2016

A positive happy new year message for 2016

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.

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QS partners with Global Academy Jobs

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

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In with the new and out with old? Or lessons learnt from the past? Remembering and Re-imagining Education

In light of the upcoming Re-imagine Education Awards, the innovative global competition launched last year by QS and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to find the world’s top higher education pedagogical innovation. I started reminiscing about my own university experience, and one particular course came to mind when I looked closely at Hybrid Learning. At QSIU, we are proud to have a team with a diverse skill set, a range of over 12 languages, and have come from various different universities from around the world. Below is an account of a few QSIU team members who share their own memorable experience of past pedagogical methods that have been particularly effective.

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QS publishes the first QS Graduate Employability Rankings!

The pilot edition of the Rankings applies QS’s new innovative approach, intending to take the discussions on employability rankings to the next level. Stanford leads this first edition; more than 20 new institutions place in the top 50.

Employability has been a hot topic for the Higher Education industry for years. With far easier access to a far broader selection of universities, it became an even more relevant aspect of students’ decision making. QS has been measuring employability in all of its rankings, with our Employer Reputation Survey running for over 20 years. But given the public’s special interest in this topic, it was time to expand the analysis, step out of the comfort zone, and create a new, specific ranking.

The primary aim of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings is to help students make informed choices for their educational futures based specifically on the ability of their chosen university to help them succeed in the employment market. Thorough research conducted over the course of 13 months saw consultation with, and input from, academics, university representatives, companies, students and alumni. This year’s experimental methodology was extensively refined throughout the year, and we are delighted to have introduced – for the first time ever in our rankings – unique metrics such as graduate employment rate and university partnerships with employers.

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First-Impression

Are you making a good first impression?

If you belong to a university concerned with international student recruitment, this article is for you. If your institution isn’t concerned with international recruitment yet, but you’re aiming to become a world-class university, the ability to attract the highest quality candidates from all over the world is probably going to be on your agenda soon…

QS spent four months travelling around the world, speaking to prospective international students to learn more about their motivations when applying to universities abroad. More specifically, we wanted to find out just how much first impressions matter and what would turn a student that’s never heard of your university into a student who will apply tomorrow and just how long that transition takes. We’ve met students from the Americas, China, South East Asia, India and Europe and asked them a series of questions around their first interaction with a university online and in person.

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Overview

HEW Newsletter – QS World University Rankings by Faculty

The QS World University Rankings by Faculty provide a more accurate comparison with last year’s results than our overall QS World University Rankings does. They are not affected by the methodological change that has caused extra volatility in the main rankings – this being the change in how citations are measured. Instead, the high level of stability in the Faculty Rankings illuminates the impact of the switch to normalising citations by faculty area. Few of the leading universities in any of the five faculty areas have moved by more than five places.

The only change in top position is in the Arts and Humanities, where Harvard loses first place to Oxford and is joined by Cambridge in joint second place. The other four areas have the same leaders, and the Social Sciences and Management have the same top six.

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HEW Newsletter – Foreword

The rankings season has started in earnest with the publication of the QS World University Rankings, and in this edition of the Higher Education World we examine the results and the impact of our biggest methodological change for a decade.

We also survey the results of the rankings by subject area, which are published alongside the main ranking but are unaffected by this year’s methodological change. And we look more briefly at attempts to rank universities for innovation, one of the characteristics often suggested for inclusion in world rankings.

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HEW Newsletter – Methodological Changes

The twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings is now online.

We pride ourselves on keeping the Rankings methodology as stable as possible, so that the results provide a genuine year-on-year comparison of the world’s top universities. But this year we have made a few improvements, one of them especially important, to our methodology.

The significant change we have made concerns our measure of academic paper citations per faculty member. This accounts for 20 per cent of each university’s possible rankings score. As before, we have used five years of publications data from the Scopus database as the foundation for this figure. However, we have long recognised that this approach favours institutions with a substantial commitment to the Life Sciences and Medicine, which account for 49 per cent of the citations in Scopus.

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HEW Newsletter – Foreword to the September 2015 Edition

Innovation is one of the themes that many of those seeking broader global rankings of universities would like to be able to include.

The most comprehensive attempt to capture this slightly elusive quality was published last week by Thomson Reuters. The company used ten metrics to measure universities’ success in innovation, and produced a global top 100.

The ranking was dominated by US universities with a reputation in this field, unlike a first attempt at measuring innovation by Times Higher Education magazine, which placed Russian and Chinese universities top of two of their four preliminary rankings. The other two were from Germany and Belgium, the latter sharing top place for ‘paper citations’ with a US research institute. Read more

Overview

HEW Newsletter – Rankings Results 2015/16: An Overview

Despite the improved methodology described elsewhere in this issue of Higher Education World, the 2015/16 QS World University Ranking agree with last year’s on one thing: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the world’s top university. It has near-perfect scores on five of our six measures, and comes 62nd in the world on the other, its percentage of international students.

The stability of these rankings is also evident from the fact that the same institutions fill the top eight places in the Ranking as last year, although MIT is the only one in the same position. The most spectacular move affects Imperial College, London. It is down from second to eighth place, largely because of a 59-place fall in its citation per faculty member count. This is likely to be due mainly to the reduced emphasis that we now place upon excellence in biomedicine.

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