Brussels, 17 December 2012

The European Commission is promoting transparency in the international higher education system. After a feasibility study successfully completed in 2011, the Commission is now funding a two-year project to implement U-Multirank, a multi-dimensional and user-driven international ranking of higher education institutions. An international consortium of partners from nine countries will run the project together with international stakeholder organisations. The consortium includes three organizations, members of IREG Observatory: CHE Centre for Higher Education (Germany) the lead of the of the project together with Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques - OST (France) and Perspektywy Education Foundation (Poland).

Wuhan, 4 December 2012

The 7th International Conference on Scientometrics and University Ranking was held in Huazhong Nornal University, Wuhan, China. There were 10 conference reports and 2 forums. Professor Ronald Rousseau, President of ISSI, addressed the latest research on Big data and Informetrics. Professor Chen Daren from Taiwan University described problems in the application of H-index and developed an integrated index to evaluate performance of institutes. Citation network model made by Price in the early years was modified and improved. Also Zipf’s law and some other related topics were presented in the conference. As to the application of Scientometrics theories, Dr. Yue Weiping from Thomson Routers introduced the Consult Service Platform. Some scholars used bibliometrics methods to analyze various aspects of National Natural Science Foundation and National Social Science Foundation. Scientometrics research collaboration and other topics were addressed as well.

Bucharest, 17 November 2012

The Academy of Economic Studies in the Romanian capital of Bucharest was the venue for a meeting convened by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) on the subject of “La fin des classements? De la compétition à la coopération universitaire” [“The end of rankings? From university competition to cooperation”].

Washington, 16 November 2012

Bob Morse in his “Inside the College Rankings” blog explains US News policy on data misreporting,and answers questions how US News handles such issues preparing the next edition of Best Colleges ranking.


Almaty, 25 October 2012

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, a leading higher education institution organized, under auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science and in collaboration with IREG Observatory the Regional Forum on Development of Higher Education in Central Asia: The Role of Quality Assurance, Relevant Information and Rankings. Several international experts on academic rankings and quality assurance in higher education met at the Forum with rectors and officers of universities in Kazakhstan and other universities in Central Asia. With the region’s growing economic strength, universities there show ambition to improve their position locally and internationally.

London, 3 October 2012

Times Higher Education (THE), working in cooperation with Thomson Reuters, has unveiled its latest university ranking findings, delivering three main products. THE’s World University Rankings exercise examines data across 13 different indicators to calculate the 400 top universities globally. Its World Reputation Rankings aim to provide insight into the 100 universities enjoying the “most powerful global university brands” by virtue of the “expert judgment of senior, published academics”. And the THE 100 under 50 rankings highlight the top 100 universities worldwide that have been in existence for fewer than 50 years.

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