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Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings is an annual university ranking based on data covering four key areas of concern for students: research, employability, teaching and internationalization.

The research currently considers over 2,000 universities and ranks over 700. The top 400 are ranked individually while those that placed 401 and over are ranked in groups.

The rankings are compiled using the following six indicators:

  • Academic reputation (40%) – Academics are asked to identify the universities that are currently producing the best research in their field of expertise.
  • Employer reputation (10%)- Employers are asked to identify the universities that produce the best graduates.
  • Faculty/student ratio (20%) – Faculty/student ratio measures the number of academic staff employed for every student admitted.
  • Citations per faculty (20%) – Counts the number of times research papers associated with a specific university has been cited in other publications.
  • International faculty ratio (5%) and international student ratio (5%) – Evaluates the proportion of international students and international faculty

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Quacquarelli Symonds (n.d.). Methodology: A simple overview of the QS World University Rankings. Retrieved from

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