Entries by John O’Leary

QS University Rankings – Regional Rankings

QS published three regional rankings in a single day earlier this month, bringing additional recognition to almost 400 universities that do not yet appear in the company’s world rankings. The new rankings for Asia, Latin America and the Arab world covered 650 universities in total, using slightly different methodologies to the QS World University Rankings […]

QS University Rankings: Arab Region

Saudi Arabian universities dominated the leading positions in the first full university ranking for the Arab world, taking three of the top four places. But the exercise as a whole was much more inclusive, with universities from 15 of the 21 countries that were eligible for inclusion appearing in the top 100. QS published a […]

Growth in International Student Numbers

US universities have registered by far the strongest growth in international student numbers over the past decade, according to a new report by the British Council. An analysis of enrolments in the four main host countries for international students shows that the strongest growth in 2013-14 was in Australia. But two years of sharp decline […]

QS In Conversation

There was a record attendance of more than 200 academics and university administrators at the fourth QS In Conversation conference, held in India in February. The event, at Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, broke new ground for a ranking organisation by focusing on best practice in research and innovation. Speakers from a dozen […]

Emerging Europe and Central Asia Rankings 2014

The first ranking of universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is published this week by QS, drawing together institutions in a region that is focusing on higher education and research as never before. Lomonosov Moscow State University emerges as the top university in the region, with a clear lead over Charles University, in […]

Arab Regional Rankings

The first QS rankings for the Arab region were published as a pilot edition last month, as work continues to refine the exercise by including citations in Arabic. Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals headed the new ranking, which was developed in consultation with academics and university leaders in the region. More […]

A week after the QS World University Rankings were published, it is the turn of the youngest institutions to take the limelight.

The third ranking of the top 50 universities under 50 years old shows the extent to which youthful institutions – especially in Asia — are challenging the established Western elite. The four leading universities all appeared in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings and a dozen were in this year’s top 200. […]

This year’s publication of the QS World University Rankings – the tenth anniversary edition – created worldwide interest.

The rankings trended on Facebook and Twitter, while nearly 2,000 media outlets around the world reported the results. There were 750,000 page views on the topuniversities.com website in three days. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, received a personal copy of the rankings. He […]

40 Countries Represented at the QS Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education Conference

By John O’Leary More than 300 academics and administrators from 40 countries attended the biggest-ever Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education (QS-MAPLE) conference in Abu Dhabi this month. The proceedings were streamed live to 30 countries. Over 100 of the delegates stayed on for a separate consultation the following day on plans for […]