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November 23, 2014

Make Sure Your University is Signed Up and Ready for the Latest Data Collection by Times Higher Education for its World University Rankings 2015-2016

University Rankings, Global Giants

University Rankings, Global Giants

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Times Higher Education (THE) has announced a series of important changes to its flagship THE World University Rankings and its suite of global university performance analyses, following a strategic review by THE parent company TES Global.

According to THE, the methodology of the global rankings will be broadly preserved and the rankings will continue to use the most comprehensive and balanced performance indicators to evaluate universities across all of their core missions, including research, knowledge transfer, international outlook and - uniquely - the teaching environment. But a series of structural changes will ensure that the THE rankings continue to lead the field for rigour, responsiveness and transparency and provide an ever richer picture of the global higher education and research landscape.

The key change is that all institutional data collection, previously outsourced to Thomson Reuters, will be expanded and will now be brought in-house, carried out by a new, dedicated team of data analysts at THE. The team, in partnership with universities, intends to build the largest and most comprehensive database of university data in the world.

Data, including key information such as an institution’s resources and staff and student profiles, at both the institutional and subject level, will be collected from many hundreds of institutions across the world. The data will be used to underpin the overall THE World University Rankings, as well as supplementary rankings, including the THE 100 Under 50, the THE Asia University Rankings and the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings. It will also be used to develop new analyses, in response to sector demand and consultation, including new rankings and analytical services.

So, to ensure that your university is included in the THE World University Rankings 2015-2016, make sure that it is signed up and ready for the latest data collection by Times Higher Education.

University Rankings, Global Giants

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Meanwhile, tens of thousands of senior academics around the world are being invited to shape the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 and to contribute to the most comprehensive picture yet produced of global teaching and research.

THE, in partnership with world-leading provider of scientific and technical information Elsevier, today launched the 2015 THE Academic Reputation Survey, with a number of key improvements.

According to THE, leading scholars from across the world and across all academic disciplines - those best placed to understand excellence in teaching and research in our universities - have been selected, based on their publication record, to represent their country and their academic field in the exercise, which is the world’s largest invitation-only survey of its kind.

THE does not allow institutions to nominate participants in the survey and does not allow anyone to sign up for the research without an invitation, so those selected to take part will be representing thousands of their peers.

THE advises that leading academics should look out for an email from it headed: “Your invitation to influence the outcome of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings”, and, if invited, take part to represent their peers in their respective country and in their respective field.

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