Open Data and Global Rankings

Caroline Wagner’s article, originally published in The Conversation and republished in University World News, brings to light a shift in data collection and analysis. This shift, which is likely to enhance the international standing of Chinese universities, is largely attributed to the role of open databases. The author notes the bias towards Western and English-using […]

QS Subject Rankings: Excellent Performance from Harvard, MIT and Oxford

QS Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have announced the results of their World University Rankings by Subject 2024. These provide rankings of five broad and fifty-five narrow subjects. The methodology is somewhat different from the main world rankings published by QS. It does not include faculty-student ratio, sustainability, or international students and faculty. The five metrics used […]

Elsevier (UK), ECLBS (Latvia) and TUIT (Uzbekistan) join IREG as members

The IREG Observatory General Assembly by electronic vote admitted the following new members: Elsevier Ltd, (London, UK) A global publisher of scientific journals, leader in information and analytics. European Council of Leading Business Schools & Institutes (ECLBS) (Riga, Latvia) An association of quality assurance bodies and universities and trade associations close to business education, and […]

IREG 2024 Conference in Bucharest, Romania 7-8 November

Waldemar Siwinski, president of IREG recently visited Bucharest where he met with Prof. Remus Procopie, rector of the SNSPA University and high-ranking representatives of Romania’s higher education authorities. Also present at the talks was Jan Sadlak, former president of IREG. The SNSPA University, a member of IREG, agreed to host the IREG 2024 Conference to […]

Research in University Rankings

An article by Irfan Ayhan of Sabanci University, Istambul, Turkye, ‘Research Trends in University Rankings: A Scoping Review of the Top 100 Most Cited Articles in Academic Journals from 2017 to 2021’, has been published in the European Review. It analyses the most frequently cited academic articles on university rankings. The study found that the […]

University of Zurich Withdraws from THE rankings

The University of Zurich has announced that it will no longer submit data to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and their various spin-offs. A statement from the university stated that while “rankings purport to comprehensively measure universities’ diverse achievements in teaching and research, they cannot do so as they reduce indicators to […]

SCImago’s Ranking has New Social Metrics

The SCImago Institutions Rankings are published by a company that is a spin-off from the SCImago Research Group, an organization supported by the Spanish National Research Council, the University of Granada, the Charles III University of Madrid, and other institutions. The current methodology is based on three factors: Research, Innovation, and Societal. This year three […]

New Ranking from Iran

The Islamic World Science and Technology Monitoring and Citation Institute (ISC) was established in Azerbaijan in 2008 and is now based in Iran. It has published the Islamic World University Rankings since 2014 and world rankings since 2018. The performance indicators are grouped into four broad areas: Research (60% weighting); including publications, citations, normalized citation impact, […]

Changes to the Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education was first published in 1970 and is currently produced by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Institutions are generally divided into categories based on the highest qualification awarded. Currently, the categories are: Doctorate-granting universities Master’s colleges and universities […]

Rector of IREG member, appointed Minister of HE of Uzbekistan

Kongratbay Sharipov rector of Tashkent State University of Economics has been appointed Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovations of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Tashkent State University of Economics, a member of IREG Observatory hosted the IREG 2023 Conference last April. It is a good occasion to thank Prof. Sharipov and his TSUE staff once […]