Reviews in the BIG Japanese newspapers

The Japanese translation of Ranking has been reviewed in the three big
Japanese daily newspapers. As my colleague, Noriko Sugimori wrote me, Asahi
is Japan’s New York Times. Nikkei is Japan’s Wall Street Journal. Youmiuri
has the largest paper circulation in the world. For the reviews and her
rough translation, see:
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Ranking of Undergraduate Institution based on the Numbers of Nobel Prize winners

Forbes published an article of Jonathan Wai, who gave a new ranking of (not necessarily purely) undergraduate institutions based on the number of Nobel prize winners. Of course, only a small number of schools nurtured Nobel prize winners, the paper discusses the pros and cons of this ranking. (Dr. Wai: Thank you for the nice citation of my Ranking book.)

World University Rankings 2021

The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators, which are separated into five categories: 30 percent teaching (the learning environment); 30 percent research (volume, income and reputation); 30 percent citations (research influence); 7.5 percent international outlook (staff, students and research); and 2.5 percent industry income (knowledge transfer).!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

We all know that the weights are far from being objective, but we also know that they are not random. So, we cannot do better just to navigate between objectivity and subjectivity!

Top 100 Most Influential Economists in the World (2020)

A new Top 100 list was published by Richtopia: The list is admittedly reflects social influences measured by digital reputation. Paul Krugman looks to be the clear winner.

Here are the details

As you may know, I think “There are three different dimension of your reputation: who you ARE, who YOU SAY you are, who PEOPLE SAY you are. The first characterize your personality and identity; the second reflects your communication strategy, and expresses how you would like to be seen (as the cat says, ”I would like to be seen as a lion”; the third says how other stakeholders participate in the game describe you and your activity.”

Like it or not, ranking is with us.


  • German: invoice paid April 2020, author share to show in December
    statement. Die Welt der Rankings: Wie Sie Vergleiche, Bewertungen und Ranglisten richtig deuten (German Edition) Kindle Edition
  • Korean: invoice paid April 2020, author share to show in December
  • Simplified Chinese: invoiced in May 2020, not yet paid.
  • Japanese: invoiced in June 2020, not yet paid.
  • Hungarian: MTA Könyv- és Folyóirat-kiadó Bizottsága 2020. évi könyvkiadási támogatás Érdi Péter: Rangsorolás. Össznépirangsoroló játékaink íratlan szabályai Typotex Elektronikus Kiadó Kft. xxx xxx Ft

Thank you!

I would like to thank you my friend, Fanji Gu, that he translated Ranking to Chinese (with simple character.) The book will be published by Shanghai Educational Publishing House. Special thanks to the Publisher/Editor of the book Wei Huang, who liked the book, and supported the translation.