QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the first compiler of global and regional university rankings to receive the “IREG Approved” label for three of its research outputs. The International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) Executive Committee, at its meeting in Warsaw on 15th May 2013, decided to grant to QS the rights to use the “IREG Approved” label in relation to the following three rankings: QS World University Rankings, QS University Rankings: Asia, and QS University Rankings: Latin America. More information on its correct usage is available here.
The Global Innovation Index
The QS World University Rankings has been chosen as one of the new indicators added to The Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII), released on July 1st 2013. The QS ranking is the only ranking of its kind to be used for the study. The GII, now in its 6th edition, is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations). The annual report consists of a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results.
UNESCO Book “Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Used and Misuses”
This book is launched on Friday 28 June 2013, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as the first of a series of studies to consider trends in education today and challenges for tomorrow. On 16 and 17th May, 2011, UNESCO together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank organized the ‘Global Forum on Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses’ at its Paris Headquarters. Inspired by the Forum, the book brings together all key opinion leaders on universities rankings worldwide to reflect the wide range of views that exist in the higher education community. Ben Sowter, Head of QS Intelligence Unit is invited to contribute Chapter 3 in Part One: Methodological Consideration explaining how QS World University Rankings have been developed over 10 years.
The Bank of Communication Sea Turtle Index
The Bank of Communications Sea Turtle Index was developed and produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which benchmarks the potential returns—academic, financial and social—on an international undergraduate education in 80 cities worldwide. These were chosen first by clustering the top 300 universities from the QS World University Rankings into major cities, allowing for richer data and greater regional diversity in results. EIU analysts then used OECD statistics on the percentage of international students going to each country to decide on the number of cities to feature per country.
QSIU co- authored the ‘Handbook of Research on Higher Education in the MENA Region’
Ben Sowter, Shadi Hijazi and Hillol Nag from the QSIU Team recently co- authored a chapter in the ‘Handbook of Research on Higher Education in the MENA Region: Policy and Practice’ collated by the Ministry of Higher Education – Sultanate of Oman. This work examines the need for a paradigm shift in the area of post-secondary education and innovation in the emerging, yet relatively understudied, MENA region. As the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region becomes increasingly intertwined in the global economy, investment continues to be made in the educational sector. Multidimensional approaches to higher education have greatly influenced the state of business and government in the region. This book is a comprehensive reference work for researchers, students, educators, and professionals who are interested in exploring how global higher education is influencing the prosperity and progress of the MENA region.
“Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: Impact or Illusion” Report
In the report titled “Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: Impact or Illusion” led by Ellen Hazelkorn and published by the European Universities Association, QS World University Rankings was considered to have the greatest impact in institutions, amongst other rankings. The full report can be found here.
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