05 September 2019

The Washington Monthly has published the latest edition of its student-centred College Guide and Rankings. The methodology of these rankings of US colleges and universities feature ssocial mobility, research performance, and community and national service. These three criteria are given equal weighting.

03 September 2019

Nature and Science are considered the two most prestigious scientific journals. Their importance is indicated by their weighting of 20 per cent in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. Nature Index has published an article by Gemma Conroy and Bec Crew that highlights the top ten institutions that contributed to these two journals during 2018. First place goes to Harvard with a total article count of 210 or a fractional count of 70.67, followed by Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Society and the University of California Berkeley. The data is derived from the annual tables for 2019.

28 August 2019

PIE News has an article by Callan Quinn reporting on the current status of the Russian 5 Top 100 academic excellence project. This is an effort to get five Russian universities into the top 100 universities as ranked by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings or the Times Higher Education(THE) World University Rankings. The article notes that Russian universities have become more globally competitive, developing joint programmes and attracting more students.

24 August 2019

The Indonesian Research, Technology and has announced new university rankings. This comes at a time of growing concern about the poor quality of the country’s universities and their lacklustre performance in the global rankings. There have been proposals to recruit international academics to lead Indonesian universities in the hope that this will lead to higher standards. The new rankings classify 2,141 non-vocational higher education institutions in five clusters. It is noticeable that the leading universities are mainly found in Java and Sumatra and few in the eastern regions such as Bali, Sulawesi and Irian jaya. Of the thirteen universities in the first cluster, ten are located in Java, two in Sumatra and only one in Eastern Indonesia.

23 August 2019

The Center for World University Rankings was based in Jeddah but has now moved to the United Arab Emirates. The Center publishes world university rankings, country rankings and subject rankings. These rankings avoid surveys and information submitted by institutions. Instead they assess Quality of Education, Alumni Employment, Quality of Faculty, and Research Performance through publicly accessible databases. The results are fairly similar to conventional research-based rankings with the upper levels dominated by British and American universities.

It is noticeable that Japanese and Israeli universities perform very well here. The University of Tokyo is 13th overall and 6th for alumni employment. The Weizmann Institute of Science is 58th and 17th for quality of education.

18 August 2019

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), better known as the Shanghai Rankings, is the oldest global university ranking. First published in 2003, it is well regarded for a consistent and transparent methodology. It has usually avoided the volatility that has sometimes undermined other global rankings. The top ten in this year’s ranking is unchanged since 2018 with Harvard in first place followed by Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, and University of California Berkeley. As in previous years Harvard is in first place for all indicators except for productivity per capita where Caltech holds the lead.

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