On June 23-24, 2022, the University of Warsaw will host the participants of the IREG 2022 conference “Academic Rankings at the Crossroads”. The conference organized by IREG (International Ranking Expert Group) Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, along with the authors of the main international rankings (THE, US News, QS, Webometics, U-Multirank, Leiden), will be attended by world experts in higher education and representatives of universities from around the world.
The organizers of the event emphasize, that the rankings have grown in importance in the last 20 years, but now they are at a crossroads. The pandemic and the war in Ukraine will have a lasting impact on higher education and its internationalization. Student mobility may decline or change direction; research cooperation may face new political barriers. All of this will have an impact on the rankings as well.
Therefore, the participants of the conference will look for answers to the questions: To what extent do rankings help and to what extent do they harm higher education? What are their strengths and weaknesses as tools for evaluating higher education?