10 December 2019

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is published every three years by the OECD and has received a large amount of media attention. It administers tests of reading, mathematics and science to representative groups of 15-year olds. Performance in these rankings is often used to evaluate national educational policies and could have serious implications for university admission policies. The top performer in the tests administered in 2018 was China, or more correctly Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang, which was first in all three rankings, replacing Singapore which is now in second place. The Chinese Special Administrative Region of Macau was third in all three categories, a notable improvement over 2006 when it was eighth for maths, and 20th for reading.

06 December 2019

The GreenMetric World University Ranking has been produced since 2010 by Universitas Indonesia. Its objective is to evaluate the commitment and contribution of world universities to a sustainable environment. Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands is in first place, unchanged since last year, followed by the University of Oxford and the University of California Davis. The upper levels of the ranking generally show little change although there a few surprises. For example, Leiden university has risen from 24th to 7th.

5 December 2019

The new law on higher education  and the Excellence Initiative – Research University, opened a fresh path for the most ambitious universities in Poland. Last October, an independent international panel selected ten universities. These universities over the next six years will receive additional funding. Another tier of ten institutions will receive but lesser extra funding. The additional financing plus changes in the way they are managed, it is hoped, will help these universities transform into true research universities. Both the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the university rectors realize that the process will not be easy.

25 November 2019

TOP500 is a ranking of computer systems that is published twice a year by experts at the NERSC/ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA, and the University of Mannheim, Germany. The benchmark for ranking is Linpack, and ranks systems by their ability to solve linear equations. The recently published 54th edition shows that world of supercomputing is still dominated by China and the USA. The number of Top 500 systems located in China is now 227, eight more than six months ago. Although the number of US systems is only 118, American computers are significantly more powerful and account for over a third of aggregate performance with China in second place.

23 October 2019

The US News has published its Best Global Universities rankings. These are entirely research based and do not include metrics related to teaching or third missions.

The overall rankings this year contain few surprises at the very top with the first place going to Harvard. However, a glance at the indicator and subject ranks suggest that there are signs that Harvard’s dominance is in danger. Although the university takes first place for global and regional research reputation, publications, total citations and papers among the top 10% and 1 % most cited, it does relatively poorly for conferences and international collaboration and scores below several Asian universities for engineering disciplines. The top twenty includes three British universities, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London, and one Canadian, the University of Toronto. The other 16 are all from the USA.

21 November 2019

Times Higher Education (THE) has published the latest edition of the Global University Employability Rankings which are produced by Emerging, a French human resource consulting company. The ranking of 250 universities is based on a survey of recruiters at leading global companies. The United States and Western Europe continue to lead for employability. The top one hundred institutions include 23 from the United States, nine each from Germany and France and seven from the United Kingdom.

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