QS World University Rankings 2014-2015

When students, parents and teachers search for a prestigious university to suit their specifications, they duly turn to world rankings to see if their desired establishment ranks highly. The university pecking order is not an outdated institution, but an essential method to ensure that prospective students adequately assess their place of learning before committing to a period of study.

QS World University Rankings enables students to seek out the rankings of a vast assortment of high-performing institutions, honing searches according to region and subject matter. As the most widely read university comparison guide of its kind, QS provide an in depth, comprehensive analysis of the world’s most prolific 800 universities. Students can further refine their results by comparing university rankings across a plethora of criterion including highest performance establishment of the region, subject area, research citations and most esteemed reputation.

Having operated for 10 years, QS have developed a fundamentally sound basis for ranking institutions to ensure effortless comparison. The company offer a versatile range of ranking systems. Students can search the 2014/2015 brochure detailing the rankings of universities worldwide or they can refine their search by identifying the strongest university in over 30 subjects, highlighting institutions proficient in English, mathematics, the sciences or any other subject. Further guides emphasise ranking according to faculty, rankings across Asia, Latin America, the top 50 newest universities (those that have been initiated in the last 50 years) and even those rated as the best cities for students.

QS rankings BRICS also enables students looking to study further afield to source academies ranked for their achievement across Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa. England is naturally renowned for its academies and institutions steeped in years of culture and history but with many students opting to study abroad, QS offers detailed, all-encompassing rankings that detail a selection of emerging and established places of higher education for undergraduates and postgraduates. As the leading global career and education network, the company is ideally placed for inspiring innovative, ambitious and capable talent to brighten their personal and professional path.

As the most read higher education comparison guide of its kind internationally, QS World University Rankings pinpoints the globe’s top performing universities.  It lists the world’s 800 leading institutions overall, then categorises them into specific regional areas, in addition to dividing by faculty and subject matter. QS also present a separate comparison service called QS Stars. The star ratings are delivered on a scale of 1 to 5 star plus and universities are scored on eight criteria: training quality, research quality, internationalisation, university infrastructure, innovation and knowledge transfer, third mission activity, criteria for specific subjects and graduate employability. As an evaluation system, QS Stars is not a ranking service but many people will look at star rating in addition to world ranking.

The Independent, a British newspaper has defined QS Wold University Rankings as widely recognised throughout higher education as the most trusted international tables.  However, there are many critics of the rankings too, including academics and professors who criticise the way in which the rankings are established.