Venue: Hotel Novotel Warszawa Centrum

Marszałkowska no. 94/98

Warsaw, 16-17 May 2013

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Whole day Arrival of participants

15.00 - 18.00 IREG Observatory Executive Committee (closed meeting)
19.30 - 21.30 Welcome Reception (Location: Hotel Novotel Warszawa Centrum) information

Thursday, 16 May 2013

8.30 - 9.00    Registration

9.00 – 10.00    Opening Session

Welcome and opening remarks from:

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

Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory

Keynote speech:


Michał Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN):

Quest for good data and quality information: Imperative for good policy and functioning of higher education

10.00 – 11.30    First Session: Methodological Challenges in Conducting University Rankings and Institutional Classifications


Chair:  Andrea Bonaccorsi, University of Pisa, Member of the Board of the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR), Italy


Wu Yan, Center for World-Class Universities, Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China:

Global Research University Profiles: Case study of interactive ranking platform of the Academic Ranking of World-class Universities (ARWU)

Bob Morse, Director of Data Research, US News & World Report, USA:

How to secure reliable data 

Ben Sowter, Head of Division, QS Intelligence Unit, Great Britain:

A refined approach to global university rankings by discipline 

Isidro F. Aguillo, Head, Cybermetrics Lab, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain:
Combining Webometric and bibliometric information: Web Ranking methodology under scrutiny 


11.30 - 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00 - 13.30 Second Session: New Rankings and New Methodological Approaches


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


Gero Federkeil, Vice-President of IREG Observatory; Manager in charge of Rankings, Center for Higher Education, Germany:

U-Multirank: From testing to practicing of international multi-dimensional methodology

Lubov Zavarikina, the National Training Foundation, Russia:

Key aspects and methodology for university ranking in Russia (as developed by the National Training Foundation)

Philippe Vidal, Professor, and Ghislaine Filliatreau, Director, OST - Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, France:

Positional impact of reputational surveys in global university rankings

Sabine RighettiRogeiro MeneghiniHelio Szhwartsman, Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil:
Brazil’s first university ranking: A closer look at RUF (Folha’s University Ranking), its methodology and its results



13.30 - 15.00 Lunch

15.00 - 16.30 Third Session: How University Ranking Relates to Other Approaches for Quality Assurance and Sources of Information 


Chair: Nian Cai Liu, Vice-President, IREG Observatory; Director, World-Class Universities Study Centre, Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China



Benoit Millot, Lead Education Economist, The World Bank, Washington:
Ranking universities versus benchmarking tertiary education systems: Why different methodologies lead to similar results?

Fatih Omruuzun, Graduate School of Informatics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey:
Usability and interface design evaluation of major gateways to science literature: Scopus and Web of  Knowledge


Serban Agachi, Professor, Babes-Bolyai University; President of the Association of Carpathian Region Universities (ACRU), Romania:
Procedures and experience in verification of data on higher education institutions in Romania


Michaela Saisana, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Italy:

Quality criteria for data aggregation used in academic rankings



16.30 - 16.45 Coffee Break

16.45 - 18.15 Fourth Session: New Look at Policies, Methodologies and Practices of University Rankings


Chair: Klaus Hüfner, IREG Audit Coordinator, Germany


Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates, Canada:
New approaches to ranking research output: The experience of HESA's Measuring Academic Research in Canada project

Jocelyne Gacel Avila, Researcher and General Director for Internationalization at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico:
The global rankings debate in Latin American higher education: A critical approach

Maja Jokic, Kresimir Zauder and Marina Matesić, Institute for Social Research, Croatia:
The importance of national ranking of universities and research institutions: Experience of “small” countries  

Niko HykaAvni MeshiEdmond Mino, Public Accreditation Agency for Higher Education; and Dafina Xhako, Departament of Engineering Sciences,University "Aleksander Moisiu", Durres, Albania:
Improving the ranking model of the Albanian higher education institutions


19:30-21:30 Conference Gala Dinner 
Venue: Centralna Biblioteka Rolnicza (Agricultural Library)information, Krakowskie Przedmiescie 66

Friday, 17 May 2013

9.30 - 11.20 Fifth Session: Ranking Methodologies: Universities’ Experience and Expectations  


During these session panelists representing leading universities will reflect and comment on set of pertinent issues related to university rankings such as;

- which and why university rankings are relevant for your university;
- what is your experience with ranking organizations [prior and after ranking is produced];
- what suggestions do you have for the ranking organizations to improve methodology and presentation of rankings;
- does (if yes in which way) university rankings has influence on governance and administration of your university. 

Chair: Wojciech Bieńkowski, Professor, Lazarski University, Poland

Speakers - representatives of universities (Members of IREG Observatory):

Sergey Tunik – Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
Stanisław Kistryn – Jagiellonian University, Poland

Lars Uhlin - Lund University, Sweden

Mukhambetkali (Mukash) Burkitbayev - Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan

Anne Marie Cassidy - University of Navarra, Spain

11.20 - 11.50 Coffee Break

11.50 - 13.00 Special Session and IREG Audit


Chair: Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates, Canada

Lisa Colledge, Director Snowball Metrics Initiative, Elsevier, the Netherlands:
Snowball Metrics: A new method of benchmarking of research-related activities


Klaus Hüfner, Coordinator of IREG Ranking Audit, Germany and Carla Cauwenberghe, the

Dutch Inspectorate for Education, the Netherlands, Auditor of IREG Ranking Audit

 IREG Ranking Audit: First observations and lessons learnt


13.00 - 13.30 Closing Session and Final Discussion 


Chair: Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory

Also a presentation by host organization: QS Quacquarelli Symonds of IREG-7 Conference: Employability and Academic Rankings – Reflections and Impacts, 14-16 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

13.30 - 14.30 Farewell lunch

14.30 - 16.00 IREG Observatory General Assembly (closed session)

Optional post-conference events and sightseeing

Members area

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