IREG-6 Conference:
The Academic Rankings and Advancement of Higher Education
- Lessons from Asia and Other Regions

Organized by:

IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence

Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan in collaboration with/support of:

Ministry of Education, Taiwan

National Academy for Educational Research, Taiwan

Taipei, 18-20 April, 2012

Conference venue:  Howard International House, Taipei

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Whole day  Arrival of participants

14:30 - 18:00    Meeting of Executive Committee of IREG Observatory (closed session)

 Venue: Room 901, Taipei Branch, National Academy for Educational Research

Address: 9 Floor, No.179, Sec. 1, Heping East Road, Taipei City 106, Taiwan

18:30 - 20:30    Welcome Reception 

Venue: B1 Dining Room, Howard International House Address: B1, No. 30, Sec. 3, Xin-Sheng South Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Pre-conference workshop:
Using Data in Research Excellence and Institutional Strategic Plan

Venue: Conference Hall, Taipei Branch, National Academy for Educational Research
(Address: 10 Floor, No.179, Sec. 1, Heping East Road, Taipei City 106, Taiwan) 

9:30 – 9:40     Welcome and Introduction

Chair:    George Jiang, President of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditaion Council of Taiwan. (HEEACT)

9:40 - 10:30   

First Morning Session: Compare the Research Database and good Use to Enhance Institutional Strenght in Research.

Ming-Yueh Tsay, Professor, Graduate Institute of Library, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00 

Second Morning Session: Supporting the Research Lifecycle – How Data and Tools Can Improve Discovery, Collaboration and Evaluation.

Janet Chiew, SciVal Consultant, APAC, ElsevierVirginia Chiu, Product Sales Manager, Taiwan, Elsevier

12:00 - 13:20 Lunch

13:20 - 14:20 

Afternoon session: Methods and Examples of Applying Data to Different Levels’ Research Excellence

Nobuko Miyairi, Principal Consultant, Thomson Reuters

Chang Han-wen, Information Analyst

14:20-15:20  

Group Discussion: Research Database Case Study and Practice
The participants will be divided into three groups presenting different views: national level, regional level, and institutional level.

15:20-15:50

Group Reporting: Shanring Your Case Study and Practice Outcomes

Group reporting to be followed by questions and comments.

15:50-16:20 

Concluding Session: What Have We Learned: Challenges and Future Directions

Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert, former World Bank Tertiary Education Coordinator

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Venue: International Conference Hall, Howard International House, Address: 1 Floor, No. 30, Sec. 3, Xin-Sheng South Road, Taipei, Taiwan 

8:00 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:30 

Opening Session

   
 

Chair:    Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory

Welcome from:

Wei-Ling , Minister Chiang, Ministry of Education

Jei-Cheng Cheng, Chairman of Board, Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT)

Ching-Shan Wu, President of National Academy for Educational Research

9:30 - 11:00 

First Session: Rise of Higher Education in Asia: Competition and Cooperation

   
  Chair: George Jiang, President of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT)

Keynote address: Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert, former World Bank Tertiary Education Coordinator

Comments from:
Laura Rumbley, Boston College Center for International Higher Education, Boston, USA

11:00 - 11:30    Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

Second Session: New Initiatives and Developments in Academic Rankings    

   
 

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

Judit Fodor, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
Higher Education Ranking in Hungary – The UnivPress Ranking

Daniel Vertesy, Unit of Econometrics and Applied Statistics, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), the European Commission-Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
University Systems: Beyond League Tables

Sonja Berghoff and Gero Federkeil, CHE-Center for Higher Education, Germany
Bringing the Students‘ Perspective into Rankings: The Use of Student Survey Data in National and International Rankings

Ben Sowter, Head of Division, QS Intelligence Unit, London, United Kingdom
Drilling down - Subjects, Regions and Cities: An Overview of Methodologies and Highlights of Recent Rankings Compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit

12:30 - 13:30    Lunch

13:30 - 15:00   Third Session: Experience in Academic Rankings Development  in Asia

   
 

Chair: Thomas D. Parker, Senior Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Washington D.C., USA  

Sheng-Ju Chan, Graduate Institute of Education, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Enhancing Global Competitiveness: University Ranking Movement in Asia

Zia Batool, Director General-Quality Assurance and Statistics, Higher Education Commission Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan

The Academic Ranking and Advancement of Higher Education: A Pakistani Experience

Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan

Rankings and Information on Japanese Universities

Juan Wen Cai and Ying Cheng, Center for World-Class Universities, Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Ranking of Top Universities in Greater China

Weijun Wang, Professor, Research Center for China Science Evaluation, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

2011 Multi-indicator Analysis of Competitiveness of World-class Universities and Research Institutions

 

15:00 - 16:15 Fourth Session: Methodological Challenges for Academic Rankings

   
 

Chair: John Molony, Vice-President for Strategic Planning & Marketing, QS Quacquarelli Symonds, London, United Kingdom

Proulx Roland, University of Montreal, Canada
Using World University Ranking Systems to Inform and Guide Strategic Policy and Decision Making How to Benchmark Rather Than Rank Performance with Application to Canadian Research Universities

Daniel Sotelsek and Johanna Arias, University of Alcala, Spain
Quality of Management Evaluation Through University Rankings

Christian Hemmestad Bjerke, University of Bergen, Norway, and Daniel J. Guhr, Managing Director, The Illuminate Consulting Group, San Carlos, CA, USA
A View on Existing Rankings and the Introduction of U-Multirank in the Light of Students as Key Rankings Stakeholders

Ying Cheng and Yan Wu, Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
Indicators for Customized Ranking of World-class Universities

16:00 - 16:30    Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30  Fifth Session: Institutional Responses towards Academic Rankings

   
 

Chair: Ghislaine Filliatreau, Director of OST - Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris, France

Institutional case studies from:

Hwung-Hweng Hwung, President, of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
National Cheng Kung University: How NCKU Uses Ranking as a Benchmarking Tool to Promote Its Internal Quality and International Visibility

Galim Mutanov, Rector and Mukash Burkitbayev, First-Vice-rector, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
al-Farabi Kazakh National University: Transformation Towards New Positioning in nternational Rankings

Lucka Lorber, Vice-rector for Quality Development and Marko Marhl, Expert for Quality Development, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
University of Maribor and the European Initiatives of Rankings

Riri Fitri Sari, Head of Information System Development & Services/Chairperson of UI GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities, Depok, Indonesia
University of Indonesia: Methodology and Evaluation of Green and Sustainable Campus Indicators for World University Ranking

17:30 - 18:30 Six Session: The Impact of Academic Rankings: Institutional and Governmental Perspectives

   
 

Chair: Ru-Jr Wang, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, National Academy for Educational Research, Taiwan

Sergiy Kurbatov and Andriy Kashyn
University Ranking as Innovative Educational Technology: Case of Ukraine

Nello Angerilli, PVC Student Services and International, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and Daniel J. Guhr, Managing Director, The Illuminate Consulting Group, San Carlos, CA, USA
Institutional Perspectives on the Strategic Impact of Rankings – Implications from a Case Study of the University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

Aida Sagintayeva and Kairat Kurakbayev, Centre for Educational Policy, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

The Impact of Academic Rankings on Governmental Policy in Kazakhstan: Challenges and Prospects

19:30 - 21:30 Conference Gala Diner and Taiwanese cultural performances

Location: The Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei  

Friday, 20 April 2012

9:00 - 10:30 Seventh Session: Quality and Rankings in Higher Education: Mutual Reinforcement -Keynote speech and Panel Discussion

   
  Chair: Waldemar Siwiński, Vice-President of IREG-Observatory; President of Perspektywy Education Foundation, Poland

Keynote speech: Global University Rankings: More Diverse and More Transparent but Old Flaws are Alive
Andrejs Rauhvargers, Professor, Senior Advisor, EUA - European University Association, Brussels

Panel:

  • Luiz Claudio Costa, President of the National Institute of Studies and Educational Research Ansio Teixeira, Brazil   
  • Sadiq Sait Mohammed, Director of Information Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  • Jagannath Patil, Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN); National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore, India
  • Angela Yung-chi Hou, Dean of Office of Research & Development, Higher Education
    Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), Taipei, Taiwan; Fu Jen Catholic University

10:30 - 11:00    Coffee break

11:00 - 13:00  Eight Session: Improving Rankings - Responsibility and Challenges

   
 

Chair: Klaus Hüfner, IREG Audit Coordinator; Professor Emeritus, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Richard Holmes, Associate Professor, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Are Ranking Changes Real Changes?

Chang Han-wen, Information Analyst , Thomson Reuters
An Investment in Quality: Understanding Your Institution's Research Capabilities

Euiho Suh
, Chair, University Evaluation & Management Committee and Professor of Industrial and Management Engineering, POSTECH, Republic of Korea
Myths of Peer Review and Facts
 
Gero Federkeil, Vice-President of IREG-Observatory; CHE-Center for Higher Education, Germany 
IREG Ranking Audit Initiative – Setting the Standards for Greater Reliability

13:00 – 14:00 Final Session: Presentations, Discussion and Closing of the Conference

   
 

Chair: Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory

 

Presentations from Elsevier and Thomson Reuters (subject to confirmation)

Afternoon:

Optional tourist program: Sightseeing and Cultural Events (Hot Spring Tour/ Night Market Tour/ Northern Coast Tour)

14:15 - 16:15    General Assembly of IREG Observatory (closed session)

Venue: International Conference Hall, Howard International House, Address: No. 30, Sec. 3, Xin-Sheng South Road, Taipei, Taiwan 

16:15 - 16:30    Coffee break

16:30 - 18:30    Meeting of the Executive Committee of IREG Observatory (closed session followed by dinner at 19:00)

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Whole day: Optional tourist program and departure of participants

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