Program and Speakers

University Rankings – Reflections from Social Sciences and Humanities

International Ranking Conference in Budapest, Eötvös Loránd University

31 March – 2 April, 2020

Tuesday 31 March

19.00 Welcome reception

Wednesday 1 April

9.00–9.50 Opening Ceremony: Rankings and the Decision-Makers

Prof. Luiz Claudio COSTA, International Ranking Expert Group, Brazil

Prof. László PALKOVICS, Minister for Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Prof. Laszlo BORHY, Rector, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

9.50–10.30 Are There Theories of Rankings?- Keynote

              The Hidden Theoretical Underpinnings of the University Ranking Discourse – Keynote

Prof. Ulrich TEICHLER, University of Kassel, Germany

10.30–10.50 Coffee Break

10.50–11.50 Meeting of Three Cultures: Universities, Rankings and the Social-Economic Environment – Presentations and Roundtable Discussion


Dr. Csilla STEGER, PwC, Hungary

Bartlomiej BANASZAK, Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland

Dr. Prof. Adam TÖRÖK, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Orsolya JÁNOSIK, TEMPUS Hungary

11.50–12.10 The “Engi-Rank” – Presentation

Waldemar SIWINSKI, Perspektiwy Ranking, International Ranking Expert Group, Poland

12.10–12.30 Ranking of the University Sport – Presentation

Mozes SZÉKELY, International University Sports Federation (FISU)

12.30–14.00 Lunch

14.00–16.00 Theoretical Approaches to Excellence – Keynotes

              The internal structure and predictors of scientific excellence – Keynote

Prof. Csaba PLÉH, Central European University, Budapest

              The Excellence and the Numbers – Metrics and Science – Keynote

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang GLÄNZEL, KU Leuven, Belgium

              Inversions of Measurement: We Value What We Rank – Keynote

Prof. Theodore PORTER, UCLA, USA

16.00–16.30 Coffee Break

16.30–17.30 Reflections of Ranking Providers I. – Roundtable Discussion


Gero FEDERKEIL, U-Multirank CHE, Germany

Prof. Nian Cai LIU, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ARWU, China

Leigh Kamolins, QS Ranking, UK

19.00–22.00 Social Event, Gala Dinner

Thursday 2 April

9.00–11.00 Rankings as Social Phenomena Keynotes and Roundtable discussions

The evolution of the social game we all play – Keynote

Prof. Peter ERDI, Kalamazoo College; Wigner Research Centre for Physics, USA

Global Rankings from a Historical-Sociological Perspective – Roundtable Discussion


Dr. Jelena BRANKOVICH, Bielefeld University, Germany

Dr. Leopold RINGEL, Bielefeld University, Germany

Prof. Tobias WERRON, Bielefeld University, Germany

Universities as Knowledge-Institutions in the Ranking Games – Presentations and Roundtable Discussion


Prof. Mircea DUMITRU, University of Bucharest, Romania

Prof. Mirko Degli ESPOSTI, University of Bologna, Italy

Dr. Habib M. FARDOUN, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Zuzanna GORENSTEIN, German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), Germany

Gergő PAPP, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

11.00–11.20 Coffee Break

11.20–12.40 Rankings as Media Phenomena Keynotes

              Crisis, Conflict and University Rankings – Keynote

Dr. Richard HOLMES, University Ranking Watch, USA

              Measured or Communicated? – Keynote

Dr. György FÁBRI, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

12.40–13.40 Reflections of Ranking Providers II. Roundtable discussion


Dora CZIRFUSZ, Eötvös Loránd University, UnivPress Ranking, Hungary

Nicolas CLETZ, Times Higher Education Ranking, UK

Michail MYGAKOV, RAER Ranking, Russia

Robert J. MORSE, US News Ranking, USA

13.40–14.00 Closing Reflections

Prof. Luiz Claudio COSTA, International Ranking Expert Group, Brazil

14.00–15.00 Farewell Lunch