University Rankings - Measured or Communicated?

OUR MISSION

for students, academic staff and management, experts, policy-makers, stakeholders…

ANALYSIS

of content, methodology and impact of rankings

OWN RANKINGS

based on indicators of Hungarian higher education

NEWS AND MONITORING

from the world of rankings

SUPPORT

for using and implementing rankings

DISCUSSION

about the ranking-game

COMMUNICATION

media-issues of international and Hungarian rankings

ABOUT US

Who we are and what we do?

Our ranking project contains empirical and theoretical research, as well, examining the social and communication background of rankings in the theoretical frame of several fields, such as social psychology, pedagogy, communication theory, higher education management and scientrometrics.

These projects are carried out by our Social Communication Research Group at the Faculty of Education and Psychology in Eötvös Loránd University, the leading university of Hungary. The chair of our Research Group is Dr. habil György Fábri PhD, associate professor of ELTE. He launched the first Hungarian university ranking (UnivPress Ranking) in 2001, and later served as Vice President of ELTE for five years (2010-2014). He published lot of articles and a monograph about higher education rankings.

The UnivPress Ranking is published in the most popular Hungarian weekly magazine every year. We provide national rankings using students’ and teachers’ data including all Hungarian higher education institutes.

We also offer undergraduate, graduate and PhD courses in this field at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary).

UnivPress Ranking 2017 – Excellence of Students

UnivPress Ranking 2017 – Excellence of Students

Headline, Results
The positions of faculties show a very stabile tendency: on the first ranking places we find the leading universities of Hungary's capitol. The No. 1 is the Corvinus University of Budapest Business School, since 2012, but in this period the other members of the TOP10 are similar too: three institutes (Faculty of Humanities, of Education and Psychology, of Law) belong to Eotvos Lorand University, three (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, of Mechanical Engineering, of of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology) belong to Budapest University of Technology and Economics. And the latest results: (more…)
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University Rankings as a Special and Highly Effective Form of Communicating Scientific Excellence*

University Rankings as a Special and Highly Effective Form of Communicating Scientific Excellence*

Headline, Studies
Excellent scientists or scientific products represented scientific excellence for lay audiences and the media traditionally. The Zeitgeistof accountability and affordability has amplified the role of various rankings in this. Among the lists of citations, impact factors, publication indexes, etc., the university rankings raise the highest interest in the media and among science policy makers as well. The actors of science need to be able to recognize the nature of these rankings, beyond the methodological dynamics and problems. Because rankings are not mainly about higher education performance. These rankings show society’s media centered nature and its effect on the academic world. In this context there is a direct lesson for science communication: rankings are the media phenomenon of a postmodern mass democracy. They are considered postmodernbecause scientific and instructional performance as…
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Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2018: results

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THE came out with the ranking of the best Japanese universities for 2018. The complete list is available here. Kyoto University tops the list alongside with the University of Tokyo. The metrics are slightly different this year, focusing more on the student-factor, such as the share of international students and the number of students in international exchange programmes. It also caused a drop for Tohoku University from the second to the third place. Source: Times Higher Education 28/03/18
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