The rating of the Universities of Azerbaijan has been improved
Six Universities were included into the regional rankings.
It is well known that global ratings are important in recent years as an important indicator of the academic performance of universities. Employers across the globe also try to get more information about graduates of this or another university by referring to ratings. Given that the higher education market is currently considered to be one of the key sectors of the economy, it is almost certain that representation of our universities at regional level is a prestige of our universities and is a guarantee for our graduates for high quality jobs in the labour market.
Recently the UK's “Quacquarelli Symonds” agency has announced the rating of the best universities in the region by 2017-2018 of "Undeveloped countries of Europe and Central Asia" (QS EECA University Rankings 2018) and it drew attention to this theme once again. It is gratifying that there are 6 universities in Azerbaijan included in the regional ranking list, which includes 300 high schools from 24 countries. It is remarkable that the number of universities represented in the ranking is growing.
The Baku State University leads the Azerbaijani universities in the ranking.
BSU (95th) and Khazar University (100th) were among the top 100 universities. Our other universities entered the rating in the following sequence: Azerbaijan State Economic University (161-170), Azerbaijan State University of Architecture and Construction (171-180), Azerbaijan University of Languages (171-180), Baku Slavic University (201-250).
Looking at the ranking of our high schools, we can see that our universities have a high profile among academics and employers. The analysis of the ranking shows that BSU has 58.7 per cent of "academic reputation" category, 37.5 per cent for "employer reputation" category, 32.1 per teacher-student ratio, 20 per cent in foreign teacher category, 11.8 in foreign student's category, publishing of professor-teacher staff 12.4 for the degree of activity, 69.1 on the number of academic staff, and 17.2 according to the number of references to scientific articles.
Khazar University has 43.5 per cent of the "academic reputation" category, 41.4 per cent in the category of "employer reputation" category, 35.4 per teacher-student ratio, 100 per cent of foreign students, 74 per cent of foreign students, and 1.7 per cent of academic staff publications 75.8 points on the number of employees.
Last year, UNEC, which ranks 5th in the ranking of Azerbaijani universities, has grown by two places and has become the third-ranked Azerbaijani university. UNEC has scored 34.1 points on the "academic reputation" criteria. The "high profile" of the high school "rate of employers" was estimated at 39.9 points this year. The number of foreign teachers was 13.3 on the proportion of local teachers and 18.9 in the number of academic staff.
Observations show that our higher education institutions should achieve the highest quality ratings in the English language and have a stronger focus on the quality and quantity of articles published in English-language scientific publications, and should focus on student mobility and extend the experience exchange with rated universities.
© Newspaper “Azərbaycan müəllimi” 2017