotel “Duman”

9:30-13:30

1st meeting of the Executive Committee of IREG/International Observatory [closed session]
Location: Hotel "Diplomat", Conference Room "Astana"

14:00-15:30

Lunch for Members of the Executive Committee of IREG/International Observatory
Location: Hotel “Diplomat”, Room "Almaty"

19:00-21:00

Welcome Reception for all participants
Location: Hotel “Diplomat”

 

Monday, 15 June


8:00-9:00

Registration of participants (late arrivals)

9:00- 9:30

Opening Session: Welcoming Remarks

Chair:    Farhad Kuanganov, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Zhanseit Tuimebayev, Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Jan Sadlak, Director, UNESCO-CEPES; Chairperson of IREG/International Observatory

(each presentation will be given some 15 minutes followed by general discussion)

9:30 – 11:15

First Session: Policy Context and International Developments in Academic Ranking
(each presentation will be given some 15 minutes followed by general discussion)

Chair:    Liu Nian Cai, Director, Center for World-Class Universities and Dean of Graduate School of Education, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China

Speakers:   

  • Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator, Human Development Network,
    The World Bank:
    Tertiary Education Coordinator – Emergence of Rankings of Higher Education Systems
  • Peer Eider, Lisbon Council, Brussels:
    The Lisbon Council University Systems Ranking: Measuring the Contribution of Tertiary Education Beyond Research
  • Claude Sauvageot, Division of Evaluation and Foresight, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France, and Gero Federkeil, Manager in Charge of Rankings, CHE-Centre for Educational Development, Germany:
    Mapping, Ranking and Typology of Higher Education Institutions: the European Approach
  • Stefaan Hermans, Head of Unit, Universities and Researchers, DG Research, European Commission, Belgium:
    Sustainable Data Collection as the Basis for Classification and Ranking – New perspectives – New Initiatives

11:15-11:30

Coffee-break                

11:30-14:00

Second Session: New National Initiatives in Academic Rankings and Their Policy Background

Chair: Michelle Asha Cooper, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy, USA

Speakers:

  • Luis Adolfo Piscoya Hermoza, Member of the National Education Council of Peru:
    University Ranking in Peru: A Rigors Performance Analysis and Its Outcomes
  • Olessia Linevitskaya and Natalia Pankratova, National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", Ukraine:
    TOP 200 Ukraine – Third University Ranking

  • Waldemar Siwiński, President, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Poland:
    „Perspektywy Ranking 2008”- Updated Methodological Approach

Discussant:

  • Robert J. Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report, USA

14:00-15:00

Lunch

Location: Hotel “Diplomat”


15:00:-18:30

Third Session: New National Initiatives in Academic Rankings and Their Policy Background (continuation)

Chair:    Klaus Hüfner, Chairperson of the Advisory Board of UNESCO-CEPES, Germany

Speakers:

  • Yung-chi Hou (Angela), Director of International Exchange, Higher Education Evaluation Council of Taiwan & Professor of Fu Jen Catholic University, China-tw:
    New Personalized Ranking of the Taiwanese Universities
  • Nova Jayne Heath, Constable  & Robinson Publishers, United Kingdom:
    Complete University Guide and Its Interactivity and Accessibility
  • Natalya Kryvulina, Project Manager, System Capital Management, Ukraine:
    “Your University Compass” Project – Ranking of Ukrainian Higher Education Institutions
  • Richard Vedder, Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Ohio University, USA:
    The Forbes Rankings and Beyond: The Future of Rankings in the United States

Discussant:

  • Ferdinand Devinsky, President, Slovak Academic Ranking and Rating Agency (ARRA), Slovak Republic 

19:30-21:30

Dinner  hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Location: Restaurant "Orda", Nursaya 1, Water-Green Boulevard

 

Tuesday, 16 June

   

9:00-11:15

Fourth Session: Approaches and Means for Measurement of Academic Productivity in the Context of Developing Comparable Transnational Data for Ranking

Chair:  Marko Marhl, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Speakers:

  • Koenraad Debackere, Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium:
    Bibliometric and the ‘Multi-dimensionality’ of Research Activity: Implications for University Ranking
  • Jeffrey Clovis, Senior Director, Research Evaluation and Bibliometric Data, Thomson Reuters:
    Assessing Faculty Productivity and Institutional Research Performance: Using Publication and Citation Key Performance Indicators
  • Robert Reisz, Institute for Research on Higher Education, Martin-Luther University,Germany:
    Soft and Hard Data and Definitions for University Ranking
  • Yukum Harsono, Vice President Product Marketing, Elsevier, the Netherlands:
    How Can "Research Leadership" be Measured – The View of the Scientific Publisher

Discussant: 

  • Paul Serban Agachi, President of the Academic Council, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

11:15-11:30  Coffee-break

11:30-13:30

Final Session: Conclusions and Agenda for the Future

Chair:  Jan Sadlak, Director, UNESCO-CEPES, Romania

Speakers:

  • Ying Cheng, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China:
    International and National Academic Rankings: Commonalities and Differences in Ranking Indicators
  • Andrea Saltelli, Head of the Unit of Econometric and Applied Statistics Unit of the European Commission at the Joint Research Centre, Italy:
    Robustness Issues and Critical assesment: How Much Confidence Can We Have in Higher Education Rankings?
  • Robin van Ijperen, Policy Officer, Higher Education, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission, Belgium:
    Towards a Multi-dimensional Ranking: The View of the European Commission on Transparency in Missions and Performances of Higher Education Institution
  • Robert J. Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report, USA:
    Why Academic Rankers Should Not Stop Publishing New Rankings until the Financial and Economic Crisis Ends
Discussants views from previous sessions reflecting on major developments, policy implications, and recommendations for IREG and its Members

14:00-15:00

Lunch

Location: Hotel “Diplomat”, "Famous" coffee house

Afternoon:    Optional sightseeing program: Bus tour of Astana

16:00-18:30 2nd meeting of the Executive Committee of IREG/International Observatory (closed session)

19:30-22:00 Gala Dinner hosted by Zhanseit Tuimebayev, Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan,
Location: 29/1 Tauelsyzdyk Street, Hotel "Diplomat", Baiterek Hall

Guest Speaker:     

Dewayne Matthews, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, LuminaFoundation, USA:
Regulation versus Institutional Autonomy: Is Transparency a Third Way for Higher Education?

 

Wednesday, 17 June

   

Departure of participants or optional tourist programme 


General Message to Authors of Papers NOT included in the current version of the Programme:

The programme of IREG-4 Conference has been established as a result of consultations between the members of the Executive Committee of IREG/International Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. The main consideration in selecting papers and speakers was relevance to a main topic of the particular session. No less important that some time would be reserved for questions and discussion. At this stage what the organizers can offer to authors of papers not included in the programme is that such papers will be made available to participants of the conference and that abstracts of such papers are going to be presented on the website of the conference. Some of these papers might also be taken into consideration for publication in the volume reflecting the papers and discussions of IREG-4.

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