ARWU 2003-2017. An Infographic

Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) is a list of top Universities published every year since 2003 by ShanghaiRankings Consultancy. It is also one of the oldest if not the oldest Ranking tables for World’s top Universities.

We had a look at the 2003-2017 and we put together a nice infographic. Until 2016 ShanghaiRankings COnsultancy was listing the top 500 Universities in the World. In the latest tables the top 800 Universities are included. Although we do not consider ourselves experts in World Higher Education, it is obvious from the analysis that:

– Quality of Higher Education Institutions has improved over the years. Since 2003 the number of countries with at least 1 University appearing on the tables has increase gradually (from 39 in 2003 to 45 up to 2016 and to 56 in the 2017 tables).

– Some countries have seen the number of their Universities remaining more or less the same. For example there were 42 German Universities in the 2003 tables and 38 Universities in 2016 tables. UK Universities show a similar trend.

– Other countries have seen the number of their Universities declining. There were 38 Japanese Universities in the 2003 tables. In 2016 only 16 Universities from Japan were in the top 500 Universities.

– A few countries have seen the number of their Universities increasing. In 2003 Australia had 13 Universities in the top 500. In 2016 23 Australian Universities made it to the top 500 world Universities. Higher Education in China has seen major improvement since 2003. In 2003 ARWU tables only 8 Universities were included in the world’s top 500 Universities. In 2016 41 Chinese Universities made it to the top 500. In 2017 ARWU tables China is in 2nd place in terms of number of Universities, followed by UK and Germany.

– Since 2003 the percentage of Universities from the OECD member countries in the ARWU tables has been declining (from 93% in 2003 to 77% in 2017). BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa- have seen a gradual increase in the number of Universities ( from 4% in 2003 to 15% in 2017). Also more Universities from countries that are not in the OECD or BRICS made it to tables (from 2.6 % in 2003 to 7% in 2017). More Universities from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Thailand can be seen in the World’s top Universities of the last few years.

– The increase in the quality of Higher Education in Asia is also obvious from our final pie chart of our infographic. There are more Asian Universities in the latest ARWU rakings than Universities from North America. European Universities are still in the 1st place.

The increase in the number of Universities from China making it to the World’s top Universities has been highlighted before in our analysis-infographic of the World University rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and in our infographic-analysis of the World University Rankings published by Times Higher Education

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QS World University Rankings 2015-2018. An Infographic

We love data. And because we love data we are trying to make interesting infographics describing trends in global education. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is an independent organisation specialising in global education. Every year they publish the World University Rankings, a table with the best Universities in the world. We created an infographic that includes data from the latest table and also all the World University Rankings since 2015.

The trends show an increase in quality of higher education in Asia with an increase in the numbers of Universities from Japan and China. China is currently in the 6th place in terms of numbers of Universities appearing in the latest tables and has recently surpassed Australia. While China had only 27 Universities in the tables published in 2015, today there are 40 Chinese Universities in the latest World University Rankings. Japan follows the same trend and since 2014 Japanese Universities appearing in the tables have increased from 37 to 43.


World University Rankings 2010-2017. An infographic

Times Higher Education published recently its latest tables with the best Universities in the World.

We love data. So we crunched the data from the last 7 World University Rankings and we present some of our findings in this beautiful infographic. Enjoy!new-piktochart_25193142_f4fb54086f5b4b5919ecce9e1c967290dfaf4239

Academous gets short listed for 2017 GBEA awards!

We are delighted, excited and honoured. Who said that hard work doesn’t pay?

We have recently received an email that we are shortlisted for the Entrepreneur for Good Award for the 2017 Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The awards are powered by Natwest in collaboration with Entrpreneurial Spark aka Espark, the world’s largest free business accelerator. Esparks is based in the UK and operates in 14 locations across the UK.


The winners from each category will be announced in the final Gala, that takes place on the 14th of November 2017.

Fingers crossed!

If you want to find more updates about our nomination for the awards and about Academous in general, you can find us on twitter and facebook.

Thank you very much! You ‘ve been fantastic and we hope you enjoyed it!

2018 THEunirankings vs 2017 THEunirankings. An infographic comparison.

This week Times Higher Education published the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings with the top 1102 Universities in the world. We compared the 2017 and 2018 tables and we made this nice infographic. Enjoy!

Our first month in Esparks Manchester business accelerator

Before we talk about us, let’s talk about you. Some of the things below might or might not apply to you but are based on other entrepreneurs’ reflections and opinions.

  • You have a business idea. Very nice!
  • You work full time on your business idea from home but working from home can be very distracting. We know…
  • You have worked for a while on your business idea. You have done a lot of things; from setting up the company, designing and building your company’s website, designing the digital marketing strategy. Still something might be missing in order for your idea to fly.
  • As an entrepreneur you feel isolated;  your friends do not understand what you are trying to achieve because they have a 9-5 job. They are asking you how is it going with your business every week – out of interest- but you don’t have anything new to say because things don’t happen overnight.
  • You think it is difficult to find like minded people to exchange ideas.
  • You have worked so hard and now  you are stuck and you need some piece of advice of how to proceed with your business. Ideally for free.

First of all, nobody said that building your own company is going to be easy. As we said before when it comes to companies for every success story, there are also a lot more that failed. If it makes you feel any better, you are not on your own; there is a high possibility that entrepreneurs are facing or are going to face at least one or more of the above bullet points, especially when their business is at an early stage.

But don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever because…. there might be some light at the end of the tunnel. Have you heard before of business accelerators? According to the last report on business accelerators and incubators across the UK, accelerators support  young businesses through the early and fragile stages of growth.

It is often the case that a business has to pay its way in with cash or equity in order to be part of an accelerator or incubator. But that is not the always the case. There is at least one group of Business Accelerators in different cities across the UK that actually is completely free to participate.Entrepreneurial Spark is powered by Natwest. We applied for the 3 month Sprinter Programme in the Esparks Manchester Hub in January and we got accepted in May.

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So far it has been amazing! First of all, you realize that you are not on your own and other business owners face the same obstacles like you. Or even better they have already faced them and you can get some piece of constructive advice. We are already one month in our Sprint Programme and it is very obvious to us that the people of Esparks Manchester Hub are putting a lot of effort in order to create a Programme tailored to the needs of the businesses accepted in the accelerator. So the Programme is continuously evolving and adjusting its self according to the needs of the entrepreneurs.

But if we could summarize the perks of joining Esparks Manchester Hub, that would be;

  • You can get business training.  From developing a positive mindset to pitching.
  • You can at last network with like minded people in an informal environment.
  • You get support and advice. From other business owners to business advisors and mentors- when you are in a later stage. They help you and you…can pay it forward by helping other people.
  • You can get work space and internet access.
  • You have to set goals and you work on achieving your own goals within the time frame you have set. You are also held accountable for achieving your goals.
  • You can get access to investment -when you are in a later stage.
  • You can get technical, legal and financial advice from Esparks Partners such as KPMG, Dell and Pinsent Masons.
  • Last but not least. You get coffee!

So basically you get what you might have been lacking so far; some structure – plus coffee. And all that for free! Yes, you ‘ve heard correct! You don’t have to pay anything!

We would definitely recommend it, if you are in the beginning of setting your own business and you feel a bit lost. Even if you don’t feel lost, we would still recommend it. It is impossible to know everything your business idea needs in order to grow.

Thank you very much! You ‘ve been fantastic and we hope you enjoyed it!

We will keep on GODOing!