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An overview of methodologies and highlights of recent

rankings compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit

Ben Sowter

Head of Division, QS Intelligence Unit

IREG-6, 19 th April 2012

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Summer 2008

established

May 2009

QS Asian University

Rankings launched

Summer 2011

First subject tables

featuring 26 disciplines

February 2012

QS Best Student Cities

published

Fall 2008

Fact file distribution initiated giving institutions “fair warning” of results

Fall 2009

QS and Times Higher Education choose to their separate ways. THE

announce intention to initiate a new ranking.

Summer 2010

QS Stars university rating system emerges

Fall 2011

QS University Rankings: Latin America launch

Summer 2012

Improved subject tables extended to embrace 29 disciplines

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To ENABLE motivated

people around the

WORLD achieve their

POTENTIAL by fostering

international MOBILITY,

educational ACHIEVEMENT

and career DEVELOPMENT

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Student Challenges

• Higher education costs increasing

• Number of students increasing

• Number of international students increasing

• More universities actively recruiting

• Flooded with information

• Employers increasingly dissatisfied with graduate

skill sets

• Need for discernment

• Need for navigation tools

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International Student Growth

3 500 000

Chart C3.1. Evolution by region of destination in the number of students enrolled outside their

country of citizenship (2000 to 2009)

Number of foreign students

4 000 000

Worldwide OECD G20 countries Europe North America

3 000 000

2 500 000

2 000 000

1 500 000

1 000 000

500 000

0

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Source: OECD and UNESCO Institute for Statistics for most data on non-OECD countries. Table C3.5.

See Annex 3 for notes (www.oecd.org/edu/eag2011).

Years

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Employability – a unique lens

QS the only global ranking authority to consider it

• Central to the life goals of most prospective

students

• Employer reputation a key rankings metric

• An essential inclusion in every QS assessment

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11%

13%

16%

18%

20%

21%

24%

25%

27%

89%

87%

84%

82%

80%

79%

76%

75%

73%

Spain

Switzerland

Germany

Egypt

France

Philippines

Saudi Arabia

Italy

Japan

28%

30%

30%

31%

31%

33%

34%

34%

35%

36%

36%

40%

40%

41%

42%

43%

44%

44%

72%

70%

70%

69%

69%

67%

66%

66%

65%

64%

64%

60%

60%

59%

58%

57%

56%

Greece

Thailand

China

United Arab Emirates

South Korea

Belgium

Singapore

Romania

Denmark

Hong Kong

Peru

Malaysia

Kazakhstan

Ireland

Brazil

Uruguay

Colombia

56%

54%

53%

52%

51%

50%

49%

48%

46%

46%

45%

42%

37%

Ukraine

46%

47%

48%

49%

50%

51%

52%

54%

54%

55%

58%

63%

United States

Mexico

India

Venezuela

Chile

Canada

Finland

Bulgaria

Argentina

Russia

United Kingdom

Poland

66%

74%

76%

34%

26%

24%

Australia

South Africa

New Zealand

40%

60%

Weighted Global Average

By Country

Do you actively seek or attribute value to an international study experience when recruiting?

Yes % No %

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Employability in QS initiatives

QS World University Rankings®

QS Asian University Rankings

Int'l

Students

Int'l

Faculty

Citations

per Faculty

Academic

Reputation

Papers per

Faculty

Citations

per Paper

Academic

Reputation

Student

Faculty

Employer

Reputation

Int'l

Factors

Student

Faculty

Employer

Reputation

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Employability in QS initiatives

Employability components of QS Stars

Specialist Strength

Teaching

Employer

Reputation

Advanced

Categories

Employability

Employment Rate

Learning

Environment

Internationalization

Research

Careers Service

Support

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Employability in QS initiatives

QS University Rankings: Latin America

QS Best Student Cities

Papers per

Faculty

Citations

per Paper

Academic

Reputation

Affordability

Rankings

Web

Impact

Employer

Activity

Student Mix

Staff with

PhD Student

Faculty

Employer

Reputation

Quality of

Living

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Biological Sciences

Earth Sciences

Medicine

Materials Science

Pharmacy

Chemistry

Mathematics

Physics

Computer Science

Engineering - Chemical

Engineering - Electrical

Engineering - Mechanical

Environmental Sciences

Economics

Engineering - Civil

Psychology

Acc & Finance

Communication

Politics

Education

Law

Geography

Statistics

Modern Languages

History

Linguistics

Philosophy

Sociology

English

Adaptive Weightings

Citations Employer Academic

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BY SUBJECT

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CLASSICS*

HISTORY

POLITICS

#REF!

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

QS World University Rankings by Subject

ENGLISH

Institution Profile

Arts & Humanities

90

United Kingdom Country Profile

0

Engineering &

Technology

Life Sciences &

Medicine

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences &

Management

Strongest Discipline

80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

0

Net Influence Count Ranked Highlights

Most Institutions Greatest Net Influence Highest Average Rank

Average Rank

* Institution's top subject

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

160

180

200

Top Scoring Disciplines Score Balance

English Language & Literature 100 #NAME?

Modern Languages 94.8 #NAME?

Philosophy 94.2 #NAME?

Medicine 93.6 #NAME?

Psychology 93.2 #NAME?

CLASSICS

Global Publication Share (Scopus)

Top Ranking Disciplines Rank Balance

English Language & Literature 1 #NAME?

Research Profile

History 2 #NAME?

Philosophy 2 #NAME?

Papers

Citations

Psychology 2 #NAME?

Earth & Marine Sciences 2 #NAME?

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Chemistry

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

QS World University Rankings by Subject

Arts & Humanities

Engineering & Technology

Life Sciences & Medicine

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences & Management

Strongest Discipline

100

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

QS World University Rankings by Subject

90

80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

0

United Kingdom

Rank

0

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

160

180

200

Net Influence Count Ranked Highlights Most Institutions Greatest Net Influence Highest Average Rank Average Rank

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

QS World University Rankings by Subject

Subject

English Language & Literature

History

Linguistics

Modern Languages

Philosophy

Computer Science & Info Systems

Engineering - Chemical

Engineering - Civil & Structural

Engineering - Electrical

Engineering - Mechanical

Biological Sciences

Medicine

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Psychology

Chemistry

Earth & Marine Sciences

Geography

Environmental Sciences

Materials Science

Mathematics

Physics & Astronomy

Accounting & Finance

Communication & Media Studies

Education

Economics & Econometrics

Law

Politics & International Studies

Sociology

Statistics & Operational Research

Academic Employer Citations Balance Score 2012 Rank 2011 Rank

100.0 100.0 0.0 #NAME? 100.0 1 3

91.5 100.0 65.1 #NAME? 89.7 2 3

91.8 94.4 81.7 #NAME? 91.1 6 1

95.3 93.7 0.0 #NAME? 94.8 3 3

95.9 99.2 75.3 #NAME? 94.2 2 3

83.4 91.5 84.3 #NAME? 86.1 7 3

88.8 100.0 83.8 #NAME? 90.7 3 2

82.8 92.1 68.2 #NAME? 82.7 7 3

85.7 100.0 85.6 #NAME? 90.0 3 3

90.6 91.3 93.3 #NAME? 91.6 3 2

98.3 100.0 76.8 #NAME? 87.7 3 3

93.2 93.8 93.9 #NAME? 93.6 3 2

No programs offered

#NAME?

94.2 91.2 93.7 #NAME? 93.2 2 2

76.3 95.0 85.7 #NAME? 83.8 8 4

100.0 98.8 82.8 #NAME? 91.3 2 2

95.7 91.8 71.8 #NAME? 90.5 3 4

81.9 98.9 71.7 #NAME? 79.5 13 3

88.9 98.9 78.3 #NAME? 84.6 3 3

82.1 99.4 76.6 #NAME? 83.4 6 3

85.0 96.9 82.2 #NAME? 86.3 5 1

82.9 93.2 72.7 #NAME? 86.0 10 4

No programs offered

#NAME?

93.0 85.6 89.5 #NAME? 91.2 3

71.3 96.6 64.1 #NAME? 77.5 11 6

91.2 92.3 91.1 #NAME? 91.5 4 3

88.7 89.9 71.1 #NAME? 87.4 7 3

90.3 95.0 60.1 #NAME? 87.8 7 4

90.0 95.1 69.6 #NAME? 86.4 7 4

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2012 Results

• Publication

o 29 Subjects

o International Launch Event (Subjects) in Prague on 29 th

June

o International Launch Event (World Rankings) in Dublin

on 11 th September (simultaneous telecast)

o Results online at www.topuniversities.com

o Detailed methodologies and survey response analysis

at www.iu.qs.com

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• Methodology & Comment: www.iu.qs.com

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• Email: ben@qs.com; intelligenceunit@qs.com

THANK YOU

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