Tag Archives: Ruth Pagell

Ruth’s Rankings 36 – Innovation, Automation, and Technology Part 1: From Scholarly Articles to Patents

By Ruth Pagell* What institution is the most innovative in the Asia-Pacific region? What type of innovation ranking can you find on U-Multirank? (13 July 2018) In this article and the one following, we look at new rankings of universities and their countries from the perspective of innovation as measured by patents. This article introduces […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-3: Top News from THE and QS updates

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is THE’s best Young University; Malaysia adds four universities to the QS 2019 World Rankings (16 June 2018) During the past few weeks, Times Higher Education released updated rankings piecemeal, in preparation for its September to October release of its  2019 world rankings. At the same time, QS […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 35: Come together: May updates lead to an investigation of Collaboration

By Ruth Pagell* (11 June 2018) The following three international ranking updates were released in May. 2018 CWTS Leiden Rankings, where I will focus on the Collaborations module 2018 Times Higher Education, with its ever growing list of Emerging Economies 2018 U21 National Higher Education system rankings, drilling down in “Connectivity” In addition, Malaysia updated […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 34: Authors: Part 2 – Who are you?

By Ruth Pagell* Who is the best researcher in the world? Who has the most citations in Asia? Who has the most citations at Shanghai Jiao Tong University? Who is credited with the most citations in Physics and Astronomy at Nanjing Tech? See Conclusion for answers. (3 May 2018) Ruth’s Rankings 33 describes the processes […]


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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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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-1: THE Asia: Reshuffling the same deck

(7 February 2018) The 2018 cycle begins.  THE released its 2018 Asia rankings 7 February 2018.  Covering 359 universities from 25 countries across Asia, this is an increase of 101 universities from 2017. Table 1 shows the top 15 universities in 2018 with their 2017 rankings and 2018 world rankings. The names are the same; […]


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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 31: Road Trip to Hong Kong and Singapore – Opening new routes for collaboration between librarians and their stakeholders

By Ruth A. Pagell* (4 December 2017) I am beginning to think of global university rankings as invasive species.  Two years ago, a talk I gave in Singapore attracted an uninterested audience of 25.  On this trip, over 200 librarians, faculty, administrators and students physically attended the talks. Students wanted to know how to use […]


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World University Rankings: How to be Number One

(18 November 2017) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library, recently sponsored Ruth Pagell’s trip to Asia to speak to librarians, faculty, students and administrators about university rankings. Her talk to HKUST on 9 November, World University Rankings: How to be Number One together with the powerpoint presentation, are streamed here: http://stream.ust.hk/service/watch.php?stream=lib/o/991012552668403412.mp4 After Hong Kong, Ruth […]


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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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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! End of the 2017 cycle

National University of Singapore, NUS, and Nanyang Technological University, NTU, also in Singapore, top the U.S. News Global Asian rankings for the first time University of Tokyo continues its run as top in Asia in National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking Tsinghua is number one in Engineering and Computer Science in U.S. News and NTU NTU […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! THE 2018 World University Rankings

Oxford and Cambridge are ranked 1 and 2 in the world Ten East Asian universities are in the top 100, led by National University of Singapore and Peking University (7 September 2017) Since the release of the 2016-2017 rankings in September 2016, THE has been busy rolling out various adaptations, using the same metrics but […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 29: From Bibliometrics to Geopolitics: An Overview of Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education edited by Ellen Hazelkorn

“…regardless of our views about their merit or otherwise, rankings matter” (Hazelkorn 2017, pg. 1) “Universities…are obsessed with gaining status in one or more national or global rankings…They should quit now”. (Altbach &Hazelkorn, 2017) By Ruth A. Pagell* (1 September 2017) Our first columns in 2014 introduced bibliometrics. We then presented the various rankings, their […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! ARWU 2017: The more the merrier

Harvard University is number one in the world as it has been since 2003. The University of Tokyo remains number one in Asia. Prince of Songkla University enters the ranking with a Highly Cited author. (17 August 2017) Updates of ARWU (Academic Rankings of World Universities, from the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy) are often not newsworthy. […]


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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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