|First IREG Ranking Audit results announced|
(Warsaw, 16 May 2013) The results of the first ranking audits were announced at the IREG Forum on University Rankings attended by over 130 participants from 32 countries. IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence decided to grant the rights to use the “IREG Approved” label in relation to the national ranking: Perspektywy University Ranking (Poland), produced by the Perspektywy Education Foundation, and to the international and regional rankings QS World University Rankings, produced by the QS Intelligence Unit.
- National and international University rankings serve as effective and useful tools in providing information to the prospective students, contributing to improvement of the quality of higher education, and monitoring higher education reforms – said Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory. - Therefore, a need had arisen to audit the quality of the rankings.
In order to start the audit process, IREG Observatory appointed teams of independent experts. Their work is coordinated by Prof. Klaus Huefner from Berlin. - The audit rules were announced by IREG Observatory in Paris at the UNESCO conference in May 2011. The rankings that positively pass the audit (carried on a voluntary basis) have the right to use the quality label “IREG Approved”. This label attests that the ranking has been prepared in accordance with the highest professional standards – stressed Prof. Huefner. Detailed information on audit methodology are available on the website: ireg-observatory.org
Perspektywy University Ranking (Poland) is a national ranking produced by Perspektywy Education Foundation since 2000. More information on the ranking is available at: ranking.perspektywy.org (in English) and at: ranking.perspektywy.pl (in Polish).
- We are proud that Perspektywy University Ranking is the first national ranking to obtain the “IREG Approved” quality stamp – said Waldemar Siwinski, President of the Perspektywy Education Foundation. – The quality and credibility have always been in the center of our attention. I am happy that a team of international experts noticed it and rewarded us.
QS World University Ranking is an international ranking produced by the QS Intelligence Unit since 2004. Along the main ranking, the two QS regional rankings have been evaluated granted the "IREG Approved" quality label: QS World University Ranking Asia and QS World University Ranking Latin America. More information at: TopUniversities.com
The audit of QS World University Ranking has been carried by the Audit Team composed of: Tom Parker, (chair), expert of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Washington DC, USA, Stanislaw Chwirot, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Phisics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland; Sadiq Sait Mohammed, Professor, Director for Information Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Associate Professor, University of Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan.
- QS is committed to the pursuit of best practice in international university rankings. We are, naturally, pleased to be the first international ranking to be IREG Approved - says Ben Sowter, QS head of research. - Beyond the result itself, it signals the willingness to open our systems and processes up to external, independent scrutiny and exhibit the same transparency we demand of universities.
IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (in short: IREG Observatory) is an international institutional non-profit association of ranking organizations, universities and other bodies interested in university rankings and academic excellence. Its purpose is strengthening of public awareness and understanding of range of issues related to university rankings and academic excellence. The experience acquired by a group of rankers and ranking analysts, who met first in 2002, led to creation of an International Ranking Expert Group (IREG). In 2009 this informal group was transformed into IREG Observatory as a non-profit organization. It is registered in Brussels, Belgium, and its Secretariat is located in Warsaw, Poland. Website: ireg-obserwatory.org