Ranking News

14 January 2020

Although it has not fulfilled its early promise online higher education continues to grow. At the moment the leader in the ranking of online programmes is the US News & World Report (USN). The latest USN online rankings include US bachelor’s programs and master’s programs in Business, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Engineering, Education and Nursing. Altogether over 1,600 programs have been evaluated this year. Data are derived from a peer reputation survey and information provided by the programs.

09 January 2020

An article in the PIE (Professionals in International Education) News by Kerrie Kennedy has discussed a report from Cturtlle based on a survey of the views of international students mainly in the UK with a smaller number from continental Europe. Fifty-seven per cent said that that “university ranking” was the most important reason for studying in the UK and 52% for studying in Europe. Other reasons were “location” (51% and 50%), price (41% and 38%), job opportunities (18% and 28%), and “alumni engagement” (10% and 12%).

05 January 2010 

Arab universities have not performed very well in the global rankings.  A few Saudi universities have reached the top of the Shanghai Rankings and Lebanese and Egyptian universities have made some impact in rankings such as CWUR and Scimago. The overall performance, however, is not impressive.

24 December 2019

The CSRankings show that China is on the way to dominate research in Artificial Intelligence.

These rankings are produced by Emery Berger, a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and are derived from dblp, an online database of computer science publications started by the University of Trier and now maintained by Schloss Dagstuhl–Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik at Saarland University.

17 December 2019

This year’s URAP ranking is headed by Harvard followed by the University of Toronto and University College London. Sorbonne University, formed in 2018 through a merger of Paris-Sorbonne University and Pierre et Marie Curie University, is now in 10th place, a significant improvement since last year when it was 17th. Another university that is rising rapidly is Tsinghua University in 12th place: last year it was 18th and in 2014-15 58th.  Three other Chinese universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Peking and Zhejiang are now in the top twenty.


Brazilian Association of Rectors of Public Universities, ANDIFES, honored IREG President Luiz Cláudio Costa.  In a tribute session celebrating the  30th anniversary of ANDIFES, the institution received its former presidents and other personalities who contributed to the history of the association throughout the 30 years. In a tribute session, the President of IREG Observatory and former rector of Federal University of Viçosa, former vice minister and minister of education in Brazil, Prof. Luiz Cláudio Costa received a certificate of recognition considering his dedication and hard work towards construction of the current system of federal universities in Brazil.

10 December 2019

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is published every three years by the OECD and has received a large amount of media attention. It administers tests of reading, mathematics and science to representative groups of 15-year olds. Performance in these rankings is often used to evaluate national educational policies and could have serious implications for university admission policies. The top performer in the tests administered in 2018 was China, or more correctly Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang, which was first in all three rankings, replacing Singapore which is now in second place. The Chinese Special Administrative Region of Macau was third in all three categories, a notable improvement over 2006 when it was eighth for maths, and 20th for reading.


IREG Initiatives

The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.


The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.


The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.


News from IREG Members

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod listed in the global ranking of the world's best university websites Webometrics

According to the recent results of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Lobachevsky University now ranks 1383rd in the world and 67th among university websites in Eastern and Central Europe.

QS organize Reimagine Education conference on 8-10 December 2019 in London

Reimagine Education is the global conference for those interested in pedagogical innovation, cutting edge education technology, and means by which graduate employability can be nurtured.

Yeditepe University in Turkey organize the YIRCoF’19 conference

The Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresught and Futures will take place at Yeditepe University on 29-30 November, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The invited speaker are – Roberto Poli, UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems from University of Trento, Italy.

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