Bucharest, 27 April 2012

The Eighth Bologna Process - European Higher Education Area Ministerial Conference and Third Bologna Policy Forum was convened in the Romanian capital on 26-27 April. All 47 countries participating in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) were represented at this high-level gathering, as were a broad range of stakeholder organizations and delegations from some 40 non-EHEA countries.

Taipei, 20 April 2012

IREG-6 Conference, the premier international event of the year focused on issues of rankings and academic excellence in higher education, took place in Taipei on 18-20 April 2012. Organized by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), the conference drew together some 150 delegates from across the globe to consider myriad aspects of the event’s central theme, “Academic Rankings and Advancement of Higher Education. Lessons from Asia and other Regions”.

Brussels, 16 February 2012

In June 2011, EUA published the report “Global University Rankings and their Impact” which provided a comprehensive analysis of the methodologies used in the main international university rankings and a number of other ongoing projects that are seeking to measure university performance. As part of its Rankings Review project, EUA is continuing to monitor developments in this field for its member universities and will publish a second ‘Rankings Review’ report in November 2012.

London, 15 February 2012

Europe outshines the US in a new ranking of the world’s best cities for students, released for the first time today by the research specialist behind the annual QS World University Rankings®. Paris tops the table ahead of London, Boston and Melbourne, with six European cities in the top ten. Singapore (12th) is the leading Asian city ahead of Hong Kong and Tokyo, while Australia is the only country with two cities in the top ten.

Warsaw-Brussels, 15 December 2011

IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence opens, on a voluntary basis, the audit procedure for national, regional and global university [academic] rankings - the IREG Ranking Audit. The start of the IREG Ranking Audit ref1ects awareness about the growing attention university rankings have received in recent years.

Warsaw – Brussels, 7 December 2011

The General Assembly of the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence admited three institutions from Kazakhstan as its new members: the al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, the Kazakh-British Technical University in Astana and the National Accreditation Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. IREG Observatory is growing; it was founded by 9 members in December 2009 but now, two years later, it has 23 members from Europe, Asia and North America, and some more applications for membership are pending.


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