There are many different factors feeding into students’ university experience but one undeniable, universal and significant factor is the location of the university itself. More specifically, it is the city that the university is located in or next to. This is especially true for city-based universities that are not able to create the campus ‘bubble’.
Through our research with current and prospective students across the globe, they tell us time and time again that the location of their future institution is really important to them. It brings with it the environment, personal and professional opportunities, local culture and much more. In fact, for many, cultural interest and lifestyle associated with the location of the university is the number one reason they select that university.
As can be seen from the chart below, intentional students from all over the world mentioned location (highlighted in green) in their top five priorities when selecting an institution for a master’s degree:
New research carried out by QS with students worldwide explains the growing importance of international study. Although students in different regions have different motivations for studying abroad, they all agree on one aspect – developing global communication skills is key.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that students from developing parts of the world are keen to learn from abroad, graduate from a reputable university and get work experience overseas. However, this is no longer just the pursuit of those from Asia, Latin America and Africa. Students in Europe and the US are equally interested in broadening horizons, becoming part of diverse communities and learning from other cultures. This could be a direct impact of globalisation, given the way businesses are becoming more connected and international, in turn increasing the demand for globally-minded graduates.
Our research, based on ~60 focus groups and over 1,800 survey responses, finds students commonly cite the following three factors when comparing universities abroad:
Dr. David Reggio has returned to the QS Intelligence Unit, as the new Global Head of Consulting. With a real focus on innovation and relevance to the market, he explains how this service can help your institution:
D.R.: In a nutshell, QS Consulting offers concrete solutions and insight for HE institutions and related organisations. Each project has a range of stakeholders and we go beyond providing intelligence reports: we conduct a tailored and thorough diagnosis. Higher education institutions seeking to enhance their strategy and/or improve implementation can benefit from our personalised, bespoke services.
- Who are the consultants?
D.R.:. There are three leads in the team, including myself. Dr. Shadi Hijazi is the man for marketing and change management, while Jacques de Champchesnel has worked in HE institutions on recruitment strategy and campus development. Between us, we have effected change and gained experience in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. We also have a network of specialists and experts, so, for example, if there is an assignment for which an area of nano-medicine or irradiation is a strategic driver, then we have necessary recourse to the professional in that field for their participation and input. What’s more, consulting is housed in the QS Intelligence Unit, so we have access to tremendous insight, skills-sets, and, of course, data. We are defined by strong dexterity and fluency not just with higher education per se, but with the horizon of science, technology and society. Read more
The QS Intelligence Unit is pleased to invite you to a series of webinars for each of the regional university rankings on June 13th. These webinars will cover each of the rankings’ methodologies, explain the latest changes and will also include a preview of the results ahead of the launch (June 14th).
These webinars will be presented by the QS Intelligence Unit’s team of analysts and researchers including:
- Baerbel Eckelmann, Research Manager
- Dasha Karzunina, International Research Liaison
- Leonardo Silveira, Researcher
- Martin Juno, Product Development Manager
- Fernando Coca Martin-Romo, Analyst
- Samuel Wong, Senior Researcher
To register, simply click on the links provided and follow the instructions on screen. All times are GMT+1.
US ranked world’s best national system for higher education provision
QS’s new ranking assesses nations providing best environment for university success
London, 18th May 2016: QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have today released the 2016 instalment of the Higher Education System Strength (HESS) rankings. The ranking, which aims to identify the best national environments for higher education institutions, sees four European nations among the world’s top 10. The United States’ higher education system ranks in first place, ahead of the United Kingdom’s and Germany’s. France (6th) and the Netherlands (7th) join them among the top 10.
The rankings represent a new attempt to use university rankings performance alongside other metrics to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a country’s higher education environment. In doing so, they aim to assist governmental bodies charged with improving their nation’s higher education system to benchmark against competitor nations.
Other key results include:
- The United States leads the 2016 instalment, with Canada (5th) the other top-10 North American nation;
- Three of the world’s top 10 are Asian – China (8th), South Korea (9th), and Japan (10th);
- The Latin American nation with the strongest higher education environment is Argentina (18th); it is the only Latin American nation placing within the top 20;
- Africa’s best-performing nation is South Africa, in 30th;
- 50 countries are ranked this year across six continents;
- Europe is more featured than any other continent, with 22 of its nations providing a top-50 higher education institution.
As part of our quest for more qualitative research about international students’ motivations, we visited one of the key student recruitment markets – India. Did we learn something new about the way Indian students select universities abroad? Certainly. Did we confirm some of the stereotypes that already existed? Somewhat.
Let’s start with a stereotype that we have found some evidence for…
1. Indian students’ parents are actively involved in their educational and career choices.
Although this is still the case, it would seem the attitude here is shifting. A number of students have told us that their parents will actively and sometimes inevitably give them advice on what to study and which countries/universities to target. What’s unclear is just how much influence this actually has on their decisions. When we probed students further on this topic, they would often say that they feel they have to consider their family’s views even if they don’t always agree or feel they have the most relevant experience to be providing advice on the matter but would then seek advice from elsewhere.
As the new Events Coordinator of the QS Intelligence Unit, it is my pleasure to write my first post about Edu Data Summit, a new conference initiative focusing on data and its applications in the higher education sector.
The first edition will take place in London, at the Grand Connaught Rooms, on June 8-10.
This event will be particularly relevant to Vice Chancellors, Planning Officers, Institutional Researchers, Special Advisors, DVC Researchers, and DVC International & Rankings Managers. To enjoy an Early Bird rate, register now before tickets run out! Read more
I am pleased to be writing my first post of 2016, although I am fully aware that we are already in the fifth week of the year, but we have so many exciting projects that we have been working on that has kept us all very busy.
We had our annual company meeting last week, an opportunity for us to engage with other colleagues, share ideas, encourage best practice and learn about new ways that we can help our clients and help students. This year we had an external speaker attend our session, she was brought in as an exercise to remind us of the importance of education, but more so on how it actually did change her life. She spoke to us about having had an extremely troubled childhood from the age of 4, which led her to fall into a more troubled adolescent period, where she was subjected to drugs, suicide attempts and other dangerous life events that could have shaped the remainder of her life in a very different way. She finally came across someone that helped her, and a stroke of luck along with a helpful mentor that led her onto realising that she has so many means of accessing education. Realising how fortunate she actually was, particularly being here in the UK, she chose to pursue her education and used her misfortunes to help others realise the impact education can have and to help lead the youth of today’s world. She now works at a charity where she engages with young people and spreads her story to drive change and positivity.
QS and Global Academy Jobs join forces to make it easier for leading global minds to find the data they need. At the same time this collaboration will help ambitious universities find the best academic talent to attract research funding.
“By working together we can strengthen, deepen and accelerate our combined offering and deliver on a shared mission of serving bright minds and leading universities”, says Dan Perrett, Chair of the Board of GlobalAcademyJobs.com
“We have looked long and hard at various academic job boards and there is no doubt in my mind that GlobalAcademyJobs.com has the potential to be a strong partner. It is the only viable global board and a ‘must have’ for aspiring universities anywhere” states Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Read more
- China Vice Premier Endorsed QS work in Major speech Highlighting 5 Years Plan for Chinese Universities
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- New Generation of University Applicants Strive to Become Global Citizens
- Meet David Reggio, the new face of QS Consulting
- Higher Education World June 2016: Evaluating the World’s Best Higher Education Systems