The latest Round University Rankings have been released by the Russian company, RUR Rankings Agency. These are essentially holistic rankings that attempt to go beyond the measurement of research output and quality. There are twenty indicators, although some of them such as Teaching Reputation, International Teaching Reputation and Research Reputation and International Students and International Bachelors are so similar that the information they provide is limited.
Basically these rankings cover much the same ground as the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The income from industry indicator is not included but there are an additional eight indicators. The data is taken from Thomson Reuters' Global Institutional Profiles Project (GIPP) which was used by THE for their rankings from 2010 to 2014.
It should be noted that participation in the GIPP is voluntary and therefore the universities in each edition could be different. For example, in 2015 100 universities dropped out of the project and 62 joined.
It is, however, possible to examine a number of claims that have been made about changes in university quality over the last few years. I will take a look at these in the next few posts.
For the moment, here are the top five in the overall rankings and the dimension rankings.
4. Northwestern University
5. Erasmus University Rotterdam
1. EPF Lausanne
2. Imperial College London
3. National University of Singapore
4. University College London
3. Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa
4. Pohang University of Science and Technology
5. Karolinska Institute
Unfortunately these rankings have received little or no recognition outside Russia. Here are some examples.
TSU [Tomsk State University] has entered the 100 best universities for the quality of teaching