Tag Archives: rankings

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-2: QS Subject rankings and THE’s new releases – Japanese Universities and the Arab League

(5 April 2018) Many of our rankings appear once a year.  QS and THE slice and dice their datasets to create subsets of their annual rankings.  Are following these releases worth our time? QS adds two subjects: Library & Information Management and Classics & Ancient History Asia has more ranked universities in Materials Science than […]


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New multi-year partnership sees Times Higher Education continue to draw on Elsevier’s Scopus data for its World University Rankings

(18 January 2018) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health which is part of RELX Group, and Times Higher Education (THE), the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world, today announced their extended partnership in a multi-year agreement.   This will see THE draw on Elsevier’s Scopus data to […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 32: The Business of Rankings – Show me the money

By Ruth A. Pagell* How many owners has the Institute for Scientific Information had? What percent of Times Higher Education revenue comes from rankings? Which ranker solicits advertising on its home page? (22 January 2018) Faculty and administrators in Hong Kong and Singapore asked me “How do the rankers make money from rankings?”  Despite my […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 30: Hong Kong and Singapore: Is Success Sustainable?

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ranks higher than National University of Singapore (NUS) in the QS rankings and NUS ranks higher than NTU in THE rankings NTU ranks higher than HKUST in the QS rankings and HKUST ranks higher than NTU in THE rankings (Table 30.1 Big Three) By Ruth A. Pagell* (Watch Ruth Pagell present University Rankings […]


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Rankings highlight risk of uni funding cuts

(6 September 2017) Australia’s strong global university rankings face growing competition from a rising Chinese university system powered by Government investment, highlighting the dangers of a proposed $2.8 billion cut to university funding. The rankings influence where international students choose to study – and our strong rankings in recent years have helped to generate a […]


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To distinguish between an elephant and a rabbit: Citizen bibliometrics in biomedicine and economics

(5 September 2017) In recent years there has been an increasing interest in how evaluation systems and resource allocation models affect research. A central question is how an increased focus on performance that is quantifiable affects researchers’ practices and priorities. A number of documented and possible effects have been identified on a more general level […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 28: Japanese Universities: Is the sun setting on Japanese higher education?

By Ruth A. Pagell* Between 2004 and 2016 the number of Japanese institutions in the ARWU 500 dropped from 36 to 16 while the number of mainland Chinese universities rose from eight to 42. (Figure 28.1) More Japanese universities were in the 2004 combined THE/QS top 100 and 200 rankings than in the 2017 THE […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 26: March Madness –The rankings of U.S universities and their sports

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 April 2017) Who won the March Madness (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship) in 2017?  Duke, Princeton, Bucknell or University of North Carolina? Who won the 2017 Women’s Basketball Championship? Stanford or University of South Carolina? Who is number one in U.S. universities based on student-focused metrics?  Stanford or Princeton? Sports fans […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 24: Malaysia Higher Education – “Soaring Upward” or Not?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 March 2017) Ruth’s Rankings 24 is based on Malaysian news articles that chronicle the changes in funding to Malaysia’s premier research universities following the release of the Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) – MEB – in 2015. In preparing the article, I read many news articles […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2017

The number of Indian and Malaysian universities in the new rankings has more than doubled The biggest gainer in terms of number of universities is Japan at  69.  Almost 50% of Japanese universities are in the bottom third with less than 20% in the top 100.   In 2009, 33 Japanese universities were in the top […]


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Clarivate Analytics and Chinese Academy of Sciences collaborate on report identifying hottest and emerging fields in scientific research

(31 October 2016, Philadelphia)  Clarivate Analytics and the Chinese Academy of Sciences today released Research Fronts 2016, an annual report identifying prominent areas of scientific research over the past year. This is the third collaborative report from these two organizations. The paper identifies 180 key research fronts including 100 hot and 80 emerging fronts, based […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! QS and Times Higher Education roll out their 2016-2017 rankings

Breaking News!  Oxford University ranks number one in THE World University Rankings! (23 September 2016)  Last year, we did an in-depth comparison of the updated rankings from ARWU, QS and THE in Ruth’s Rankings 15.  This year we focus on any changes in methodology and top world and Asia/Pacific rankings. We did a brief update […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 19: Rankings from Down Under Part 2: Drilling Down to Australian and New Zealand Subject Categories

By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 June 2016)  Most universities will never reach the top 200 in composite rankings; nor are world class composite rankings relevant for most of the worlds’ universities. If you take the time to investigate the different rankers and their specific subject categories, you may find hidden performance gems at a subject […]


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