University Rankings

Ruth’s Rankings 40: Deconstructing QS Subjects and Surveys

By Ruth A. Pagell* (12 April 2019) February marked the end of 2019 for the QS rankings with the release of its subject rankings. The list below reviews the results dated 2019 QS Subjects (February 2019): Depends on subject; see below Arab Region (October 2018):  King Fahd U of Petroleum & Minerals Asia Region (October […]

April 11, 2019 - 3:27 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-1: THE Asia/Pac update and other Asia rankings

(11 Mar 2019)  The calendar year 2019 rankings’ cycle has begun.  News Flashes will focus on ranking changes, if any, and new observations. News Flash 2019-1 includes updates to THE Asia/Pac rankings and QS subject rankings. Who is THE’s number one university in Asia/Pac? What country has the most top ten universities? On what top […]

March 14, 2019 - 8:48 am

Ruth’s Rankings 39 – Business School Rankings: Monkey Business for an Asia/Pac audience

By Ruth A. Pagell* What is the best MBA program in the world? Who is number one in Asia/Pac? Which ranking has the best coverage of Asia/Pac? Which Asia/Pac MBA program is best for women? Which MBA ranking is best? The December 2018 release of the new and controversial THE/WSJ MBA rankings prompted this article. […]

February 25, 2019 - 2:35 pm

THE releases best universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2019

(20 February 2019)  Times Higher Education has once again released the Asia-Pacific University Ranking to reflect the region’s growing strength in the higher education sector. THE’s Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2019 analysed universities across East Asia, South-east Asia and Oceania. The overall ranking features more than 300 universities from 13 different nations. The ranking uses the same performance […]

February 21, 2019 - 10:54 am

Rankings uproar in Singapore

(13 February 2019) The big problem with Singapore’s approach to rankings is that it is too concerned with the QS rankings with their emphasis on reputation surveys and international orientation and the THE rankings which also have reputation and international indicators and three different measures of income. This has resulted in ranking successes that even […]

February 14, 2019 - 10:06 am

Western universities mull Indonesian branch campuses

(28 January 2019)  Indonesia could be the next growth hotspot for international branch campuses, after the details of a seven-year-old law that has finally been ratified were released. The ministerial regulation, disclosed recently after being signed off in late October, allows overseas universities to operate in special economic zones – with a satellite township on […]

January 28, 2019 - 9:14 am

Ruth’s Rankings 38 – Coming Attractions: The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Times Higher Education Innovation and Impact Rankings Demystified

By Ruth A. Pagell* Check out the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their history See if your institution is on a partner listing Watch THE’s webinar and look at their slide (11 January 2019) Times Higher Education (THE) is collecting data for a new ranking on impact and innovation that is scheduled for […]

January 11, 2019 - 2:11 pm

Nature Index 2018 reviews China’s scientific performance over the past five years

(13 December 2018, London) The Nature Index 2018 supplement on China reveals that China’s contribution to the Nature Index rose by 75% between 2012 and 2017, much more than a selection of leading countries in the Index, such as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan. China’s share of global scientific output as […]

December 14, 2018 - 10:57 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-7: Researchers, Subjects, and Regional Rankings

Who has the most Highly Cited (Top 1%) papers in the world? Which Asian university is in the top ten of a THE subject ranking? Which university that was top 10 in Asia last year is not even top 20 this year? (Answers in red below) (1 December 2018) This really is the last News […]

December 1, 2018 - 11:53 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-6: The Last of the 2018 Ranking Releases

U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (31 October 2018) The release of U.S. News Best Global Universities completes the cycle for 2018.  This year’s dataset includes 1,250 ranked universities from 75 countries. An additional 122 are listed and appear in subject rankings.  Ruth’s Rankings 11 introduced U.S. News Best 500 Global Universities and the October […]

October 31, 2018 - 12:31 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 37 – Part 2: How Important are Journal Quality Metrics in the Era of Potential/ possible/ probable predatory publishers and publications?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (21 October 2018) A chaired professor at a distinguished British university is listed as the international advisor for a journal even though he has tried for years to remove his name. A new online directory lists a major database vendor as a sponsor even after a “cease and desist” order Many […]

October 21, 2018 - 5:41 pm

Rethink role of HE beyond rankings, says minister

(3 October 2018) The role of higher education is changing, and the existing research-led university model and the system of university ranking and evaluation need to evolve with the times, Singapore’s Education Minister Ong Ye Kung told an international higher education conference recently. “After all, every industry we know of is subject to disruption,” he […]

October 6, 2018 - 12:57 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-5: Latest World Rankings from National Taiwan University and Times Higher Education

Who is number one in Asia – Tsinghua University or University of Tokyo? What Asian country debuted in a world ranking this year? This News Flash reviews two world rankings.  NTU-TW uses only bibliometrics, favors large universities and receives little media attention.  Times Higher Education uses a variety of metrics, has a slate of rankings […]

September 28, 2018 - 8:10 am

Ruth’s Rankings 37 – How Important are Journal Quality Metrics in the Era of Predatory Journals? Part 1: Journal citation metrics

By Ruth A. Pagell* (18 September 2018) During decades of working with faculty in competitive universities I was always concerned by “publish or perish”, especially when junior faculty were pressured to publish in ”A” journals.  Now, thanks to the proliferation of possibly predatory publishers, anyone can publish anything in a publication that calls itself a peer-reviewed […]

September 18, 2018 - 3:36 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-4: ARWU Inclusion Increases

Harvard University is number one in the world as it has been since 2003. The University of Tokyo remains number one in Asia. Singapore University of Technology & Design is ranked as a “Candidate University” (28 August 2018) Last August’s ARWU update focused on the expansion from 500 to 800 institutions.  In this August’s release, […]

August 28, 2018 - 11:03 am