• 2016

    Modification of affiliation cap to adapt to different subject contexts – ensures no more than 0.1% of research is excluded from any discipline – applies to both subject and overall rankings

    Adaptation of standardization model to lock standard deviation and mean to the top 700 for each indicator in the QS World University Rankings

  • 2015

    Introduction of faculty area normalization for citations and paper measures

    Introduction of an affiliation cap, screening out papers with more than 10 institutional affiliations from all bibliometric analysis

    Extension of survey ranges to five years for academic and employer reputation, with lower weighting for the the first two years

    First (pilot) edition of QS Graduate Employability Rankings

  • 2014

    First edition of QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe & Central Asia

    First edition of QS University Rankings: Arab Region

  • 2013

    Score based on h-index added to the QS World University Rankings by Subject

    Inaugural QS University Rankings – BRICS launched

  • 2012

    QS Global Student Cities launched

    QS Top 50 under 50 launched

    QS World University Rankings by Subject extended to 29 disciplines

    QS World University Rankings by Subject methodology improved to better highlight specialist institutions

    Refined global and regional inclusion policy to require a minimum of three graduating classes in at least two faculty areas in order for operations at a new level (i.e. undergraduate/postgraduate) to be considered

    Stronger country weighting applied for employer survey

    Subject specific responses folded into main academic reputation analysis

    Damping mechanism modified to ensure faster recognition of genuine changes in performance – particularly in outlying instances

    Status component added to classifications – A: Public; B: Private not for profit; C: Private for profit

  • 2011

    Released rankings at a discipline level (26 subjects) for the first time

    Dropped World Scientific as a key channel for academic respondents

    Self-citations excluded for the first time

    Survey weightings refined to control outlying response levels at a country level

    Academic respondents from a given institution (who cannot respond for that institution) excluded from the calculation of domestic reputation

    Age metric added to QS Classifications

    QS SAFE extended to embrace institutions in the top 700

    Inaugural QS University Rankings – Latin America launched

  • 2010

    QS Core launched, a new custom built system designed to help gather and manage data submissions from universities

    Classifications refined for increased versatility and readability

    Damping mechanism applied to eliminate swings beyond certain thresholds

    Cap of 50% applied to international indicators

    Scaling adjusted to reduce volatility amongst the lower ranked institutions

    Invited institutions to supply lists of academics to augment the academic survey

    Established International Advisory Board

  • 2009

    QS Classifications released for the first time using alpha-numeric notation to group institutions by size, focus and research intensity

    Switched to Qualtrics for survey delivery, implemented AJAX “type to search” questions

    Implemented Academic Sign-up Facility to invite academics to volunteer to participate in Academic Survey

    Inaugural QS Asian University Rankings published

  • 2008

    QS SAFE – National System Strength Analysis released for the first time

    Domestic and international responses separated in survey analysis

  • 2007

    Switch to Scopus from Thomson’s Essential Science Indicators for publication and citation data. Broader journal coverage means more institutions than ever are reflected in our citations analysis

    Survey respondents are prevented from responding on behalf of their own institution

    Definitions are standardized to require Full Time Equivalent (FTE/EFTS) data for all faculty and student submissions

    Indicators are normalized for the first time to ensure fair and consistent application of weightings

  • 2006

    Individual fact files are distributed for the first time, giving institutions advanced warning of the news to come

    Invited institutions to supply lists of employers for us to be included in the Employer Survey

  • 2005

    Employer Reputation is added in 2005. The weighting on Academic Reputation is dropped from 50% to 40% to make way for the new indicator

    Introduced Mardev as a key source of Academic Responses

  • 2004

    QS World University Rankings launch in October 2004