The growing attention to academic rankings led to a rapid growth in the number and kind of rankings. Like in the previous meetings of IREG also this meeting is going to identify and present new developments in national, regional and international rankings.
It is worthy to keep in mind what such internationally renowned scholar of higher education as Philip Altbach pointed out at the World Conference on Higher Education (UNESCO, Paris, July 2009) when referring to rankings in the context of main trends in higher education; "rankings need to be taken seriously". He also mention that "rankings do not push for a competition among higher education institutions (as its critics like to argue) but they reflect growing global competition in higher education". IREG-5 is going to give a good opportunity to have a serious look at the current developments in academic rankings contributing also to a better understanding of a global competition in higher education. Participants of the conference will have first hand access to leading practitioners and world-recognized experts on university ranking, bibliometric and quality assessment of higher education.