University Rankings

Ruth’s Rankings 44 Part 2: What’s the best university for an international undergraduate student? Using local metrics with emphasis on U.S. and Chinese rankings

By Ruth A. Pagell* This may seem like the wrong time for continuing our evaluation of resources for international students, not only because of Covid-19 but also because of the geo-political tension between the U.S. and China (Sharma).  However, this is the time QS released its first USA rankings. OECD tracks international student mobility (OECD […]

July 10, 2020 - 2:22 pm

Why Indonesia makes an impact in THE Impact Rankings

(18 May 2020) Indonesia’s stellar performance in this year’s Times Higher Education Impact Rankings reflects the burgeoning capability of the archipelago’s top institutions and their “more mature approach” to university league tables. This trend is reflected in Indonesia’s performance in the THE Impact Rankings, which assess social and economic influence. Launched in 2019, the rankings appraise universities’ success in aligning their efforts […]

May 29, 2020 - 9:04 am

Ruth’s Rankings 45: Insights into TOP Factor: Journal impact reimagined

By Ruth A. Pagell* (20 May 2020) Journal quality has been measured by output, from counting pages and articles to calculating normalized citation impact factors. The Center for Open Science (COS) created TOP Factor as a way to measure journal quality through journal publishing guidelines. There are four aspects of TOP Factor to consider: The […]

May 22, 2020 - 4:40 pm

THE releases the 2020 Impact Rankings based on Sustainable Development Goals: has anything changed? Ruth’s Rankings Update

What university has the top Impact composite score? What university is tops in Asia? What do the University of Massachusetts (U Mass) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have in common? What region is the star? (26 April 2020) Last year, Ruth’s Rankings 38 provided background on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Ruth’s […]

April 30, 2020 - 8:55 am

List of Ruth’s Rankings

Here’s the complete list of Ruth’s Ranking on Introduction: Unwinding the Web of International Research Rankings A Brief History of Rankings and Higher Education Policy Bibliometrics: What We Count and How We Count The Big Two: Thomson Reuters and Scopus Comparing Times Higher Education (THE) and QS Rankings Scholarly Rankings from the Asian Perspective […]

April 8, 2020 - 1:19 pm

QS, THE, and new bibliometric findings: Ruth’s Rankings first quarter 2020 updates

By Ruth A. Pagell* (7 Apr 2020) The first quarter of the year is a slow time for updated rankings.  Three new updates are QS’ subject rankings and THE’s Japan Universities and Emerging Economies.  Two articles in the Nature Index blog are of bibliometric interest. How do subject rankings in QS compare with those in THE, […]

April 7, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Researchers’, subjects’, and students’: Ruth’s Rankings 2019 leftovers

By Ruth A. Pagell* What is the impact of “hyper-authorship” on rankings? Who is the best researcher in the world? What is the best Asian university in the field of Plant and Animal Science? What region now leads the world in the PISA reading scores? 1 – Multiple Authorship Clarivate Analytics released the report “Multi-authorship […]

January 20, 2020 - 2:30 pm

What do the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, King Abdulaziz University and Harvard University have in common? Ruth’s Rankings October-November 2019 Update

By Ruth A. Pagell* Nature releases its top Young Universities rankings with 42 East Asia/Pacific universities QS’ Arab Region 2020 Rankings has a new regional leader U.S. News Best Global Universities adds 250 new institutions, but few from ASEAN Following up on Ruth’s Rankings 41 on sustainability, a U.S. urban university embraces farming Other news […]

November 29, 2019 - 4:53 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 42: ASEAN – a special analysis of ASEAN nations

What ASEAN country’s citations have the greatest impact? What country has the most top 10 ASEAN universities? What ASEAN country’s population is most satisfied with its education system? By Ruth A. Pagell* (30 Oct 2019) Writing an overview report on ASEAN nation’s’ university rankings had been on my agenda but interesting reports or new rankings […]

October 31, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Update August 2019: new rankings and updates to old rankings

By Ruth A. Pagell* What is the significance of Ton Duc Thang University breaking into the ARWU ranks? What Asia-Pac city did students select as best? Does the university having the top THE World rank also rank tops in reputation? (19 August 2019) This new format replaces News Flashes. The annual updates to rankings include […]

August 23, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 41: THE’s University Impact Rankings and Sustainable Development Goals: Are these the most impactful universities in the world?

By Ruth A. Pagell* What university is tops in the world in the Impact Rankings? Which Asia-Pac nation has the most universities that participated in the survey? Approximately how many universities are involved in worldwide SDG initiatives? A: 460; B: 1200; C: 7000? (25 Jul 2019) Phil Baty, THE’s chief knowledge officer said, “The rankings offer […]

July 25, 2019 - 2:20 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-5: THE Young Universities 2019: where old universities become new universities

(2 July 2019) We covered young university rankings in depth in Ruth’s Rankings 25, in April 2017, and did a brief update in 2018.  The 2019 release includes 3 rankings: Young Universities: 351 universities from THE’s 2019 World Rankings, established from 1969 to the present. World Rankings’ metrics are used but recalibrated. Millennials: 64 universities […]

July 4, 2019 - 9:38 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-04: QS 2020 offers little to write about

Which top 10 universities have made the greatest gains in rankings since 2004? Who is number one in Singapore? What Asian country added the most universities from 2019? (24 June 2019) QS received more than enough coverage in April’s Ruth’s Rankings 40, where we analyzed QS 2019 subject rankings and surveys. Now it is June […]

June 28, 2019 - 3:55 pm

Size is not everything according to latest Nature Index annual tables

Major institutions in the US and China dominate the top ranks for output of quality research articles, but a new normalized Nature Index ranking reveals that some smaller institutes are punching well above their weight. (19 June 2019) In the Nature Index 2019 annual tables, released today, the United States is well ahead of China then […]

June 27, 2019 - 2:14 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-03: CWTS Leiden 2019 adds new metrics for Open Access and Gender

What Asia/Pac university has the highest proportion of publications in the top ten percent? How many Chinese universities are in the top 25 in publications? In what category does Hong Kong Poly rank second in the world? What Southeast Asian university ranks first in the number of female authors in the field of Biomedical and […]

May 25, 2019 - 2:30 pm