Meet David Reggio, the new face of QS Consulting


Dr. David Reggio has returned to the QS Intelligence Unit, as the new Global Head of Consulting. With a real focus on innovation and relevance to the market, he explains how this service can help your institution: 

D.R.: In a nutshell, QS Consulting offers concrete solutions and insight for HE institutions and related organisations. Each project has a range of stakeholders and we go beyond providing intelligence reports: we conduct a tailored and thorough diagnosis.  Higher education institutions seeking to enhance their strategy and/or improve implementation can benefit from our personalised, bespoke services.

  • Who are the consultants?

D.R.:. There are three leads in the team, including myself. Dr. Shadi Hijazi is the man for marketing and change management, while Jacques de Champchesnel has worked in HE institutions on recruitment strategy and campus development. Between us, we have effected change and gained experience in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  We also have a network of specialists and experts, so, for example, if there is an assignment for which an area of nano-medicine or irradiation is a strategic driver, then we have necessary recourse to the professional in that field for their participation and input. What’s more, consulting is housed in the QS Intelligence Unit, so we have access to tremendous insight, skills-sets, and, of course, data.  We are defined by strong dexterity and fluency not just with higher education per se, but with the horizon of science, technology and society. […]

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QS University Rankings Webinars


The QS Intelligence Unit is pleased to invite you to a series of webinars for each of the regional university rankings on June 13th. These webinars will cover each of the rankings’ methodologies, explain the latest changes and will also include a preview of the results ahead of the launch (June 14th).

These webinars will be presented by the QS Intelligence Unit’s team of analysts and researchers including:

  • Baerbel Eckelmann, Research Manager
  • Dasha Karzunina, International Research Liaison
  • Leonardo Silveira, Researcher
  • Martin Juno, Product Development Manager
  • Fernando Coca Martin-Romo, Analyst
  • Samuel Wong, Senior Researcher

To register, simply click on the links provided and follow the instructions on screen. All times are GMT+1.



QS HE System Strength Rankings

US ranked world’s best national system for higher education provision

QS’s new ranking assesses nations providing best environment for university success

London, 18th May 2016: QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have today released the 2016 instalment of the Higher Education System Strength (HESS) rankings. The ranking, which aims to identify the best national environments for higher education institutions, sees four European nations among the world’s top 10. The United States’ higher education system ranks in first place, ahead of the United Kingdom’s and Germany’s. France (6th) and the Netherlands (7th) join them among the top 10.

The rankings represent a new attempt to use university rankings performance alongside other metrics to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a country’s higher education environment. In doing so, they aim to assist governmental bodies charged with improving their nation’s higher education system to benchmark against competitor nations.

Other key results include:

  • The United States leads the 2016 instalment, with Canada (5th) the other top-10 North American nation;
  • Three of the world’s top 10 are Asian – China (8th), South Korea (9th), and Japan (10th);
  • The Latin American nation with the strongest higher education environment is Argentina (18th); it is the only Latin American nation placing within the top 20;
  • Africa’s best-performing nation is South Africa, in 30th;
  • 50 countries are ranked this year across six continents;
  • Europe is more featured than any other continent, with 22 of its nations providing a top-50 higher education institution.


Market Insight Service

The Market Insight Service by the QS Intelligence Unit

A few months after launching the Market Insight Service, the QS Intelligence Unit interviewed Dasha Karzunina, International Research Liaison, about its benefits for institutions around the world.

How would you describe this new service?

D.K.: The Market Insight Service is essentially a way for universities to access tailored information on a particular challenge, concern or a topic of interest to help them figure out how they should progress towards a resolution. Whilst the main element of this service is the focus groups which lead to qualitative research outcomes, we also offer surveys to provide quantitative elements and back up our findings.

What kind of topic can be covered by the focus groups?

D.K.:  For example, if an institution wants to start a new programme and they want to know whether or not it will appeal to a particular group of students, we could run a focus group with students matching these criteria. This would not only allow us to see what type of program they would be interested but also to find out why they wouldn’t be interested in and what perceived barriers exist. For example, one of our clients, the University of Sydney wanted to recruit more students from India. They felt they needed to reconnect with the region and gain additional information about the motivations of Indian students. With policies and governments changing, students’ expectations get influenced and universities need to be on top of these things when trying to recruit international students. By running focus groups, we helped them understand how they and their country were positioned in the market and what current students were actually looking for. This data can help inform the marketing strategy and implement some key changes into the communication processes.



Making university-industry collaborations work

In the popular post Busting five myths of university-industry collaboration the key points are that collaborations work when the research addresses a particular need in industry and there is effective communication between all stakeholders.
To address the needs of national economic development, university-industry collaborations are vital. According to research carried out by Science|Business Innovation Board AISBL, a Belgian not-for-profit scientific association, these collaborations need to move from specific projects to strategic relationships. But how do you make a shift from project focused to strategic focus?

Here are nine key learning points suggested in the report, to help your institution achieve this shift:

1. University leadership is vital

2. Built-in flexibility works best in long-term strategic partnership

3. Develop the strategy based on a shared vision


Global Academy Jobs, QS

QS partners with Global Academy Jobs

QS and Global Academy Jobs join forces to make it easier for leading global minds to find the data they need. At the same time this collaboration will help ambitious universities find the best academic talent to attract research funding.

“By working together we can strengthen, deepen and accelerate our combined offering and deliver on a shared mission of serving bright minds and leading universities”, says Dan Perrett, Chair of the Board of GlobalAcademyJobs.com

“We have looked long and hard at various academic job boards and there is no doubt in my mind that GlobalAcademyJobs.com has the potential to be a strong partner. It is the only viable global board and a ‘must have’ for aspiring universities anywhere” states Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds. […]


Join Apple, Google, edX, Noodle, Wharton and Harvard to Reimagine Education

If you intended to enter the Reimagine Education Awards, the innovative global competition launched last year by QS and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to find the world’s top higher education pedagogical innovation, entries for 2015 have closed.

Well over 500 projects from 40 countries have been submitted. The overall winner will receive a US$50,000 cash prize and all shortlisted projects will be featured on the Reimagine Education 2015 e-guide, receiving global visibility.

This means that it’s now time to book for the Reimagine Education Conference and awards event.
It will be held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on December 7-9.




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  1. “QS排行榜,早在2004年和2006年,就已经把北京大学排名为全球高校的第17名和第14名,远超耶鲁大学




New Rankings: QS Graduate Employability Rankings

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The QS Intelligence Unit is proud to announce the future release of a new ranking focusing on employability outcomes for the graduates.

Leonardo Silveira, in charge of the project in London, told Tamara Sredojevic about the QS Graduate Employability Rankings:

What is the QS Graduate Employability Rankings?

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings comes from an extensive research project which has been running since October 2014. This project has aimed to design a new approach and methodology on employability in university rankings.

Following the research project, we are going to launch a first edition this November at the 11th QS-APPLE in Melbourne. As a pilot initiative, this new rankings will not at first alter the other QS University Rankings results.

What initiated the QS Graduate Employability Rankings?

So far, employability has been approached in the most prominent rankings solely by using employer reputation data. But it has also always been one of the main differentiators of the QS University Rankings.

Thereby, after dealing with this subject for many years, we realized there was a huge demand both from students and universities to get in-depth information on employability outcomes after graduation. This is why we decided to create a whole new ranking dedicated to employability. […]


Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Call for Submissions

In 2014, the inaugural  Wharton – QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards, the “Oscars for pedagogical innovators” in Higher Education, saw over 420 projects participating from 54 countries with two overall winning initiatives sharing the prize fund of US$ 50,000.

The global competition aims at identifying the most innovative pedagogies to enhance learning of higher education students or their employability.

Last year, Reimagine Education culminated in a three-day conference in Philadelphia where 200 delegates and thought–leaders discussed the evolving changes to higher education pedagogy that are needed by both today’s students and employers.

Wharton – QS Stars Reimagine Education 2015 will expand the scope of these discussions, addressing concerns of academics, and businesses catering services to higher education needs.