The annual QS BRICS Conference will take place on the 18th of June in China, in Beijing. The 2014 QS University Rankings: BRICS will be launched during the opening session of the event. To register click here. Join higher education leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa to discuss institutional development, internationalization, student and academic mobility, academic recruitment and research collaboration. Read more
Since Jim O’Neill, former chief economist at Goldman Sachs, coined the acronym “BRIC” in 2001 to describe four of the world’s fastest growing economies (namely Brazil, Russia, India and China), the BRIC countries have been under scrutiny, and has even been the subject of a forum organised by Columbia University, which they labelled BRICLAB. BRIC added an S in 2010 when South Africa joined the group. These five countries, making up more than 40% of the world’s total population, have reached a point where their further economic development is strongly correlated with the way they build quality higher education systems.
In fact, earlier this year, a comparative study of the BRICS higher education systems by Stanford scholars was published. University Expansion in a Changing Global Economy: Triumph of the BRICs? takes a close look at how the massive higher education expansion in Brazil, Russia, India and China is having a significant impact on the world supply of university graduates – particularly engineers and computer scientists. This expansion may also shift, at least partially, the locus of future development in the global knowledge economy towards the BRICS countries.
Perhaps a sign of the important role the BRICS are increasingly playing in matters of education, Ministers of Education from the five BRICS countries agreed to join forces with UNESCO to support education progress globally through coordinated actions and advocacy during a landmark consultation organized on the margins of the 37th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris this past November. UNESCO’s Director-General said at the opening of the consultation:
“Your countries have enormous potential individually to influence global education trends – this power is multiplied through collective action, through the experience you can share, through your growing roles as development partners, and through the new approaches you are developing for international cooperation.”
This is why there is perhaps no better time to look at the BRICS countries from a university rankings perspective. QS has been publishing a global university ranking – QS World University Rankings since 2004, and two regional rankings – QS Asian University Rankings since 2009 and QS Latin America Rankings since 2011. In December 2013, QS, in conjunction with the Russian news agency Interfax, will launch its first BRICS University Rankings. The BRICS will undoubtedly play a crucial role in tomorrow’s higher education landscape; however, they will also have to tackle massive challenges, such as quality education for all as only a minority of students go to the elite institutions that are considered world-class.
Find out the results of the first BRICS University Rankings on 17th December 2013 on topuniversities.com. In the meantime, please find more information on this post or on iu.qs.com/brics/ to register for the QS BRICS University Forum in Moscow on 17-18th December.
QS is to publish the first bespoke ranking for universities in the so-called BRICS countries next month.
Like its other regional rankings, the one for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will have measures and weightings designed specifically for the group of countries concerned, rather than simply representing an edited version of previously published results.
In order to make valid comparisons between more universities than have precise positions in the QS World University rankings, and to reflect common priorities in the five countries, the new ranking will contain eight measures. They will include the proportion of staff with a PhD and the number of papers published per faculty member.
QS has worked with Interfax, the Russian news agency, to produce the new ranking. Interfax was commissioned by Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, earlier this year and chose QS to compile the ranking because of its experience with regional and subject comparisons. The ministry has ceded control of the design of the ranking and any editorial content. The results of the pilot study will be presented at a conference in Moscow on December 17.
The ranking has also been discussed with India’s Minister for Human Resources and Development, Dr ShashiTharoor, and the Education Secretary, Ashok Thakur. Both are encouraging Indian institutions to participate in and submit data to international rankings to see if such comparisons can help them.
Dr Juliana Bertazzo, Higher Education Policy Adviser and coordinator of the Brazilian project ‘Science without Borders’, as well as Dr Renato Prado Guimarães, Secretary General at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, were also supportive of the new project, which will highlight the strengths of the universities of these emerging markets.
More than 400 universities across the five countries have been assessed for the new ranking. Only the top 100 will appear in the initial publication.
The methodology will be similar to those used for QS’s regional rankings for Asia and Latin America. Academic reputation will be the most heavily-weighted indicator, but at less than the 40 per cent weighting it receives in the QS World University Rankings.
Ben Sowter, who is responsible for the exercise as head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said the results would be valuable because the five nations had comparable characteristics that led to the development of the “BRICS” term in the first place. The company did not intend to include other emerging nations with few similarities simply because it had the capability to do so.
Jim O’Neill, who coined the term as chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said this month that the group remained a valid point of comparison, although Indonesia could have been included. Between them, they already represented a bigger market than the United States and would play important roles in the future, he said in a speech in London.
QS is to work with the Indian Centre for Assessment & Accreditation (ICAA), a private accreditation body, on a separate evaluation of Indian universities to be published next year. Dr Arun Nigavekar, the ICAA’s founder and a former chairman of the University Grants Commission, said the aim for Indian exercise was to create a system that was “globally accepted, yet locally grounded”.
QS proud to announce a new collaboration with RIA Novosti, the leading news agency of the Russian-speaking world, as a partner whose mission is closely aligned with our own – providing academics, companies, students and young professionals with the most accurate and up-to-date information about international education and career opportunities.
Nunzio Quacquarelli, managing director of QS says: “Russia is certainly a dynamic country in terms of higher education development at the moment. The country has had many great achievements in the academic field that are not commonly known in the global arena, however, it appears this will be changing very soon. With the government investing heavily in the different activities of Russian universities, we expect to see an increasing number ranked in the QS World University Rankings, and we hope this partnership galvanizes the efforts of Russian universities even further. We have already seen improved communication between our research and events teams and university officials, which greatly helps in our data collection processes as well as our efforts to present institutions from the region at a global level.”
RIA Novosti will provide a comprehensive overview of global university ranking trends, sharing results of the annual QS World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings by Subject and other research output. This greatly contributes towards the dialog between the Russian and international academic and student audiences. QS’s main priority now is to continue to provide practical recommendations on understanding and using different ranking systems. We are confident that this collaboration will bring Russian institutions the recognition they deserve on the international stage.
The recently published QS TopMBA.com Applicant Survey 2013 provides a detailed insight into the attitudes, goals and ambitions of MBA applicants. The global motivations for pursing an MBA program vary depending on the age, gender, economic status and the current years of work experience.
The main motivations for pursuing an MBA as listed by potential MBA applicants are improving career prospects, learning new skills and taking up a leadership/management position.
The Russian Federation is clearly making significant efforts to make up for the loss in its higher education sector that occurred during the post-soviet period. The expenditure on higher education as a percentage of GDP has increased substantially over recent years. Read more
Recent years have seen a concerted effort from universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to improve standards in higher education and research, and to gain recognition on the international stage.
In acknowledgement of this, QS and Russia’s Ural Federal University are pleased to announce the launch of the QS Rankosium Workshop.
Universities face a variety of unique challenges in the definition and implementation of efficient strategies in a fast-changing and competitive global environment. The increasing prominence of international university rankings has also led to increased scrutiny of institutional and national policies.
The Rankosium Workshop is intended to address these challenges, by bring together higher education leaders with Russian and international experts to discuss strategies related to sustainable institutional development, internationalization and innovative management.
The event will take place on 12th July during the annual INNOPROM international industrial exhibition, in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Learn more and register here.