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QS World University Rankings - How it is calculated?
The QS World University Rankings is an annual ranking of the world’s top universities published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British higher education and careers information company. QS is one of the most widely recognized and reputable university ranking systems globally. The QS World University Rankings assess universities based on several key criteria to determine their overall ranking and position within the list.
Here are the main criteria that QS uses to rank universities:
Academic Reputation (40%):
This criterion is based on a global survey of academics, asking them to identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their field of expertise.
Employer Reputation (10%):
This factor is based on a survey of employers worldwide, gauging their opinions on the quality of graduates from different universities and their readiness for the workplace.
Faculty/Student Ratio (20%):
This criterion measures the ratio of academic staff to students, providing an indication of the level of individualized attention and interaction between faculty and students.
International Faculty Ratio (5%) and International Student Ratio (5%):
These criteria assess the extent to which universities attract faculty and students from diverse international backgrounds, contributing to a globalized academic environment.
Citations per Faculty (20%):
This measures the research impact of a university by analyzing the number of citations received per faculty member, indicating the influence and reach of their research.
H-index Citations (10%):
This criterion evaluates the institution’s research productivity and impact using the H-index, which considers both the number of publications and the number of citations per publication.
The QS World University Rankings aims to provide a comprehensive and comparative assessment of universities on a global scale, considering various dimensions of academic excellence, research productivity, employability, internationalization, and reputation within the academic and employer communities.
It’s important to note that while rankings such as QS provide valuable insights into the performance and reputation of universities, they are not the sole measure of a university’s quality or suitability for an individual’s specific academic or career goals. Prospective students and stakeholders should consider multiple factors, including program offerings, faculty expertise, research opportunities, alumni success, campus facilities, and location, to make well-informed decisions about university choices.
Top Australian universities from QS World University Rankings 2024
|14||The University of Melbourne|
|19||The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)|
|19||The University of Sydney|
|34||Australian National University (ANU)|
|43||The University of Queensland|
|72||The University of Western Australia|
|89||The University of Adelaide|
|90||University of Technology Sydney (UTS)|
|133||The University of Newcastle|
|151-160||La Trobe University|
|151-160||The University of Wollongong|
|187||Charles Sturt University|
|193||University of Southern Queensland|
|207||Edith Cowan University|
|222||Swinburne University of Technology|
|245||University of Canberra|
|256-260||Central Queensland University|
|271-275||James Cook University|
|271-275||University of Tasmania|
|286-290||Federation University Australia|
|286-290||Southern Cross University|
|301-350||Western Sydney University|