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HE News Brief 16.8.11

by Abby Chau

  • RANKINGS: Publication of the Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • LATIN AMERICA: Alba member states looking to harmonise higher education
  • SOUTH KOREA: Auditing of institutions to ascertain whether they are fit for foreign students
  • EAST AFRICA: Plans for harmonising of higher education
  • LATIN AMERICA: Region increasing study abroad programmes Read more

QS World University Rankings Complete

by Ben Sowter

Despite the inevitable efforts that will be required to respond to a wide variety of enquiries from academics, journalists and institutions over the coming days there is always a deep sense of satisfaction when our results emerge. The tension visibly lifts from the team as we move into a new phase of our work – that of explaining how and why it works as opposed to actually conducting the work.

This year has been the most intense yet, we have grown the team and introduced a new system, introduced new translations of surveys, spent more time poring over the detail in the Scopus data we receive, sent out the most thorough fact files yet to universities in advance of the release – we have driven engagement to a new level – evaluating, speaking to and visiting more universities than ever.

Naturally, with a brand new set of tables emerging from THE this year. We have been keen to paint a picture that demonstrates clear continuity – as a result we have retained the same measures as in the past, with the same weightings. Some analysis that we have done reveals the following average shift in position in the Top 100 for various different rankings around the world.

QS: 7.2

Guardian (UK): 8.2

FT (Global Business Schools): 8.0

Times (UK): 6.7

ARWU: 2.49

Mines ParisTech: 25.8

Economist (Global Business Schools): 8.3

Business Week (US Undergraduate Business): 10.0

Our results are at neither end of this spectrum, but nonetheless benchmark well against many of the world’s longest established, most respected and most popular evaluations of universities.

There is much to cover in the coming weeks, watch this space.