AIR Conference: Rankings and college-bound students

The annual Association for Institutional Research Conference kicked off in Long Beach California last week, with institutional researchers descending into the city to listen to topics ranging from domestic rankings, retention rates, and yield. As always the opening reception was themed, this year’s tropical theme was accompanied by steel drums, shell leis, and hyacinths. Although[…]


Launch of the QS Rankosium Workshop

Recent years have seen a concerted effort from universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to improve standards in higher education and research, and to gain recognition on the international stage. In acknowledgement of this, QS and Russia’s Ural Federal University are pleased to announce the launch of the QS Rankosium Workshop. Universities face a[…]

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An Erasmus Experience…

The Erasmus programme, in my opinion, is one of the great success stories of the European Union for the undisputed benefits it provides to the society investing in Europe’s youth, investing in the future.

Personally if I hadn’t received an Erasmus Placement grant, now I couldn’t be in London working as an intern for one of the most important enterprise in the educational field like QS, which shares with the Erasmus programme the same mission of helping individuals fulfill their potential through fostering international mobility, educational achievement and career development. I am really grateful for this awesome opportunity that gives me the chance to live in London, a melting pot of different cultures and traditions, and also work in a multicultural environment with colleagues from all over the world.



Highest ever satisfaction ratings for UK universities since records began

An annual poll has found that students studying at UK universities are more satisfied with their universities than at any time over the past eight years.

The National Student Survey (NSS), carried out every year since 2005, measures the responses of students at 154 higher education institutions, as well as a slightly smaller number of further education colleges.

The survey asks final year undergraduate students how satisfied they are with various aspects of their university experience, with 30 questions asked in total. Teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organization and management, learning resources, personal development, overall satisfaction and access to health facilities are covered by the questions, and this year students were also asked how satisfied they were with their students’ union for the first time. […]

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Looking west: Universities on America’s Pacific coast

Aside from the UK’s University of Cambridge (number one in 2010 and 2011), only two universities have topped the QS World University Rankings. Harvard University, which held on to the top spot between 2004 and 2009 (it is number three this year), and this year’s first time table-topper, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The two are very different in a lot of ways.  While it’s hardly a young upstart, MIT is less than half of the age of the US’s oldest institution, and in terms of its student body, it is also only around half the size. Its technological focus – though it is actually a comprehensive university – also makes it stand out, with almost 60% of undergraduate and 45% of graduate students studying at its college of engineering. […]


2012/13 World University Rankings: More students than ever studying abroad

One of the most notable trends in the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings is the massive increase in the number of international students in the world’s highest ranked universities. The total figure has increased by 10 percent at the top 100 universities. This is the biggest rise in the history of the rankings.

And it’s not just the top 100 either. On average, universities in the top 700 now play host to nearly 4% more international students. And when you consider that a record 72 countries are represented, you can really see that, quite simply, more students are studying in more countries.

The rankings can only cover a fraction of the world’s universities, however. For a fuller picture we can look at data released by the OECD (an international trade and research organization), which reveals that in 2010 4.1 million students were studying abroad. This is a rise of 0.4 million since 2009, and truly stunning increase of 99% since 2000. It is predicted that the figure could rise to seven million by 2020. […]


Academics give their verdict: reputational rankings by faculty area

Since 2005 QS has published reputational rankings in five core faculty areas as a companion to the overall QS World University Rankings®.

These rankings are based entirely on the responses of the QS academic reputation survey, which this year drew on the views of a record 48,000 academics worldwide.

As such, they offer an undiluted insight into the expert views of the global academic community, who were asked to identify the universities that are currently producing world-leading research within their field and region of expertise.

They are distinct from the QS World University Rankings by Subject, now published annually, which cover 29 individual disciplines using a combination of three indicators.

The rationale behind the survey is simple: academics are by definition those best qualified to judge the quality of research within their field of expertise. […]