QS World University Rankings

After its divorce from THE, QS continued to publish its World University Rankings.

The research behind the rankings currently considers over 2,000 universities and ranks over 700. The top 400 are ranked individually, whereas those placed 401 and over are ranked in groups.

The rankings are based on data covering four key areas of concern for students: research, employability, teaching and internationalisation. Academic reputation is based on a peer review of research activity based on survey returns from academics.

A key feature that QS believes is increasingly relevant to students is prospective universities’ reputation among employers.

  • Its employer reputation indicator is based on a global online survey of employers, based on three years’ worth of "latest response" data, totalling over 25,000 in 2012.
  • Employers are asked to identify the universities that produce the best graduates.
  • The 2013–14 QS rankings place the Massachusetts Institute of Technology first in the world, followed by Harvard and Cambridge.

Both THE and QS have now branched out from monolithic global rankings.

  • QS publishes a Top 50 Under 50, a ranking of the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years, based on the highest performing young institutions in the 2013–14 QS World University Ranking.

And QS has drilled down into the broad subject areas to provide rankings of the leading universities for specific subjects.

  • It also offers a ranking by faculty in the five broad areas of academic discipline, and has also developed regional rankings for Asia and Latin America.
  • Further innovations include the best student cities and a ranking of universities in the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

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