QS Stars

QS Stars is a new initiative that gives universities the opportunity to highlight their strengths via awarded recognition. It is an evaluation tool that evaluates universities using a broad set of criteria; universities are then awarded with a badge that displays their number of stars based on their audit.

“The new QS Stars rating system further recognizes NTU’s strengths as a world-class university across a broader set of criteria than can be measured in any ranking system and provides valuable information for our many stakeholders – current students, prospective students, parents, teachers, employers, fellow academics as well as our local community.”

“From now on all of our promotional material, our website, and our publications, will include both the QS Stars rating alongside the Australian government’s ERA analysis.”

Jennie LangPro-Vice-ChancellorUniversity of New South Wales, Australia

“QS Stars is a mechanism for us to project our specific strengths to the world. It has given us a better understanding of what are our weaknesses, as well as our strengths, within the university.”

Edilio MazzoleniHead of Operations - International OfficeUniversità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

What is QS Stars?

QS Stars is a complementary companion to rankings—a rating system that facilitates the evaluation of universities across a much broader range of criteria and with respect to established thresholds rather than the performance of others. The objectives are to allow institutions to shine, irrespective of their size, shape and mission and to shine a light on excellence that may otherwise remain in the shade.

Institutions would need to meet criteria requirements in order to earn the maximum number of points; they are then awarded with their star status -from one to five plus- depending on the number of points achieved through the evaluation.

Over 30 criteria contribute towards the overall assessment grouped into several categories: research, employability, teaching, facilities, online/distance learning, internationalisation, innovation, engagement, access, culture and the institution’s standing in specialist subjects.

Development Roadmap

In addition to the QS Stars badge, which they can use for their own promotional purposes, institutions also receive an evaluation report once the audit has taken place; this is called “The Development Roadmap”. It highlights a university’s key strengths in the evaluation and areas for improvement. QS Stars gives institutions the opportunity to spotlight their strengths, efforts and specialist areas.

QS Stars 5+

We are pleased to announce the launch of the QS Five Star + award. Requiring a minimum of 900 points and a five-star performance in all evaluated categories, the Five Stars + badge is designed to identify elite institutions that are strong in all aspects. With recent refinements to the methodology, Five Stars + can apply equally to the world’s foremost comprehensive and specialist institutions.

Advantages for Institutions

  • Shines a light on the university’s excellence
  • Improves international recognition and allows the university to reach out to more students
  • Increased web presence
  • The QS Stars badge will appear on the institutions profile pages on which receives over 20 million visits a year
  • Increased media awareness
  • Selected participating institutions can take part in the numerous QS Stars PR campaigns
  • May be used as an auditing tool to help improve institution’s performance
  • Gives those institutions that are not highly ranked or do not appear in the rankings an opportunity to reach out to their prospect students, to stand out and to be recognised for their excellence.

Learn how institutions are promoting their QS Stars results

What students are saying:

A  selection of students were interviewed at a university recruitment fair about which aspects to choosing a university was important to them and their thoughts on QS Stars and the different categories. Watch the videos below to see what they students had to say:

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