QS Star rated institutions in 2014

2014 has been an exciting year for QSIU and particularly for QS Stars. There are now 230 universities located in 45 countries who participated in QS Stars. More than 60 full audits have been completed in 2014, including two Business School audits. A dozen universities have been through a re-audit process as their previous QS Star rating has expired.

The QS Stars methodology for universities has further developed to include an alternative indicator in the Employability category (campus employer presence) and several categories have been renamed further to a consultation with students and universities. Arts is changed to Arts & Culture, Access is now renamed Inclusiveness and Engagement becomes Social Responsibility.

Published results in 2014 as of today include the following institutions:

Five Stars Plus:
The Ohio State University, The University of Auckland, University of Waterloo and University of Western Australia.

Five Stars:
Bond University, Curtin University, King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, Korea University, Loughborough University, Massey University, University College, Cork, University of Canterbury, University of Guelph, University of Limerick, University of Malaya, University of Technology, Sydney and University of Twente.
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More than 200 universities participating in QS Stars

Almost four years after the first QS Stars report was delivered to King’s College London, the QS Stars rating system has taken off since then, and there are now more than 200 universities from 43 countries currently participating. From Canada to New Zealand, the QS Stars has been undertaken in six continents, reflecting its global recognition. Among these 200 universities, almost 160 have completed the audit and have been awarded badges in various categories highlighting their strengths such as Employability, Facilities, and Internationalization among others.

In the news, Malaysia’s Prime Minister has recently congratulated Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Three Stars) for results achieved in the audit, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister also said “Congratulations to UniMAP for allowing external parties to evaluate (rate) its position. Other universities must learn from UniMAP on how to lead the operations in achieving excellence.”

Other recently QS Star rated universities include:

  • Innovative University of Eurasia in Kazakhstan (Two Stars)
  • Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan (Four Stars)
  • King Saud University in Saudi Arabia (Five Stars)
  • Novosibirsk State Technical University in Russia (Three Stars)
  • University of Guelph in Canada (Five Stars)
  • University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom (Four Stars)
  • University of Malaya in Malaysia (Five Stars)

To see which universities have been evaluated in your country, please visit the QS Stars section on TopUniversities.

If you would like to know how to participate in QS Stars, please contact Jason Newman jason@qs.com.


QS Stars Snapshot 2013

We are reaching the very end of 2013, a great time to look at the QS Stars highlights of 2013.
QS Stars has captured a global audience, over 60 institutions signed up to QS Stars from 10 new countries in 2013, of which 33 completed their audits in 2013. There are now over 40 different countries represented and over 180 participating institutions.

In 2013:

  • One university has been rated a 5 stars plus university; The University of New South Wales renewed their QS Stars audit and was once again awarded a Five Stars Plus Rating.
  • Seven universities from Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia and Denmark received Five Stars awards. These are Aalborg University; Griffith University, Macquarie University, Technologico de Monterrey, The University of Western Ontario, University of Calgary and University of Leicester.
  • Six of the universities that have been rated 4 stars are from South Korea, Mexico, Belgium, United States, Portugal, Spain.
  • Ten Universities were awarded 3 stars these come from South Africa, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Jordan, Malaysia and Pakistan.
  • There were six institutions rated 2 stars from Iraq, Russia, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
  • At least four QS Stars award ceremonies took place around the world.
  • University of Coimbra achieved 4 stars overall and awarded 5 stars in Research.
  • University of Jordan achieved3 stars overall and can enjoy a 5 star rating in Employability due to their outstanding reputation amongst employers, high graduate employment rate and support provided at the university in terms of Careers Services.
  • Universidade de Alacala with an overall of 4 stars was awarded 5 stars in internationalization.
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey and University of New South Wales rated Five Stars in Social Sciences and Management.
  • University of Calgary are rated Five Stars in Life Sciences and Medicine.
  • Griffith University are rated Five Stars in Law.
  • Macquarie University are rated Five Stars in Linguistics.

Look forward to a promising year ahead and to announcing the results of the participating universities that will be rated in 2014.

Happy New Year from the QS Intelligence Unit!



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There may have been a time when education automatically led to a job, when there was a general thought that if you had a degree you had higher chances of getting a job. Growing up my father’s advice was “Get a degree then you could do whatever you want, because every employer will want you”. Would my father be giving me the same advice now if I was a high school student looking at where I wanted to study or if I wanted to study at all?
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QS Stars

QS Stars explained

When QS World University Rankings first emerged in 2004 they responded to an urgent need: giving a rapidly growing contingent of internationally mobile students a way to form concrete comparisons of university standards across borders.

Yet rankings have their limitations. For one thing, the leading universities that make it into the QS World University Rankings comprise some 5% of higher education institutions worldwide. Rankings naturally focus on elite, research-intensive institutions that have a global reach. But what about the thousands of universities whose strengths lie in other areas; whether that be teaching, on-campus facilities, industry collaboration and innovation, engagement with the local community, or any of the other diverse aspects of university life that lie beyond the scope of international rankings?

QS Stars exists to give students a way of forming impartial, evidence-based comparisons of universities in a greater number of areas than can be covered by rankings. The system is opt-in, meaning an unlimited number of universities can participate – both those high-profile institutions that already feature prominently in rankings, and less well-known universities that nonetheless offer excellent services in other areas.

What is QS Stars?

QS Stars is an evaluation system that assesses universities worldwide using a rating method. Universities are awarded a rating of one to five stars + (the highest rating), depending on their performance within the evaluation.

Universities are evaluated against eight criteria among;

– Research

– Teaching

– Employability

– Facilities

– Internationalization

– Innovation

– Engagement

– Culture

– Access

– Specialist Subject.

Each criterion has its own indicators and weightings.

How do QS Stars help students find an institution?

The simplest way of understanding QS Stars is as a hotel-style rating for universities, giving students a trustworthy third-party assessment of the quality of institutions that they may not have the opportunity to visit and judge for themselves.

However, unlike hotels, universities serve a range of functions that is far too complicated to reduce to a single rating out of five. What makes one university the right choice for a given individual depends on a complex range of factors and circumstances.

For this reason, as well as an overall Star rating out of five, QS Stars rates universities in 8 key areas. Each of these ratings provides students with an insight into a university’s performance in an area that will directly affect their experience.

This allows students to select which aspects of university life are most relevant to them, and gain an objective insight into how a Star-rated university measures up against international standards.

What can you expect from different QS Star ratings?

One Star Universities

A typical One Star university has established all the key components required to provide a quality service to its students and, in many cases, the foundations upon which to build a stronger domestic reputation. A One Star institution will often have been established within the last twenty years and will be putting in place the leadership and ambition to develop quickly.

(Example of a One Star university: Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia)

Two Star Universities

A typical Two Stars university is active in research and has an established domestic reputation. The institution is a key part of its local community and will often have begun to consider international opportunities.

(Example of a Two Star university: Bath Spa University, UK)


Three Star Universities

A typical Three Stars university is nationally well recognised, and may have also begun to attract international recognition. This institution maintains a reputable level of research and its graduates are attractive to employers.

(Example of a Three Star university: Murdoch University, Australia)


Four Star Universities

A typical Four Stars university is highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching. The institution provides an excellent environment for students and faculty.

(Example of a Four Star university: Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico)


Five Star Universities

A typical Five Stars university is generally world class in a broad range of areas, enjoys a high reputation and has cutting edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.

(Example of a Five Star university: Université de Montréal, Canada)


Five Star + Universities

A typical five-star + institution is not just world-class, but an elite destination to which the very best students and faculty worldwide will aspire. Its brand name will transform the résumé of anyone connected with it. Five Stars + can apply equally to the world’s foremost comprehensive and specialist institutions.

(Example of a Five Star + university: Australia National University, Australia)

Which universities use QS Stars?

QS Stars is an opt-in system, meaning participating universities choose to undergo a comprehensive audit, conducted by QS Intelligence Unit. Since the system was launched in 2011, over 150 universities have been or are currently being audited.

Institutions range from world-leading universities such as MIT and Australia National University, to newer, less internationally established universities in countries further off the beaten path.

With new universities opting into the system on a weekly basis, the list of QS Star-rated institutions is continually growing. For example in Australia leading institutions such as Australia National University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and Newcastle University are among the many universities to have adopted the system.

A partial list of universities with QS Stars includes:

Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
University of Chicago
Yale University
Columbia University
Cambridge University
The University of New South Wales
Nanyang Technological University
King’s College London
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Ohio State University
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
Technologico de Monterrey
Swinburne University of Technology
RMIT University
University of Technology Sydney
University of Limerick
University College Cork
University of Canterbury
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
University of Tasmania
Bond University
Amity University
Universitas Bina Nusantara

Students can see how all of the QS Star-rated universities compare at http://www.topuniversities.com/qsstars