In November IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence has added two new members:

We welcome the new members from France and Portugal who, we are sure, will enrich IREG Observatory through their unique experience and will bring new ideas.

15 November 2019

In the last few years there have been several attempts to move beyond the ranking of universities by research output and impact. Octopus Ventures, a venture capital investment group, has produced a ranking of British universities according to their ability to produce research-based innovation. The Entrepreneurial Impact Ranking analyses the spinout companies created by UK universities. Data is derived from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and uses information about total funding, total spinouts, total disclosures, total patents and total sales from spinouts, per university.

Universities that do well in conventional research rankings such as Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London can be found at the top of the ranking while the bottom includes places such as the University of Bolton and the University of Bedfordshire that have little standing in national and global rankings.

However, a number of universities that are not known for research quality perform well. The University of Ulster, the University of South Wales and Strathclyde University are all included in the top twenty and the first place is held by Queen’s University Belfast.

The top ten universities are:

  1. Queen’s University Belfast
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. Cardiff University
  4. Queen Mary University of London
  5. University of Leeds
  6. University of Dundee
  7. University of Nottingham
  8. King’s College London
  9. University of Oxford
  10. Imperial College London.

octopus ventures: Research to Riches

12 November 2019

US business schools are facing a difficult time with growing competition from abroad and online courses and the need to adapt to changing demands of students and employers. Even so, US schools continue to dominate the world rankings of top business education programmes. The latest edition of the Economist’s ranking of full time MBA programmes is headed by the Chicago Booth School of Business followed by Harvard Business School. The ranking is dominated by the English-speaking countries and Western Europe.

06 November 2019

In recent years, Malaysian universities have reported some success in global and regional rankings. Leading national institutions such as Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia have performed well in the QS rankings while a private university, Universiti Tunku Abbul Rahman (UTAR), has achieved a remarkable score for research impact in the THE rankings. Malaysia has, however, done less well in other rankings and Universitas 21 has noted a disturbing gap between the country’s resources and its educational outputs.

31 October 2019

QS has published the 2020 edition of its India University Rankings. The upper level is dominated, as expected, by the Indian Institutes of Technology which take seven out of the top ten places. The methodology is based on that of the World University Rankings but with modifications to suit national priorities. There are three additional indicators, Staff with PhD, Papers per Faculty, and Citations per Paper. The weighting for the Academic Survey has been reduced and that for the Employer Survey increased. Citations per Faculty has been dropped and the weightings for International Students and International Faculty have been reduced.

28 October 2019

Reuter’s have announced the World ‘s Innovative Universities. This ranking measures the contribution of universities to technology through patents and articles.  It shows that some of the world’s most prestigious institutions are falling behind. Yale, for example is 20th and Princeton 65th while Oxford and Cambridge are well behind Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium which is in seventh place. US universities comprise nearly half of the top 100 universities. There are also nine German, eight French, six British, six South Korean, six Japanese, four Chinese, three Swiss, three Netherland, two Belgium, two Canadian, two Israeli, two Singaporean and one Danish.

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