World Class University

An Overview

Apart from assessing university rankings at the world level, QS also conducts rankings at the regional level such as Latin America, Asia, the Arab region, BRICS and Emerging Europe & Central Asia (EECA). At the Asian level, the QS ranking is known as the QS Asia University Rankings. The QS ranking system for the Asian level has different weights and indicators from the world-class QS. This difference lies in several additional indicators used in QS AUR, namely the International Research Network, Citations per Paper, Papers per Faculty, Staff with a PhD, and information related to inbound and outbound exchange students.

These are the indicators of QS Asia University Rankings:

The highest weighting of any metric is allotted to an institution’s Academic Reputation score. Based on our Academic Survey, it collates the expert opinions of over 100,000 individuals in the higher education space regarding teaching and research quality at the world’s universities. In doing so, it has grown to become the world’s largest survey of academic opinion, and, in terms of size and scope, is an unparalleled means of measuring sentiment in the academic community.

Students will continue to perceive a university education as a means by which they can receive valuable preparation for the employment market. It follows that assessing how successful institutions are at providing that preparation is essential for a ranking whose primary audience is the global student community.

Our Employer Reputation metric is based on almost 50,000 responses to our QS Employer Survey, and asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative, effective graduates. The QS Employer Survey is also the world’s largest of its kind.

Teaching quality is typically cited by students as the metric of highest importance to them when comparing institutions using a ranking. It is notoriously difficult to measure, but we have determined that measuring teacher/student ratios is the most effective proxy metric for teaching quality. It assesses the extent to which institutions are able to provide students with meaningful access to lecturers and tutors, and recognizes that a high number of faculty members per student will reduce the teaching burden on each individual academic.

Using data provided by Scopus, this indicator assesses the degree of international openness in terms of research collaboration for each evaluated institution. To calculate this indicator the Margalef Index, widely used in the environmental sciences, has been adapted to produce a score that gives an indication of the diversity of an institution’s research collaborations with other institutions in different locations of the world.

Using data from the Scopus database of research publications and citations, it assesses the number of citations per research paper published.

It assesses the number of research papers published per faculty member.

It assesses the proportion of staff at the university who are classed as ‘international’.

It assesses the proportion of students at the university who are classed as ‘international’.

Number of students attending your university on international exchange programs for at least one semester during the annual reporting period.

Number of students registered at your university who have attended another
university abroad on international exchange programs for at least one semester during the annual reporting period.


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