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Teaching and research at the global level, excellent staff, a high level of internationalization, active participation in global scientific networking, cooperation with business and labor market - these are the features the university, so that they are able to meet the challenges of our time.  Perspektywy University Ranking 2016 just indicates it.  

In an era in which more and more we often ask the question if it is worth to study Perspektywy emphasizes forcefully: education is the key to a better future. And consistently it shows those who are eductaed at the highest level and prepare their graduates to work and life best in a changing world. We treat it as our mission.

Eeach year, tens of thousands of young Poles are faced with a decision: what and where to study? Which university has not only interesting field of studies, but also the best academic teachers, contacts with business, extensive foreign exchange. It is a decision on the importance of their future, and the ranking is a guidepost. Therefore, we prepare it carefully, aware of our responsibility towards customers. We have two objectives: we want to help secondary school graduates in making the best choices, we also want to build a culture of quality in Polish universities.

Ranking of universities is not just a tool that - wisely used - can help secondary school graduates and their parents in the educational choices. Ranking is also a compendium of knowledge about the current state of Polish higher education - a panoramic photo taken here and now, of our universities and their ambitions with a different, but coincidentally selected perspectives.

The ranking describes ideal vision of Polish university - model, which annually the Ranking Board adapts to the changing reality. In this sense, the ranking can be a guidepost for the university. It tells them - based on knowledge of members of the Board through ongoing analysis of trends in the rankings in the world and the wisdom accumulated over 17 years of experience - how higher education institutions should be profiling in future, what aspects of the business to expand, what to prioritize. The ranking is treated as an important impulse for building a quality culture at the university.

Perspektywy University Ranking 2016 is recognized not only in the Polish academic environment, but it is also highly appreciated abroad. The multiplicity of criteria groups, their composition, the percentage weights effort to use as many "hard" data are unique. And more and more they are often used as a source of inspiration in the creation of the national rankings in other countries.

We are not satisfied with what is easiest to measure. Despite the difficulties in handing over key aspects of the functioning of the university, we try to define them. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we have to modify the previously adopted methodological assumptions.

Criteria and weight

In the preparation of a professional ranking most important is to establish clear criteria, proper data collection procedure and transparent presentation of the results.

Introduction of any modifications of criteria and addition of a new one is always preceded by a extensive study done in consultation with competent experts and institutions.

A jury consisting of representatives of major academics and employers of graduates ensures the correctness, reliability and drawing up of ranking procedures. The role of the Board is to determine methodology, supervise the procedure approval and announcement of the results. The Board have worked under the guidance of Prof. Michal Kleiber, former President of the Polish Academy of Sciences and former Minister of Science and Information Technology.

The Board established the rules of the rankings, and Perspektywy Education Foundation conducted the process of compilation and verification of the data. The Board approved the results and made them public on. Perspektywy Education Foundation made it June 8, 2016.

From many perspectives

Ranking of universities includes four rankings reflecting the diversity of missions performed by main groups of Polish universities. These are:

  • Perspektywy University Ranking covering all (except art) universities in the country (public and private) with right to confer habilitation or doctoral degrees. Perspektywy also present rankings of individual types of academic institutions separated from this classification.
  • Perspektywy Private Master Level University Ranking, 20 of which also have the the right to confer PhD, and 4 have the right to habilitation!
  • State Higher Vocational Colleges, which we publish in this year for the tenth time.
  • Ranking of HEIs consists of six groups of criteria: prestige, academic potential, academic effectiveness, innovation, learning and teaching conditions and the internationalization of studies. Other rankings consist of five groups of criteria: prestige, academic potential, innovation, learning conditions and the internationalization of studies. Please note that the criteria are included in various rankings of different weights.

  • Fields of Study Ranking includes in 2015 47 major fields of study or groups of fields of study. Perspektywy Education Foundation is convinced that the rankings of fields of study are very helpful to candidates for study because it also indicates the strengths of the university. Every year Perspektywy develops this part of the ranking, in order to show the secondary school graduates where to study, which diploma has the highest prestige.

INDICATOR examines prestige

Among the criteria PRESTIGE the results of the evaluation of institutions by employers were presented once again. Rating of universities made by employers is a strong ranking criterion, because graduates are assesed- the main "product" of universities. Perspektywy took this criterion into account with the weight of 12%.

Special awards

The Ranking Board also gave special awards to universities, which in the analysed year noted special progress. This year we it decided to give the Promotion Award 2016 in two categories:

  • In the group of academic HEIs the award was granted to the University of Silesia, which moved 4 places up (from 17th to 13th).
  • In the group of private Master level universities the award was granted to graduate Wojciech Korfanty Silesian School of Economics in Katowice which moved up by 3 positions (up from 12th to 9th).

Rankings of excellence

One of the results of our ranking is to create a map of excellence of Polish higher education in 27 key areas (because we take into account so many criteria). It is very important to know the candidates, therefore in press release of the Ranking Board we indicate the best universities in the main sets of criteria, among others:

  • scientific potential (UJ)
  • internationalization (ALK)
  • academic effectiveness (UW)
  • academic prestige (UJ)
  • Employer reputation (UW)
  • publications and citations (GUM)
  • Innovation (PL)

Winners of the Ranking

In the "eternal" duel at the top this year the University of Warsaw won (100%), ahead by 1.8% Jagiellonian University (98.2), third place belongs again to Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (82.3%).

Just behind the three universities, a strong group are the three best Polish technical universities: Warsaw University of Technology (81.7%), Wrocław University of Technology (77.3%), closely followed by the excellent Stanislaw Staszic University of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow (77.2%).

In the group of non-public universities again congratulations are for the Kozminski University, which this year defended the title of the best non-public university in Poland.

Shortly after there are SWPS University, the third Polish-Japanese University of Technology in Warsaw. Congratulations on winning the top three!

In the State Higher Vocational Colleges, first place went to the Pope John Paul II State Higher School in Biala Podlaska.

We thank all who join us to create this seventeenth edition of the ranking.

Congratulations to all the winners. To these "traditional" ones, which have maintained the highest standards of education and scientific research for years, and these new ones, which have made the jump in the clasification thanks to the huge effort and commitment of the entire academic community. Congratulations to all winners and prized – they deserve great appreciation.

So, as each year, for 17 years: Vivat Academia, vivant professores!

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