2010 QS World University Rankings results

Here is a fuller look – positions 300 to 320 – at our 2010 results; for more rankings (including the full list of the top 500 universities) go to

2010 2009 Institution Name
300= 322 Università di Pisa
300= Tokyo Medical and Dental University
302 299 Massey University
303 401-450 University of Jyväskylä
304 302= Jagiellonian University
305 273= University of Essex
306 259= University of Utah
307 234= Ateneo de Manila University
308 328= University of Eastern Finland
309 314= Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
310 346= Ruhr-Universität Bochum
311 335 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
312 346= Universität Konstanz
313 331= University of Oulu
314 262= University of the Philippines
315 357= Universität des Saarlandes
316= 342 Universität Bielefeld
316= 314= University of Waikato
318 307= Chiba University
319 345 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
320 326= University of Tasmania

HE News Brief 13.9.10

by Abby Chau

Here are this week’s news stories:

  • The QS World University Rankings® published its top 200 global universities rankings, with Cambridge University taking the top spot, dethroning Harvard as the number one university in the world.
    Full Story: BBC News

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published its annual Education at a Glance last week. The report addressed the question of whether Higher Education is indeed necessary by pointing out that graduates are more recession-proof and they contribute more in income taxes than people who do not have tertiary degrees. It also argues that the future job market will be changing to one of a more highly skilled labour force. In addition the report proclaimed a dire sentence for the UK,  with countries like Canada and Finland who are showing better graduation rates as well as spending more on Higher Education per GDP.
    Full Story:Guardian
    More: FT

  • US universities are eyeing up branches in India – but not the elite universities first purported when the new law allowing foreign branches to open shop in India was first proposed to much fanfare. The so-called Tier 2 universities such as Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Virginia Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology have all expressed interest in setting up a branch in India. The law has not been official approved but the draft says that foreign campuses must leave 10.5 million dollars in deposit with the government, and teaching staff must have at least 20 years experience before they can be considered.
    Full Story: New York Times
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2010 QS World University Rankings® Video – Asia Pacific focussed

Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, gives a brief description of the QS World University Rankings®.

Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, gives an overview of the performances of Australian and Malaysian Universities.  

Martin Ince, convenor of the QS Academic Board, gives his views on the great performance of Korean Universities.

2010 QS World University Rankings® Video – US and Canadian focussed

Want a deeper insight into the 2010 QS World University Ranking results?

Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, gives a brief description of the QS World University Rankings®.

Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, talks about the overall trends in this year’s Rankings and discusses the movements of Canadian Universities.

John O’Leary, executive member of the QS Academic Advisory Board, talks about the performance of US universities.

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.

2010 QS World University Rankings

Our 2010 results have just been published! For more results, go to
1. University of Cambridge
2. Harvard University
3. Yale University
4. UCL (University College London)
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
6. University of Oxford
7. Imperial College London
8. University of Chicago
9. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
10. Princeton University

QS World University Rankings® 2010 to be announced on 8th September

The 7th edition of the QS World University Rankings® will be published and available on, from Wednesday 8th September, 01:01 GMT

The world’s Top 200 universities will be revealed as well as the Top 100 institutions in arts and humanities, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, engineering and technology, social sciences and management.

Downloadable brochures of the full 500 will be available online at from 14th September.

Webinars for the international press, hosted by Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, John O’Leary, executive member of the QS Academic Advisory Board and Martin Ince, convenor of the QS Academic Advisory Board, will be held on 8th September, 09.00 GMT + 01:00 and 14.00 GMT + 01:00.

To participate in the webinars, register at (09.00 GMT +01:00) (14.00 GMT+01:00)

Please note there are limited spaces. Early registration is recommended.

QS rankings experts are also available for interviews.

For further information please contact:

Simona Bizzozero
Head of PR
QS Quacquarelli Symonds
HP: + 44(0)7880 620 856
DD: + 44(0)20 7284 7248

Vickie Chiu
PR Coordinator
QS Quacquarelli Symonds
DD: + 44 (0) 207 284 7292
HP: +44 (0) 77 959 75 404

All is not quiet…

by Ben Sowter


Dear readers,

I must apologize for the silence for the last few months.

Most frequent readers of this blog will know that, the publishing arrangements for our rankings will be changing. In October, THE notified us and, on the same day, the world that they were no longer going to publish our rankings and would be doing something different.

We felt it best to let the initial news sink in before putting forward our position.

QS owns the intellectual property to the previous methodology and all previous data relating to the rankings that have been published in THE for the past six years. The QS World University Rankings will continue to be published in 2010, albeit through a number of new channels which we are working on. At present, there are no plans to alter the methodology, in fact it seems important to maintain some comparability in a time when a number of new and different interpretations are going to emerge. So in 2010, we are focused on improving our engagement with institutions, redesigning some of our data collection systems to be more user-friendly and intuitive, and our work in specific regional and discipline oriented contexts.

It has been extremely busy of late, and keeping the blog as up to date has been a clear challenge. I would welcome any contributions but we will try to keep things going a little more consistently in 2010.