South African Research Assessment

In 2019 the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa evaluated the research output of local universities. An article in the Mail & Guardian by Tawana Kupe has analysed the report. The report finds that a group of six universities is in the lead for quantity of research: University of Kwazulu-Natal, University […]

Academic Freedom Index

The Academic Freedom Index is published by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). The latest edition is the result of collaboration between researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the V-Dem Institute, the Scholars at Risk Network, and the GPPi) plus 2,000 international experts. The report argues that academic freedom should be an important element in the […]

IREG welcomes four new members

The IREG family has gain four new members: Al Maarefa University (UM), Riyadh – Dariyah, Saudi Arabia, Medical University of Warsaw (WUM), Warsaw, Poland, Kazakhstan Association for Engineering Education (KazSEE), Almaty, Kazakhstan, and American University of the Middle East (AUM), Egaila, Kuwait. IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence welcoming and congratulating its new members expresses hope that all […]

Scimago Rankings Show Corporations Leading for Innovation

The Scimago Institutions rankings are produced by the Spanish National Research Council. They have a distinctive methodology with three sets of indicators clustered in three groups. Research (50%); Normalised Impact, Excellence with Leadership, Output, Journals, Excellence, High Quality Publications, International Collaboration, Open Access, Scientific Talent Pool Innovation (30%); Innovative Knowledge, Patents, Technological Impact; data derived […]

US News Publishes Best Graduate Schools Rankings

US News has just published its latest American graduate school rankings. As usual, they have attracted a lot of attention from potential graduate students and the general public. It should be noted that these are rankings of programmes, not institutions, and they are based on indicators that attempt to measure research, resources, graduate outcomes, student […]

Italian Rectors Report on Rankings

The Working Group of the Conference of Italian University Rectors has published a report on international rankings edited by Mirko Degli Esposti of the University of Bologna and Giulio Vidotto of the University of Padua with contributions and analysis from a variety of researchers and academics. The group was set up to increase the representation […]

QS Subject Rankings: US Declines While China, Russia, and the UK Improve

In recent years global rankings by subject have become popular, providing students and other stakeholders with a more relevant and finely grained approach to comparative assessment. These rankings are based on two indicators from the QS world rankings, academic reputation and employer reputation, and two that are specific to this ranking, h-index and citations per […]