QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

BACKGROUND
  • QS Originally began the process of ranking universities internationally by identifying the primary on world-class universities: research quality, graduate employability, teaching, experience, and international outlook. It then sought ways of measuring each of these.

  • QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

  • Previously known as Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings, the publisher had collaborated with Times Higher Education (THE) magazine to publish its international league tables from 2004 to 2009 before both started to announce their own versions.

  • QS then chose to continue using the pre-existing methodology, while THE adopted a new methodology to create their rankings.

REQUIREMENT

The QS World University Ranking compiles information using the following six simple metrics that effectively capture university performance

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • Faculty/Student Ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • International Faculty Ratio
  • International Student Ratio
Sr INDICATOR WEIGHTING ELABORATION
1 Academic Reputation 40% Based on an internal global academic survey
2 Employer Reputation 20% A measurement of teaching commitment
3 Faculty/Student Ratio 20% A measurement of research impact
4 Citations per faculty 10% Based on a survey of graduate employers
5 International Faculty Ratio 5% A measurement of the diversity of the student community
6 International Student Ratio 5% A measurement of the diversity of the academic staff
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

All universities in the world with a strong commitment to sustainability issues can participate in the QS World University Rankings.

Sr CONTENT INDICATORS
1 Academic Reputation Global Academic Peer Review Name, Institution, Job Title & Classification, Department, Years in Academia.
2 Employer Reputation Name, Company, Email, Country/ Territory
3 Faculty/Student Ratio

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) students

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Faculty

4 Citations per faculty This indicator is calculated using data from Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, which contains 47 million records and over 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide.
5 International Faculty Ratio The International Faculty Index is simply based on the proportion of faculty members that are international.
6 International Student Ratio The International Students Index is based on the proportion of students that are international.
COMPARISON: QS WORLD AND ASIAN RANKING
CRITERIA INDICATOR WEIGHTING
Indicator Weight Indicator Weight
Academic Reputation Global Academic Peer Review 40% Asian Academic Peer Review (Academics with knowledge of research in Asian institutions) 30%
Citation Per Faculty 20% Papers Per Faculty 10%
Citations Per Paper 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio Student Faculty Ratio Student Faculty Ratio 15%
Employer reputation Global Employer Review 20% Asian Employer Review (Employers with experience of recruiting from Asian institutions) 20%
International Faculty Ratio/International Student Ratio International Faculty 10% International Faculty 2.5%
International Students 5% International Students 2.5%
Inbound Exchange Students 2.5%
Outbound Exchange Students 2.5%
Staff With PhD 5%


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