Tag Archives: Ruth Pagell

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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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, […]


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