Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

New Partner for THE World University Rankings

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

New Partner for THE World University Rankings

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A new data partner has been announced as part of a set of changes to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, in a move designed to allow for deeper analysis of global university performance.

The methodology of the influential rankings is being broadly preserved, with criteria assessing universities on their research, knowledge transfer, international outlook and teaching environment.

However, starting in 2015, all the institutional data used to create the rankings will be collected in-house, while research publication data will be sourced from Elsevier's Scopus database. These citation data were previously provided by Thomson Reuters.

The changes are intended to allow greater depth of analysis across a wider range of institutions, including those in emerging economies.

THE will also draw on SciVal, Elsevier's research metrics analysis tool, opening up new avenues for research performance metrics and analysis.

In another change, THE will take responsibility for the administration and ownership of the annual global academic reputation survey, which fuels the flagship ranking and the THE World Reputation Rankings.

Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings, said: "The new arrangements will allow THE to become more accountable for its rankings data and to develop wider, deeper and richer coverage of the rapidly changing global research landscape. …

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