Shanghai, 15 August, 2011

The Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University released today the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), marking its 9th consecutive year of measuring the performance of top universities worldwide.

Tirana, 15 July 2011

The Albanian Ministry for Education and Science, too, wants prospective students to be able to find independent information about the country’s HEIs in the future. The CHE was commissioned to carry out a project (supported by the World Bank) to develop and test a concept with the Albanian Public Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education (APAAL) that would enable comparisons of Albanian HEIs on the basis of different indicators. The results of this project, a first ranking of four subjects, were presented at the closing conference in Tirana.

Paris, 19 May 2011

At the General Assembly meeting in Paris, 17 May 2011, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence unanimously accepted four new members: Dutch Inspectorate of Education (the Netherlands), Lucian Blaga University (Romania), Lund University (Sweden) and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania).

Paris, 18 May, 2011

More than 250 participants from nearly 70 countries took part at UNESCO Global Forum - Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses organized by UNESCO in collaboration with OECD and The World Bank. IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence was very present at the meeting both as speakers, panelists and participants. Among the Forum’s speakers and panelists there were; Jan Sadlak, President of the IREG Observatory and two Vice-presidents Nian Cai Liu of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Gero Federkeil of the CHE-Centre for Higher Education Development as well as Ben Sowter of the QS World University Rankings.

Paris, 17 May 2011

The Executive Committee of IREG Observatory on Ranking and Excellence adopted the IREG Ranking Audit Rules. The document describes in detail the criteria and procedure that will be used in assessing the quality of rankings.

Bratislava-Warsaw, 24 March 2011

Academic rankings have become a recognized tool contributing to the quality of higher education and research in an increasing number of countries. Global university rankings receive much publicity but they concentrate on the magic number of some 400-500 of the most prestigious universities; national university rankings, by contrast, addressed to students and their parents, influence individual educational choices of millions.

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