QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings were established in 2004 and have become one of the most widely referenced international evaluations of universities. Designed principally for prospective international students and published on www.topuniversities.com, institutions do not pay to participate. The rankings are published annually and attract a readership through media channels and on QS websites in excess of 50 million people each year.







The results are generally released in September each year.

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    • Ben Sowter
      Ben Sowter says:

      Your question seems to centre on whether we feel our rankings would serve as good performance indicators for a university.

      This is a more complex question than it first appears. Regardless of methodology, stability and reliability – rankings of any sort – as they stand – do not make great performance indicators for a number of reasons:

      1. The methodology is beyond your control and subject to change (even if it hasn’t changed for some time)
      2. Rankings of any kind measure performance relative to other institutions and not to reliable and measurable milestones – you can do genuinely better but if the institutions around you are moving quicker, still you appear to have failed
      3. Rankings are inherently limited in scope and range and fail to encapsulate all aspects that a university should consider to drive its collective performance

      Our rankings are more stable than most, more reliable than most, more robust than most but they wouldn’t make good performance indicators without a layer of additional sophistication.

      The best solutions I have seen are those where a university strips out the underlying metrics and establishes their own measurable and achievable targets for each – along with a selection of their own – and in some cases uses the popularity and simplicity of the ranking to help serve as a catalyst for establishing effective indicators internally.


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