Methodology

EUROPEAN RANKING OF ENGINEERING STUDIES
(pilot version 2019)

MISSION AND STAKEHOLDERS

European Ranking of Engineering Studies (EngiRank) will assess and classify European universities of technology (institutional ranking); it will also compare programmes in the main engineering disciplines (ranking by subject). The purpose and mission of this ranking is to popularize most effective engineering teaching methods that will satisfy the professional needs of the main stakeholders.

The principal stakeholders of the ranking are:

  • Prospective students and their parents – EngiRank will help select the desired field of study,
  • Employers and research institutions – EngiRank will help find and recruit best educated graduates,
  • University managers – EngiRank will help monitor reforms and increase the quality of education,
  • Policy makers – EngiRank will facilitate decision making on financing research.

GENERAL ASSUMPTIONS

European Ranking of Engineering Studies (EngiRank) will use external data sources in assessing institutions. The disciplines are grouped according to the 2014 OECD (FOS) classification.

The rankings by subject will cover ten disciplines of the ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY:

  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Medical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Nano-technology

The pilot “institutional” ranking and rankings “by subject” will cover some 100 institutions in the countries that joined the European Union on or after 2004 (the New Europe group): Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Croatia.

ENTRY THRESHOLD

In order to qualify, an institution must meet two basic entry criteria:

  1. Must have its SciVal tool profile allowing for computing and analyzing of publications in the Scopus database.
  2. Publications within ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY group (according to the FOS classification) must represent at least 25% of all institution’s research output.

Additional entry criterion:

  1. Be listed in the European Engineering Education Database (EEED) run by the European Association of Engineering Organizations (FEANI).

 

METHODOLOGY – CRITERIA AND INDICATORS

RESEARCH EFFECTIVENESS

  • Publications – number of publication in the SCOPUS database 2014 – 2018 in relation to the total number of authors. Source: SciVal
  • Citations – number of citation in the SCOPUS database 2014 – 2018. Source: SciVal
  • FWCI (Field-Weighted Citation Impact) – relation of citations attributed to a publication to the average number of citations by similar publication in the SCOPUS database 2014 – 2018. Source: SciVal
  • Academic-Corporate Collaboration – number of joint publications by an institution and companies in the SCOPUS database 2014 -2018. Source: SciVal.

INNOVATION

  • External funding for research – value of projects done within Horizon 2020 EU Research & Innovation Programme 2014 – 2018: Source: Horizon 2020 data base
  • Patents – a number of patents registered at the European Patent Office: Source: EPO-PATSTAT.

TEACHING & LEARNING

  • Student-Staff ratio – a number of students to the number of teaching staff
    Source: Data from statistical systems
  • Engineering Accreditations – a number of valid accreditations by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education(ENAEE) and/or other
    Source: Databases of ENAEE, ABET, RIBA and other.

REPUTATION

  • National recognition – measured by institution’s position in national rankings (If there are no rankings published in a country, the data of the Webometrics will be used instead). Source: Rankings’ websites.

INTERNATIONALIZATION

  • International students – measured by the ratio of foreign students to the total number of students. Source: data from statistical systems
  • Foreign teaching staff – measured by the ratio of the number of international staff to the total number of full-time teaching staff. Source: data from statistical systems
  • Student exchange (outbound) – measured by the ratio of outbound students of the Erasmus+ program to the total number of students in the academic year 2017/18. Source: Data from the statistics of the Erasmus+ program
  • Student exchange (inbound) – measured by the ratio of inbound students of the Erasmus+ program to the total number of students in the academic year 2017/18. Source: Data from the statistics of the Erasmus+ program
  • Student internships – a number of student internships in academic year 2017/18. Source: Data from the statistics of the Erasmus+ program
  • ICI (International Collaboration Impact) – measured by the number of citations in publications with a foreign co-author in 2014-2018. Source: SciVal.

Note: The pilot version will be published by the end of 2019.