Highlights from the QS World University Rankings® 2013-14 Release in Istanbul

The QS World University Rankings® 2013-14 Release was revealed Tuesday 10th September 2013. For this occasion, the QS Intelligence Unit hosted a seminar in Istanbul, Turkey, explaining the rankings background, the methodology, the compilation process and the most expected, the results of this year’s rankings. 200 delegates attended the seminar, held in parallel to the EAIE Conference.

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Event: QS World University Rankings 2013/14 release

One of the most exciting times in the academic calendar is approaching; the focus point for the world’s academic community, students, policy makers and employers. It’s time again for the annual QS World University Rankings®.

The QS Intelligence Unit is pleased to invite academics to the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings® global release.

The event will take place on September 10th, 2013 at the InterContinental Istanbul, Turkey, the day before the EAIE annual conference.

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Launch of the QS Rankosium Workshop

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.


EAIE Conference in Dublin

QS Intelligence Unit team has attended the EAIE Conference in Dublin in September 2012 and here is a summary of the attended sessions:

1. Increasing enterprise cooperation and making students more employable
The first speaker, Luca Pirozzi, from the European Commission first gave the audience key facts and initiatives about job market for graduates. For instance, we learned that currently 32.3% of all Europe population has a higher education degree and by 2020, 35% of all jobs will require a high level of qualifications. Then, an initiative called Europe 2020 was discussed which aims to improve the quality and relevance of higher education. We learned that some Knowledge Alliances will be launched in 2013 to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity and closer cooperation between HE and businesses.

The second speaker was Marjo van der Valk-Kuijpers from TU Eindhoven. She shared her experience with a consortium hosted at TU Eindhoven, revealing how it cooperates with local institutions including the Chamber of Commerce, the Vocational School and the University of Applied Sciences.

Finally, Paul Blackmore from University of Exeter, Head of Employability & Graduate Development explained how important the different aspects to find a graduate job are. According to the International Student Barometer, University of Exeter is ranked number one in Careers Advice. According to the institution, a graduate job is composed of the following set of knowledge:
• Personal transferable Skills
• Career Management Skills
• Work Related learning/work experience
• Enterprise skills & commercial awareness
• Good degree

2. Universitas 21: a consortium approach to inspiring global perspective through education abroad

The objective of U21 was reminded to the audience, which is the collaboration, cooperation and comprehensive involvement. Today, 650,000 students and 100,000 staff are in the U21. The three key-note speakers showed how each university is developing a particular programme for studying abroad.

Rachel Wellam from University of Melbourne highlighted a programme implemented in 2005, called Global Issues Program (GIP) in agreement with 8 partners. The GIP enables students to choose one core subject among four and students can now mix and match online, campus and exchange courses.
Gail Armistead from University of Nottingham focussed on the practical aspects implemented at the institution to prepare exchange students.

Beena Anderson from University of Birmingham presented the benefits and issues of a new module created in a three-year period allowing selected students to spend their studies in three different countries (Birmingham, Delhi and Melbourne), the first campuses giving 20 credits each to its students except for its Indian partner.

3. International admissions in Europe: Universities vis-à-vis Business Schools
The session has been cleverly chaired by Agnes Leyrer from Educational Testing Services, on one hand presenting two leading business schools (IE Business School and ESMT Berlin) and two major universities on the other hand (Aalto University and Tilburg University). Each institution stated its own selection and admission process and a table comparing key elements was concluding the session.

Interesting facts:

  • IE Business School does not have any deadline for applications for the MBA programme, a rolling admission model is used.
  • ESMT Berlin has many stakeholders; it has been founded by a 25 companies and institutions.
  • Both Tilburg University and Aalto University do not require students with work experience; and the latter does not charge tuition fees to both domestic and international students.

QS World University Rankings® 2012-2013 Global Release

Attend in person the QS World University Rankings® 2012-2013 Global Release at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday 11 September 2012.

[highlight_yellow]Register on http://www.iu.qs.com/dublin[/highlight_yellow] to:

– Get an exclusive first look at the full results of the QS World University Rankings® 2012-2013
– Discover which universities top this year’s rankings
– Learn about how the rankings are compiled
– Find out more about QS Stars and how over 100 universities are using it to augment their international profile

Or follow the live-broadcast on

See below the programme of the event: