IREG-5 Conference
The Academic Rankings: From Popularity to Reliability and Relevance

organized by:
IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence
CHE-Centre for Educational Development, Gutersloh


With support of:
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Berlin, 6-8 October 2010

Conference venue (all sessions): Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science

(Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften),

Jägerstraße 22/23


Wednesday, 6 October

Whole day

Arrival of participants

16.00 – 18.00


Meeting of the Executive Committee of IREG Observatory [closed session]
Venue: artotel Berlin Mitte, Wallstr. 70-73

19.30 – 22.00


Welcome Reception
Location: Karlsson Berlin, Taubenstr. 30

Thursday, 7 October

8.30 – 9.30 Registration
9.30 – 10.00 Opening Session: Welcome and Introduction

  • Peter Greisler, Ministerial Counselor, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany;
  • Frank Ziegele, Director of CHE, Germany
  • Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory

10.00 – 12:30 First Session: New Developments in National and International Rankings

Chair: Frank Ziegele, Director of CHE

  • Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategies Associates, Toronto, Canada:

Let the Sun Shine In: The Use of Academic Rankings in Developing Countries

  • Peter Okebukola, Chairman of Council, Osun State University, and former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Nigeria:

Trends in Academic Rankings in the Nigerian University System

  • Luis Piscoya, Professor at San Marcos University of Lima, Peru:

Rankings in Peru in Context of Recent Developments in Higher Education in the Latin America

  • Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator, the World Bank, Washington D.C. , USA:

A New Approach for Measuring the Performance of Tertiary Education Systems

  • Waldemar Siwiński, Vice-President of IREG-Observatory, President of Perspektywy Education Foundation, Warsaw, Poland:

Building a Bridge between the National and International Rankings

12:30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Second Session: Regional Classification and Rankings Initiatives

Chair: Liu Nian Cai, Vice-President of IREG-Observatory, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

  • Adnan El-Amine, Lebanese Association for Educational Studies, and Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Institute of International Education (IIE), New York, USA:
    Classifying Higher Education Institutions in the MENA Region [Middle East and North Africa]: A Pilot Study
  • Diane Lalancette, Analyst, OECD Directorate for Education, Paris, France:
    Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes: a groundbreaking initiative to assess quality in higher education on an international scale

New Ranking Initiatives from Europe:

  • Gero Federkeil, Vice-President IREG Observatory and Frans Kaiser, Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), CHERPA-Network, Germany/ the Netherlands:
    Developing and Testing the Feasibility of a Multi-dimensional Global University Ranking – the U-Multirank Project
  • Marko Marhl, Vice-Rector of the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and Attila Pausits, Head of the Centre for University Continuing Education and Educational Management, the Danube University Krems, Austria:
    Third Mission Indicators for New Ranking Methodologies - the E3M Project

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 – 19:00 Third Session: New Developments in Rankings

Chair: Seeram Ramakrishna, Professor and Vice-President (Research Strategy), National University of Singapore

  • Martial Guiette, President and Director General, Group SMBG Eduniversal, Paris, France:
    Eduniversal Rankings of Business Schools
  • Bob Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News, Washington DC, USA:
    An Inside Look into the U.S. News and other Media MBA Rankings
  • Peter Lindstrom, University St. Gallen/The Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools ( AACSB):
    The Ranking Dilemma: AACSB Position on Business School Rankings
  • Robert Tijssen, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University, the Netherlands:
    Rankings of universities according to university-industry research cooperation
  • David Bovelet, Project Manager; Jürgen Güdler, Head of Division “Information Management”, and Miriam Henseler, Science Officer, German Science Foundation (DFG), Bonn, Germany:
    The DFG Funding Ranking and its Contribution to an International Monitoring of University, Industry, and Government Cooperation Activities

20.00 Conference Gala Diner
Location: Theodor Tucher am Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz 6 a

Awarding of the Honorary Membership of IREG to Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, USA, and Detlef Müller-Böling, former Director of CHE, Germany

Laudatio presented by Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory, Vice-Rector of the Warsaw School of Social Psychology and Humanities/SWPS, Poland and Liu Nian Cai, Vice-President of IREG Observatory, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Friday, 8 October

9.00 – 12.00 Fourth Session: New Developments in Rankings - New Approaches and Methods

Chair: Michelle Cooper, President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington D.C., USA

  • Phil Baty, Deputy Editor, Times Higher Education, London, United Kingdom, and Simon Pratt, Project Manager, Thomson Reuters, US:
    The New Times Higher World University Rankings
  • Angela Yung-chi Hou, Director of International Exchange, Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT):
    Development of “Self-directed” College Ranking and the Impact on Taiwan Higher Education
  • Rafał Siepak, Maciej Bogaczyk, Antoine Lepretre, Students Vox, Poland/France:
    “Students Vox” – A student initiative ranking

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break

  • Elke Luetkemeier, Coordinator Research Rating, German Council of Science and Humanities, Cologne, Germany:
    A Rating of Research Performance of German Universities
  • Ying Cheng, Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China:
    To Better Measure Social Sciences Performance: A Review of Existing Ranking Indicators

11.30 - 13.30 Fifth Session: IREG Ranking Audit – Presentation and Discussion

Chair: Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategies Associates, Toronto, Canada

13.30 - 14.00 Final Session: Discussion and closing of the conference

Chair: Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory

14.00 - 15.00 Farewell lunch
Afternoon Sightseeing [optional], departure of participants

15.00 – 16.30 General Assembly of IREG Observatory [closed session]
16.30 – 17.30 Meeting of the Executive Committee of IREG Observatory [closed session]

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