Tag Archives: Ruth Pagell

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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Ruth’s Rankings 22: Indian University Rankings – The Good the Bad and the Inconsistent

By Ruth A. Pagell* (3 January 2017) The Good:  More Indian universities are appearing in international rankings, as more institutions are ranked. The Bad:  Most ranked Indian universities are in the bottom half of global rankings The Inconsistent: There is a disconnect between India’s internal initiatives and rankings and the global rankings Two current headlines […]


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Ruth’s Ranking News Flash! Asian Universities fall due to changes in new U.S. News’ Best Global University Rankings methodology

(29 October 2016)  U.S. News released its third Best Global University Rankings on 25 October 2016.  The first edition in May 2015 (RR 11) ranks 500 universities on ten indicators. The October 2015 edition (RR 15) has 750 institutions and 12 indicators. This latest edition has 1,000 ranked universities with an additional 262 included only […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 21: Flagship Universities in Asia: From Bibliometrics to Econometrics and Social Indicators

By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 October 2016) About 100 years ago, Chulalongkorn was designated the Flagship university of Thailand. Japan designated its seven imperial universities, one science university and three private universities as flagships.  New initiatives have been introduced in the 21st century to strengthen selected universities and centers of excellence (Yonezawa, 2015. pg 177). […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! NTU Ranking: Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

(12 October 2016) Yet another ranking’s update offers  another example of Chinese universities rising as Japanese universities continue to slide.  In the first ranking in 2007 (HEEACT), there were nine Chinese universities and none in the top 200.  In 2016, there are 53 Chinese universities with eleven in the top 200.  During the same time […]


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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 News Flash! Three Asian Universities Join ARWU’s Top 100

(24 August 2016) Tsinghua University, Peking University and National University of Singapore join Japanese universities Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya and Osaka in the top 100 of Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 (ARWU), released on 19 August  2016. Note a change in branding as well. ARWU examines more than 1,000 universities who meet the […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 20: World Class Universities and the New Flagship University: Reaching for the Rankings or Remodeling for Relevance

By Ruth A. Pagell* (20 July 2016) Harvard, MIT and Cal Tech are all ranked number one by at least one major ranking service, but the flagship universities for their states are the publically (state government) funded University of Massachusetts and University of California Berkley. “The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Rankings […]


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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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Ruth’s Rankings 18: Rankings from Down Under – Australia and New Zealand

By Ruth A. Pagell* (6 April 2016) This article focuses on university education in Australia and New Zealand.  We look at the roles of governments in evaluations, national ratings and rankings, and the international rankings.  Australia and New Zealand have layers of government organizations evaluating quality through metrics and peer review. The focus of both […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Ancient university rankings

(10 February 2016) Times Higher Education has released a list of top 25 universities over 400 years old in honor of the death of William Shakespeare.  It uses the data from the 2015-2016 THE World University Rankings. The top two are also the two oldest and 2 and 4 in the THE World rankings, Oxford […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 17: Wikipedia and Google Scholar as Sources for University Rankings – Influence and popularity and open bibliometrics

By Ruth A, Pagell* (5 February 2016) In early December 2015, MIT’s Technology Review provided a summary of a new paper on using data from Wikipedia to rank the world’s most INFLUENTIAL universities.  A month later, ACCESS posted the abstract for another paper that introduced Wikiometrics, also using data from Wikipedia to rank universities.  In […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 16: The much maligned Journal Impact Factor

By Ruth A. Pagell* (12 January 2016) Citation counts are core bibliometric indicators used by rankers to measure scholarly impact and administrators to measure faculty output. Questions that follow are: Is being cited enough, or do you have to be cited in a high impact source? And if a “high impact” source is desired, how […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Web of Science adds Emerging Sources Citation Index

(18 November 2015) Web of Science has announced the addition of Emerging Sources Citation Index for all subscribers of the three core citation indexes: Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities.  If  “emerging sources” conjures up images of remote locations or a picture of a struggling researcher coming out of the jungle with a pile […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 15: Analyzing 2015-2016 Updated Rankings and Introducing New Metrics

By Ruth A. Pagell* (26 October 2015) Mid-August to mid-October is a busy time for those of us trying to keep up with the updates in global rankings. Five of our primary sources for composite rankings posted new rankings during this time period. Waiting until mid-year gives the rankers time to incorporate 2014 data. THE […]


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