For the third time we have participated in the preparation of the ranking of economic universities and departments
Rzeczpospolita daily announced its third ranking of economic universities and departments. Our Institute was a substantive partner of the event also this year.
The Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) was ranked as the best economic university again, followed, as in last year, by the Kozminski University. The third position on the podium was taken by the Poznań University of Economics and Business.
In the case of departments, the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw topped this year’s ranking. The runner-up was the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University, followed by the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza.
The ranking covered all public economic universities as well as non-public universities with the right to award the habilitation degree in economic sciences or the right to conduct doctoral (third cycle) study programmes in the field of economic sciences.
In 2018, the ranking committee, composed of Prof. Elżbieta Mączyńska (Polish Economic Society), Dr. Piotr Dardziński (Ministry of Science and Higher Education), Dr. Olaf Gajl (National Information Processing Institute), Maciej Trybuchowski (Central Securities Depository of Poland, KDPW), Andrzej Jacaszek (Pracodawcy RP, Polish employers’ organisation) compared four categories: i) graduates’ careers, ii) quality of teaching, iii) academic potential and iv) internationalisation of the universities and departments. However, the weights assigned to the categories changed slightly this year, which had an impact on the results. Additional criteria were also added to the categories: when assessing graduates’ careers, the salary growth rates over the year were added, and the average earnings of graduates were compared using weights. When assessing the quality of teaching, the order of criteria was changed. For the first time, the number of external students enrolled for the second cycle programmes was taken into account. Doctoral students and implementation-oriented doctorates were given greater importance. The academic potential was evaluated by comparing scientific achievements (degrees awarded, number of journals published, number of articles from ministerial ranking lists A, B and C), as well as the financial resources allocated for the implementation of research projects or in the form of grants. When assessing the internationalisation, the number of incoming and outgoing (under)graduate and doctoral students as well as teachers was assessed.
The National Information Processing Institute (OPI PIB), as a substantive partner of the ranking, provided the necessary data and information by generating them from the POL-on Information System on Science and Higher Education and from ELA, the system for monitoring the economic trajectories of university graduates. These systems have been created and are managed by OPI PIB. Thanks to the availability of these data, it was possible to forgo surveys at universities, which significantly improved the preparation of the ranking.
The results of the ranking were announced during an official gala, which was held in the seat of Rzeczpospolita daily on 7 November 2018.
The event included a debate entitled “How to prepare economics students for the labour market of the future?”, moderated by Anitę Błaszczak, a Rzeczpospolita journalist. Participants of the debate included: Dr. Katarzyna Kopczewska (Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Warsaw), Prof. Marek Rocki (Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics), Dr. Olaf Gajl (Director of the National Information Processing Institute), Maciej Trybuchowski (President of the Central Securities Depository of Poland), Andrzej Jacaszek (Deputy President of Pracodawcy RP) and Waldemar Zbytek (the Polish Bank Association).
Katarzyna Kopczewska said that modern economics was now also about “advanced mathematics, very advanced models and programming.”
Marek Rocki pointed out that the curriculum should consist of three components: a solid substantive pillar, classes conducted by practitioners, and efforts to shape the attitudes of future graduates.
Currently, IT-related degrees and courses have gained popularity. Graduates of IT-related departments earn much more than graduates of other economic faculties. This is especially true for graduates who already started working while still studying, said Olaf Gajl, Director of the National Information Processing Institute.
Discussion participants agreed that universities should teach thinking and develop certain habits in students while reminding them that learning does not end upon graduation.
In fact, graduates’ way of thinking is the most important criterion when assessing candidates for a job, said Maciej Trybuchowski from the Central Securities Depository of Poland.
For more information about the ranking, please visit the Rzeczpospolita website.