Europe in QS World University Rankings 2014/15

While US and British institutions dominate the upper layers of the QS World University Rankings, the very different higher education systems of continental Europe emerge here as significant and well-rounded competitors. As in 2013, the top continental institutions are the German and French-speaking arms of the Swiss federal university system, ETH Zurich and EPFL respectively.[…]

Asia in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15

The QS World University Rankings for 2014/15 suggest that although Asia has many excellent universities, its top institutions still cannot vie with the big hitters of Europe and North America. The top 200 ranked institutions include 33 in Asia. As the only nation in the region with a truly developed economy, it is no surprise[…]


Global Release Presentation – QSWUR 2014/15

On the 16th of September 2014 we presented the 10th Anniversary edition of the QS World University Rankings. Below you will find the presentation delivered by Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit. [av_promobox button=’yes’ label=’Click here!’ link=’manually,!137&app=PowerPoint&authkey=!AHPigxlu5TzA0sM&&wdSlideId=432&wdModeSwitchTime=1411483708545′ link_target=’_blank’ color=’orange’ custom_bg=’#444444′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ size=’large’ icon_select=’no’ icon=’25’] The full results of the 2014/2015 QS World University[…]


2013/14 QS Best Student Cities Map

Which city is the best in the world for students? To answer this question QS launched the 2013/14 QS Best Student Cities. For second year in a row, Paris tops the list, closely followed by London. The map below shows the top 50, highlighting the top 10 cities. [av_promobox button=’yes’ label=’Click here’ link=’manually,′ link_target=” color=’orange’[…]


The impact of mobile researchers

The OECD recently published the “Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard: Innovation for Growth 2013“. This report confirms that internationalisation and quality scientific knowledge have a positive correlation. The charts below clearly show that those researchers ‘daring’ to cross the national borders have a higher impact than the rest of them. According to the publication “on[…]


Oxford vice-chancellor challenges tuition fee cap

According to a recent article published by The Guardian, Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, suggested that the cap on tuition fees is not the best for the British higher education system. “The idea of a market – and that is what is ostensibly being created – in which every item, virtually[…]


Dealing with social media: follow the leaders

Times are changing, and so do the ways universities communicate their activities to the world. Although traditional channels still matter, Twitter, Facebook and other services are key features in any serious communication strategy. But, how are universities doing in social media? To answer this question –or, properly speaking, to satisfy our own curiosity- we extracted[…]

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Teaching quality and research influence: how regions compare

The Faculty Student and the Citations per Faculty indicators are two important components of the QS World University Rankings. They are proxies for the teaching quality and the research influence achieved by each evaluated university.

The following scatter charts combine these two indicators, showing how institutions from different regions are performing. The horizontal axis represents ‘Teaching Quality’ while the vertical axis displays the ‘Research Influence’ results. In both cases we used the scores extracted from the 2013 rankings, which can take a value from 1 to 100.

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Shanghai Jiao Tong university rankings are out

The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released on August 15th, 2013 by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. As expected, Harvard took the leading position. Eight universities hailing from the US  dominate the top 10, with the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford being the only[…]