Dublin, 11 September 2012

The results of the 2012/13 QS World University Ranking were announced. A record 72 countries are featured in the top 700 universities ranked globally, following a rapid acceleration in international mobility. The top 100 universities average nearly 10% more international students than in 2011, the biggest single-year increase in the rankings’ nine-year history.

Valencia, 20 August 2012

A European Commission-funded project, “European Indicators and Ranking Methodology for University Third Mission” (E3M) has released a green paper title Fostering and Measuring “Third Mission” in Higher Education Institutions. The document not only provides information about what the E3M participating institutions learned in the course of this unique project, but perhaps more importantly, specific insights into the “kinds of beneficial impact universities can have on their host societies, and the circumstances that influence the ability of universities to deliver those impacts”.

Jakarta, 16 August 2012

Motivated by a three-pronged interest in getting institutional “sustainability issues on the map”, helping to support sustainability awareness raising, and encouraging a longer-term effort to affect “real change”, Universitas Indonesia (UI) is working over the coming months to collect data from interested institutions around the world, which will feed into the 3rd iteration of its 3rd “GreenMetric World University Rankings”.

Shanghai, 15 August 2012

The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University released the 10th edition of its annual global university ranking - 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Harvard University remains the number one in the world for the tenth year.

Warsaw, 20 July 2012

The growing importance of national, regional and global university rankings attracts attention of ever larger group of stakeholders who show interest in how these rankings are made. They realize that what each ranking tells or does not tell depend on the criteria and methodology used. Methodology is like a mirror, one can see in it only as much as the methodology allows. The stockholders want to understand the advantages and the shortcomings of various rankings. The IREG Forum on Ranking Methodologies to be held in Warsaw, Poland 16-17 May 2013 will examine theoretical and practical aspects of methodologies of the main international and national rankings.

1 July 2012

Richard Holmes in an article Power and responsibility – The growing influence of global rankings published in the University World News examines reaction of governments and academic authorities to growing influence of rankings. He points out that: Rankings have become very big business and they are acquiring a prominent role in the policies of university administrators and national governments.


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