World University Rankings Report

Published on February 2017 | Categories: Documents | Downloads: 34 | Comments: 0 | Views: 288
of 32
Download PDF   Embed   Report

Comments

Content


QS World University Rankings
®
“Trusted by students since 2004”
2011 REPORT
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 3
Welcome
to the 2011 QS World University Rankings
®
Report
T
he 2011 QS World University Rank-
ings® have been compiled following
the most wide-ranging surveys of their kind
ever conducted. Universities are complex, and
numbers alone do not tell the whole story. The
views of the most informed stakeholders form
a key counterbalance to data on citations and
teaching resources.
Yet in order to harness these views effective-
ly, they must be drawn from a truly representa-
tive global sample. To this end, QS has dramati-
cally increased the scope of its surveys in 2011.
For this year’s rankings we have drawn on the
views of over 33,000 academics and 16,000
graduate employers from around the globe.
Despite the expanded sample size, this year’s
rankings are notable above all for their stability.
The QS methodology has remained unchanged
since 2005 (the year the employer review was
introduced), allowing for valid year-on-year
comparisons. The line-up of the top 50 differs
by just two institutions from that of 2010,
while there was a turnover of just five in the
top 100.
Changes to the international balance of
power can be traced over the last few years, but
as the rankings have matured they have largely
balanced receptiveness to genuine change with
resistance to artificial volatility. This year’s rank-
ings therefore offer valuable insights into the
state of international higher education.
The 2011 QS World University Rankings®
give a clear illustration of the link between
investment and results in higher education. In
particular, those countries that have injected
funds into their leading universities are begin-
ning to see an impact. China is the classic
example, with Peking and Tsinghua universities
leading an overall rise in the positions of those
institutions that have benefited from a series of
huge funding programmes.
Japan, South Korea and Germany are among
the other countries to have channelled extra
support into a limited number of universities
judged capable of international excellence. All
have seen significant rises in the rankings by at
least some of the beneficiaries, while countries
that have cut funding for higher education
have seen a gradual decline in the international
standing of their universities.
In the United States, which remains the
dominant force in global higher education,
the leading universities are sufficiently wealthy
to ride out a drop in their endowments. But
state universities have suffered big budget cuts
and several have been overtaken in the latest
rankings. The United Kingdom, which again
provides the leading university – Cambridge -
is yet to feel the full force of higher education
budget cuts.
Expansion in global participation means
many students are paying more than ever
before for their education, and university
rankings are an increasingly important source
of independent comparative information. And
with universities from a remarkable 73 nations
featuring in the rankings this year, for the
rapidly growing number of students consider-
ing international study the range of options has
never been wider.
John O’Leary
John O’Leary is the Editor of the
Times Good University Guide
and a member of the
QS Academic Advisory Board
Danny Byrne
Danny Byrne is the Editor of
TopUniversities.com
4 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
Diverse Top 500 shows
benefits of sustained
investment
With more countries than ever represented, this year’s rankings reflect
global investment in higher education, says John O’Leary
The latest
rankings
demonstrate
the link between
sustained
investment
and academic
strength.
W
hen Cambridge topped the QS World
University Rankings® for the first
time last year, some commentators thought
it a one-off interruption to Harvard’s global
supremacy. But Cambridge shows today that
its pre-eminence was no fluke by retaining the
leadership in the 2011 rankings.
Harvard has closed the gap fractionally on
Cambridge, but the decline in staffing levels
that cost it top place in 2010 has not been
reversed. Although it dominated the series of
subject rankings published by QS in recent
months, it remains second in the world overall.
Almost 3,000 institutions were included in
the research that produced the latest rankings
and a record 712 feature in the results. The
outcome shows the increasingly competitive
nature of global higher education, with 32
countries represented in the top 200, three
more than last year.
While the United States remains the
superpower of the university world, occupying
13 of the top 20 places and more than 50 of
the top 200, the leading universities of Europe
and Asia are making up ground. The United
Kingdom has cemented its place as the nearest
challenger, taking the other seven places in the
top 20, including four of the top ten.
The latest rankings demonstrate the link
between sustained investment and academic
strength. They deliberately to do not measure
institutional wealth, but the results show the
benefits of sharply increased funding in several
countries and the impact of cuts elsewhere.
China, for example, which has seen the world’s
biggest investment programme in higher
education over the past decade, has more
universities in the ranking than ever before.
Nearly all of them have improved their
positions since 2010.
Several of the German universities selected
for extra funding under the government’s
Excellence Initiative have also risen in the
rankings. In the US, however, where budget
cuts and falls in endowment have led to staffing
reductions in state and private universities, the
result has been an overall decline in ranking
positions. While most of the top performers
have maintained or even improved their
placings, some of those outside the top 50
have been overtaken.
Budget cuts cost the University of
California, Berkeley, a place in the top 20.
While both academics and employers placed it
in the top four, its staffing levels did not match
those in the top 300 universities.
The American malaise has not affected the
performance of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, which was ninth only two years
ago but has moved up another two places to
third, overtaking Yale University. Oxford has
moved up to fifth in the world, just ahead of
Imperial College London and University
College London, which has dropped three
places to seventh.
This year’s rankings draw on the biggest-ever
surveys of academic and employer opinion re-
garding the world’s top universities. More than
33,000 academics from 141 countries had their
say on the leading institutions in their field,
while the employer survey saw even stronger
growth in participation, with 16,785 responses
coming from more than 130 countries.
Both groups placed Harvard top, but
Cambridge’s superiority on other indicators
gave it the overall lead. As in previous years,
universities were rated on the number of cita-
tions per faculty member and the proportion
of international academics and students, as well
as staffing levels and academic and employer
opinion. Researchers at the California Institute
of Technology continue to be the world’s most
cited, but a sharp decline in the institute’s
employer rating has restricted it to twelfth
place this year.
The QS rankings, which were first published
in 2004 and are the most widely-read of the
international comparisons of higher education
institutions, have become an important
measure of progress for universities because of
their stability. The average change in position
among the top 50 universities is less than
three places, while among the top 100 it is less
than six places (down from more than seven
in 2010).
However, this has not prevented new names
from making their mark. Five universities have
entered the top 100 this year and there are ten
new entries to the top 200. Among them are
UNAM, from Mexico, and Sao Paolo, from
Brazil, leading a much stronger representation
from Latin America, while King Saud Univer-
sity, in Saudi Arabia, is the standard bearer for
an improved showing in the Middle East.
The top Continental European university,
at 18th, is ETH Zurich, one of a number of
technological universities to shine in this year’s
rankings. However, McGill University, in Mon-
treal, has overtaken it to become the highest-
placed university outside the US and UK.
Leading Asian institutions continue their
progress up the rankings, with the University of
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 5
Hong Kong, the highest-placed just outside the
top 20. It is one of three Hong Kong universi-
ties in the top 40. Japan continues to have Asia’s
biggest representation in the top 200, with 11
universities, led by Tokyo in 25th place.
Australia is the other country with a large
group of universities in the upper reaches of
the rankings. It continues to boast five in the
top 50, led by the Australian National Univer-
sity, at 25th, while all of the Group of Eight
universities appear in the top 100.
The University of Cape Town remains Af-
rica’s only representative in the top 200, rising
five places to 156th. Other universities on the
continent struggle to compete internationally
because of the legacy of underfunding that
most have endured for several decades.
The rankings illustrate the continuing
growth in international student mobility, with
more applicants gravitating towards the leading
universities worldwide. The number of interna-
tional students at the top 50 universities has
increased by 6.4% in a single year, while the
figure for the top 100 is only 3.8%. This comes
at a time when overall growth in student num-
bers has been less than 1% at both groups.
Rankings are used by employers for
graduate recruitment, by universities in the
search for partners and even by some
governments for immigration purposes.
However, prospective students and their
families remain the most numerous readers, as
they use ranking positions to help identify the
leading institutions in an increasingly competi-
tive market.
The main ranking, as well as separate tables
for the arts and humanities, engineering and
technology, life sciences, natural sciences and
social sciences, will be available online and
as an iPhone app, as well as through media
partners of QS in a number of countries. A
paperback guide will be published later
in the year.
This year’s rankings draw on the
biggest-ever surveys of academic
and employer opinion regarding
the world’s top universities.
6 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
1

r
a
n
k
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
A
c
a
d
e
m
i
c
R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
E
m
p
l
o
y
e
r

R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
F
a
c
u
l
t
y

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
C
i
t
a
t
i
o
n
s

p
e
r

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
s
O
v
e
r
a
l
l
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE
1 1 University of Cambridge GB L FC VH 5 100.0 2 100.0 3 98.9 32 92.7 38 98.4 34 96.6 38 100.0
2 2 Harvard University US L FC VH 5 100.0 1 100.0 1 96.4 47 100.0 5 76.9 136 86.0 88 99.3
3 5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US M CO VH 5 100.0 6 100.0 4 99.9 17 99.6 13 50.0 212 97.9 32 99.2
4 3 Yale University US M FC VH 5 100.0 10 100.0 4 100.0 15 97.2 25 84.3 110 65.6 170 98.8
5 6 University of Oxford GB L FC VH 5 100.0 3 100.0 2 100.0 14 82.0 65 98.2 35 95.9 43 98.0
6 7 Imperial College London GB L FC VH 5 99.8 15 100.0 4 99.7 24 79.6 78 99.7 26 99.9 15 97.6
7 4 UCL (University College London) GB L FC VH 5 99.4 24 82.0 34 99.0 31 89.5 51 96.2 48 99.7 17 97.3
8 8 University of Chicago US L FC VH 5 99.9 14 90.0 15 95.8 50 92.3 41 71.5 155 81.4 105 96.1
9 12 University of Pennsylvania US L FC VH 5 98.7 31 90.0 15 99.5 27 94.9 33 64.1 169 66.3 168 95.7
10 11 Columbia University US L FC VH 5 99.9 13 100.0 4 95.8 49 95.8 30 17.1 301+ 86.2 87 95.3
11 13 Stanford University US L FC VH 5 100.0 5 100.0 4 74.9 120 100.0 3 36.6 269 96.5 39 93.4
12 9 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) US S CO VH 5 99.0 26 25.8 204 97.0 44 100.0 1 99.0 30 93.9 54 93.0
13 10 Princeton University US M CO VH 5 100.0 9 67.9 43 75.3 119 100.0 6 96.5 46 69.3 149 91.9
14 15 University of Michigan US XL FC VH 5 99.8 21 90.0 15 91.5 61 85.3 59 53.6 202 51.2 229 91.3
15 16 Cornell University US L FC VH 5 99.8 17 90.0 15 74.7 121 96.8 27 44.7 231 70.2 148 90.7
16 17 Johns Hopkins University US L FC VH 5 95.9 42 55.9 100 99.3 29 99.8 11 18.2 301+ 70.9 147 90.0
17 19 McGill University CA L FC VH 5 98.8 29 90.0 15 89.9 69 62.6 139 82.0 119 94.2 51 89.6
18 18 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) CH L FO VH 5 99.2 25 74.6 40 54.4 216 99.0 17 100.0 5 99.1 21 89.5
19 14 Duke University US L FC VH 5 95.4 43 65.0 47 99.8 23 96.3 29 17.5 301+ 55.5 216 89.3
20 22 University of Edinburgh GB L FC VH 5 98.9 28 90.0 15 73.7 124 68.8 110 88.8 89 92.7 59 87.8
21 28 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) US XL FC VH 5 100.0 4 100.0 4 44.7 301+ 95.7 32 95.2 57 62.2 186 87.6
22 23 University of Hong Kong (HKU) HK L FC VH 5 98.9 27 59.4 51 95.1 53 54.5 172 100.0 15 98.9 23 87.0
23 29 University of Toronto CA XL FC VH 5 99.9 12 90.0 15 65.3 155 77.3 85 91.3 79 49.0 244 86.2
24 26 Northwestern University US L FC VH 5 91.5 55 77.1 36 82.8 94 93.6 36 12.4 301+ 80.9 109 85.9
25 24 The University of Tokyo JP L FC VH 5 100.0 7 90.0 15 92.2 58 74.0 91 10.8 301+ 29.2 301+ 85.9
26 20 Australian National University (ANU) AU L CO VH 4 99.8 20 59.4 51 71.7 132 70.0 105 100.0 20 96.8 36 85.7
27 21 King's College London (KCL) GB L FC VH 5 92.0 51 59.4 51 87.5 78 68.5 112 95.3 56 92.4 60 85.0
28 31 National University of Singapore (NUS) SG XL FC VH 5 100.0 11 92.6 14 72.2 130 43.9 243 100.0 9 99.4 19 84.1
29 30 The University of Manchester GB XL FC VH 5 98.4 32 100.0 4 66.0 153 54.1 174 89.2 87 90.1 70 84.0
30 27 University of Bristol GB L FC VH 5 89.3 60 90.0 15 77.1 112 69.3 109 87.7 95 73.0 140 83.7
31 38 The University of Melbourne AU XL FC VH 5 99.8 16 100.0 4 38.1 301+ 78.4 82 80.7 120 95.2 46 83.6
32 25 Kyoto University JP L FC VH 5 99.8 19 59.4 51 96.5 46 70.9 99 14.5 301+ 24.0 301+ 82.9
33 33 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris) FR S SP VH 5 93.5 47 59.4 51 94.3 54 67.8 115 29.5 301+ 72.3 143 82.4
34 35 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) US XL FC VH 4 100.0 8 90.0 15 48.7 271 99.9 8 4.1 301+ 27.1 301+ 81.9
35 32 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) CH M FO VH 5 78.6 89 52.1 154 97.7 40 69.9 106 100.0 3 100.0 5 81.8
36 36 Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech FR S CO VH 5 75.5 99 90.0 15 100.0 12 56.9 158 73.4 150 94.8 47 80.5
37 42 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) HK L FC VH 3 92.0 52 55.9 100 80.8 100 53.8 177 98.2 36 75.0 133 79.5
38 37 The University of Sydney AU XL FC VH 5 99.5 23 74.7 39 53.4 225 50.6 198 99.7 27 94.3 50 79.3
39 39 Brown University US M FC VH 5 85.0 65 55.9 100 68.5 142 98.8 21 44.0 234 49.1 243 79.2
40 40 HKUST HK M CO VH 2 91.7 53 47.5 156 83.5 90 47.5 222 100.0 10 98.6 26 79.1
41 48 University of Wisconsin-Madison US XL FC VH 5 96.4 40 55.9 100 78.4 107 67.6 116 46.2 225 36.0 301+ 79.0
42 50 Seoul National University (SNU) KR L FC VH 4 98.3 33 55.9 100 93.0 55 42.2 256 43.1 239 60.5 194 78.7
43 34 Carnegie Mellon University US M FC VH 5 88.0 63 59.4 51 71.4 134 74.5 90 38.1 261 94.4 49 78.5
44 41 New York University (NYU) US XL FC VH 5 97.0 37 63.5 48 91.7 60 43.0 249 23.8 301+ 58.6 200 77.7
45 49 Osaka University JP L FC VH 4 89.7 59 55.9 100 91.9 59 70.1 103 15.1 301+ 28.6 301+ 77.6
46 47 Peking University CN L FC VH 5 99.8 18 82.6 33 90.4 65 29.7 301+ 35.5 275 39.4 295 77.4
47 54 Tsinghua University CN XL FC VH 5 98.7 30 86.5 32 86.1 84 26.4 301+ 52.8 203 30.1 301+ 76.3
48 43 The University of Queensland (UQ) AU XL FC VH 5 94.4 45 59.4 51 38.6 301+ 67.6 116 97.5 41 92.0 61 75.9
49 46 The University of New South Wales (UNSW) AU XL FC VH 4 96.1 41 78.6 35 36.2 301+ 56.3 162 92.4 73 95.7 45 75.7
50 53 The University of Warwick GB L FC HI 3 89.9 57 100.0 4 59.4 185 30.7 301+ 90.0 86 98.7 24 74.9
51 44 University of British Columbia CA XL FC VH 5 99.6 22 59.4 51 32.6 301+ 85.6 57 26.7 301+ 51.1 231 74.8
52 45 University of Copenhagen DK L FC VH 5 82.8 71 55.9 100 99.8 21 43.6 245 71.1 156 45.8 262 74.7
53 51 Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg DE L FC VH 5 92.7 50 15.3 283 86.7 81 53.7 178 54.9 200 73.5 138 74.6
54 58 Technische Universität München DE L FO VH 5 82.3 73 73.1 41 97.7 42 34.1 301+ 57.5 195 68.1 153 74.3
55 57 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill US L FC VH 5 83.0 68 55.9 100 74.1 123 86.5 56 9.8 301+ 15.9 301+ 73.6
56 55 University of Washington US XL FC VH 5 93.5 48 29.6 194 47.8 275 99.8 9 9.2 301+ 23.8 301+ 72.9
57 60 Tokyo Institute of Technology JP M CO VH 5 78.3 91 59.4 51 88.3 76 65.5 127 22.6 301+ 43.2 277 72.7
58 74 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) SG L CO VH 4 88.0 64 59.4 51 77.7 110 22.6 301+ 100.0 6 98.2 28 72.5
59 77 University of Glasgow GB L FC VH 5 81.2 78 55.9 100 53.8 219 72.3 96 79.6 130 69.1 151 72.1
60 61 Monash University AU XL FC VH 3 96.5 39 90.0 15 41.6 301+ 34.9 299 58.6 186 96.7 37 72.1
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 7
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
1

r
a
n
k
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
A
c
a
d
e
m
i
c
R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
E
m
p
l
o
y
e
r

R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
F
a
c
u
l
t
y

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
C
i
t
a
t
i
o
n
s

p
e
r

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
s
O
v
e
r
a
l
l
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE
61 63 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign US XL FC VH 5 97.4 35 45.0 158 25.8 301+ 87.3 53 32.5 287 55.9 214 71.9
62 66 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München DE XL FC VH 5 95.2 44 45.4 157 34.4 301+ 80.1 75 37.1 267 57.6 203 71.6
63 56 University of Amsterdam NL XL FC VH 5 91.4 56 55.9 100 53.7 224 64.2 134 56.3 199 32.1 301+ 71.5
64 80 London School of Economics (LSE) GB M SP VH 5 88.1 62 100.0 4 54.4 216 15.2 301+ 100.0 16 100.0 1 70.5
65 52 Trinity College Dublin (TCD) IE L FC HI 5 81.0 81 59.4 51 58.0 193 47.7 220 99.1 29 84.9 94 70.0
66 70 Freie Universität Berlin DE XL FC HI 4 89.9 58 23.0 223 30.5 301+ 95.8 31 45.0 230 57.6 204 70.0
67 59 University of Birmingham GB L FC VH 5 78.4 90 61.4 50 60.3 177 55.3 168 83.4 114 75.1 132 69.9
68 86 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven BE XL FC VH 5 88.4 61 55.9 100 22.6 301+ 85.1 60 64.2 168 56.7 212 69.9
69 71 University of Geneva CH L FC VH 5 65.4 132 4.4 301+ 66.4 151 93.3 37 100.0 19 99.2 20 69.9
70= 64 Boston University US L FC VH 5 74.0 105 59.4 51 63.7 162 75.2 89 14.3 301+ 85.9 90 69.7
70= 102 Tohoku University JP L FC VH 5 73.3 108 55.9 100 96.7 45 57.3 155 23.4 301+ 29.0 301+ 69.7
72 69 The University of Shefeld GB L FC VH 5 76.5 95 59.4 51 61.3 173 56.3 162 83.0 116 80.9 108 69.6
73 89 The University of Western Australia (UWA) AU L FC VH 5 79.5 87 55.9 100 40.5 301+ 64.9 129 99.9 24 87.0 86 69.2
74 73 The University of Nottingham GB XL FC VH 5 75.4 100 90.0 15 53.8 223 44.2 239 88.4 91 85.6 91 68.8
75 81 University of Southampton GB L FC VH 5 72.1 113 59.4 51 62.3 169 58.4 149 90.1 85 80.0 114 68.8
76 67 University of Texas at Austin US XL FC VH 5 97.2 36 62.5 49 22.1 301+ 66.2 123 60.1 178 32.2 301+ 68.7
77 65 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) US L FC VH 4 97.6 34 18.1 251 26.5 301+ 99.9 7 3.1 301+ 17.6 301+ 68.5
78 75= Washington University in St. Louis US L FC VH 5 58.9 158 6.0 301+ 99.8 22 98.3 22 13.7 301+ 53.6 222 68.5
79 84 Aarhus University DK L FC VH 4 69.1 120 24.6 216 85.8 85 64.4 132 64.6 167 65.9 169 68.0
80= 91 Nagoya University JP L FC VH 5 64.9 135 55.9 100 80.5 101 79.6 79 35.1 279 26.6 301+ 68.0
80= 83 Utrecht University NL L FC VH 5 81.7 76 23.1 220 49.5 262 89.8 50 58.6 187 17.6 301+ 68.0
82 68 The University of Auckland NZ L FC VH 5 94.0 46 59.4 51 25.1 301+ 39.5 270 94.3 61 96.0 42 67.3
83 62 Uppsala University SE XL FC VH 5 82.5 72 19.2 241 38.8 301+ 90.9 43 79.3 132 22.2 301+ 67.2
84 106 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) US L CO VH 5 73.3 109 59.4 51 20.3 301+ 98.0 23 51.1 209 87.3 84 67.1
85 87 Purdue University US XL FC VH 5 81.5 77 67.5 44 36.4 301+ 55.7 165 96.2 50 63.8 179 67.1
86 72 Lund University SE XL FC VH 5 82.9 69 55.9 100 34.6 301+ 81.9 66 31.7 291 34.9 301+ 66.7
87 94 National Taiwan University (NTU) TW XL FC VH 4 96.5 38 55.9 100 36.2 301+ 60.7 143 18.0 301+ 17.2 301+ 66.6
88 82 Leiden University NL L FC VH 5 84.4 66 15.2 285 27.2 301+ 99.0 16 73.5 149 21.9 301+ 66.6
89 75= University of Helsinki FI L CO VH 5 80.6 82 20.9 232 72.9 128 69.6 108 31.9 290 12.9 301+ 66.4
90 79 KAIST KR M CO VH 3 79.9 85 23.8 217 89.9 68 45.3 232 41.0 249 25.2 301+ 66.0
91 105 Fudan University CN L FC VH 5 91.5 54 59.4 51 49.7 260 41.2 259 18.2 301+ 56.9 209 65.7
92 103 The University of Adelaide AU L FC VH 5 75.1 103 59.4 51 35.2 301+ 59.8 145 94.6 58 94.0 52 65.7
93 85 University of Leeds GB L FC VH 5 81.1 79 59.4 51 51.8 243 40.2 265 77.0 135 75.1 131 65.7
94 98 Pennsylvania State University US XL FC VH 5 76.3 98 66.2 45 39.2 301+ 80.6 72 23.5 301+ 37.3 301+ 65.4
95 92 Durham University GB L FC HI 5 66.2 129 90.0 15 46.3 294 54.7 170 92.4 71 73.0 139 65.2
96 88 University of York GB L FC HI 3 67.4 125 59.4 51 59.5 184 52.4 190 87.4 98 85.5 92 65.2
97 95 University of St Andrews GB M FC VH 5 59.7 153 59.4 51 68.0 144 53.2 184 96.2 51 99.9 14 65.1
98 112 POSTECH KR S FO VH 3 55.8 177 17.3 257 97.7 41 80.9 69 69.9 159 11.5 301+ 65.1
99 90 Dartmouth College US M FC VH 5 44.6 246 59.4 51 86.9 80 97.9 24 10.4 301+ 48.2 248 64.9
100 78 University of Alberta CA XL FC VH 5 75.2 101 27.8 196 61.2 175 49.8 203 92.6 70 71.2 146 64.5
101 110 University of California, Davis (UCD) US XL FC VH 5 77.3 94 17.1 260 36.7 301+ 94.4 35 40.1 252 45.2 269 64.4
102 96 University of Minnesota US XL FC VH 5 82.8 70 24.8 215 25.0 301+ 98.9 19 26.9 301+ 27.1 301+ 64.3
103 99 Erasmus University Rotterdam NL L FO VH 4 54.6 182 59.4 51 46.6 288 96.9 26 51.8 207 74.4 135 64.0
104 108 Delft University of Technology NL L FO VH 5 76.4 96 59.4 51 46.3 293 43.8 244 91.4 78 72.3 144 63.9
105 97 Universität Freiburg DE L FC VH 5 69.3 119 2.4 301+ 90.0 66 52.8 186 62.4 174 56.5 213 63.7
106 101 University of Zurich CH L FC VH 5 74.6 104 20.7 233 39.5 301+ 69.8 107 99.6 28 66.6 164 63.3
107 113 University of Southern California US XL FC VH 5 61.7 147 25.0 213 73.6 125 66.3 122 49.6 214 87.6 79 63.2
108 100 University of Oslo NO L FC VH 5 70.3 118 10.8 301+ 91.2 62 44.0 242 41.7 245 66.3 167 62.9
109 111 Maastricht University NL L FO VH 3 37.5 288 55.9 100 72.4 129 85.5 58 82.3 117 99.9 11 62.5
110 129 City University of Hong Kong HK M CO VH 3 72.2 112 18.7 243 67.7 145 38.6 275 100.0 14 76.6 126 62.0
111 125 Ohio State University US XL FC VH 5 73.9 106 55.9 100 35.9 301+ 65.9 125 65.2 165 31.4 301+ 61.5
112 93 Lomonosov Moscow State University RU XL FC VH 5 77.3 93 59.4 51 100.0 7 5.5 301+ 5.4 301+ 37.4 301+ 61.3
113 104 University of Maryland, College Park US XL FC VH 5 67.3 126 20.3 236 60.2 179 76.8 87 38.2 260 30.6 301+ 61.0
114 107 Emory University US L FC VH 5 37.3 291 37.9 162 88.6 75 96.5 28 27.4 301+ 43.5 274 60.4
115 120 University of Groningen NL L FC VH 5 60.4 149 25.1 210 66.9 147 61.7 142 80.7 121 55.4 217 60.4
116 119 University of Pittsburgh US L FC VH 5 49.6 212 8.2 301+ 90.7 64 80.5 73 59.0 183 24.8 301+ 60.3
117 115 Rice University US S FC VH 5 47.1 224 12.9 301+ 80.2 103 91.3 42 25.5 301+ 66.7 162 60.2
118 116 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) US L CO VH 5 79.7 86 3.2 301+ 15.4 301+ 98.8 20 42.6 241 30.8 301+ 59.9
119 118 Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) FR XL FO VH 3 67.7 122 7.9 301+ 76.4 118 49.5 208 31.4 295 80.3 112 59.8
120 109 Hebrew University of Jerusalem IL L FC VH 4 65.0 134 7.2 301+ 62.9 164 78.1 84 45.1 229 20.8 301+ 59.4
8 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
1

r
a
n
k
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
A
c
a
d
e
m
i
c
R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
E
m
p
l
o
y
e
r

R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
F
a
c
u
l
t
y

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
C
i
t
a
t
i
o
n
s

p
e
r

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
s
O
v
e
r
a
l
l
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE
121 133 University of Bergen NO M FC VH 4 47.0 226 12.4 301+ 77.1 114 73.8 92 91.3 79 66.8 161 59.3
122 153 Kyushu University JP L FC VH 5 56.4 173 55.9 100 95.7 51 41.9 257 15.3 301+ 25.6 301+ 58.9
123 121 University of Liverpool GB L FC VH 5 54.0 187 55.9 100 61.9 172 49.3 210 92.4 72 72.6 142 58.8
124 151 Shanghai Jiao Tong University CN XL FC VH 5 80.4 83 55.9 100 52.4 237 34.4 301+ 20.7 301+ 20.9 301+ 58.3
125 124 Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) BE L FC HI 5 72.2 111 23.0 221 16.2 301+ 80.1 74 58.3 189 67.1 160 57.8
126 130 University of Virginia US L FC VH 5 54.2 186 59.4 51 54.5 215 80.6 71 8.9 301+ 27.8 301+ 57.6
127 140 Newcastle University GB L FC VH 3 45.1 240 59.4 51 64.6 158 57.2 156 83.2 115 79.2 115 57.6
128 127= University of Rochester US M FC VH 5 42.1 261 99.9 19 66.1 124 63.5 170 62.1 189 57.4
129 142 Yonsei University KR L FC VH 5 72.4 110 37.5 179 83.6 89 21.0 301+ 14.0 301+ 36.9 301+ 57.3
130 135 University of Otago NZ L FC HI 5 63.2 141 55.9 100 30.8 301+ 50.0 202 100.0 8 82.1 103 57.2
131 134 Vanderbilt University US L FC VH 5 41.8 265 55.9 100 100.0 9 57.9 152 12.1 301+ 32.7 301+ 57.2
132 123 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin DE L FC HI 5 93.2 49 11.5 301+ 27.1 301+ 35.9 290 46.3 224 53.6 223 57.1
133 139 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon FR S CO VH 5 54.6 183 2.4 301+ 100.0 6 40.5 263 48.0 219 67.1 159 57.0
134 114 University College Dublin (UCD) IE L FC HI 5 58.8 159 59.4 51 52.7 232 31.8 301+ 95.7 54 93.2 57 56.9
135 122 Cardif University GB L FC VH 5 56.9 168 55.9 100 55.6 209 45.4 230 76.5 140 68.0 154 56.9
136 152 University of Lausanne CH M FO VH 5 46.1 233 9.2 301+ 60.6 176 78.2 83 92.9 68 76.8 125 56.7
137 136 Université de Montréal CA XL FC VH 5 64.6 136 9.7 301+ 35.3 301+ 67.0 120 73.8 147 87.4 83 56.4
138 149 Radboud University Nijmegen NL L FC VH 4 37.4 290 25.5 208 84.2 87 79.4 80 58.7 185 37.4 301+ 56.1
139 175 Hokkaido University JP L FC VH 5 52.4 198 55.9 100 70.0 140 65.5 126 6.4 301+ 17.2 301+ 55.9
140 158 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen DE XL FC VH 5 63.6 140 68.5 42 64.2 160 23.6 301+ 37.8 263 61.4 192 55.9
141 117 University of Aberdeen GB L FC HI 5 48.4 221 37.9 162 62.7 166 49.5 209 90.8 84 90.1 69 55.7
142 170 University of Colorado at Boulder US L CO VH 5 49.5 214 34.1 183 57.0 202 90.0 49 22.4 301+ 10.8 301+ 55.3
143 162= University of Bern CH L FO VH 5 38.3 284 12.4 301+ 61.2 174 87.0 54 97.5 42 56.8 211 55.0
144 132 Queen's University CA L FC VH 5 52.5 197 59.4 51 40.9 301+ 64.2 135 77.7 133 39.3 296 54.9
145 127= Case Western Reserve University US M FC VH 5 31.1 301+ 2.5 301+ 92.7 56 90.8 45 25.1 301+ 61.8 190 54.8
146 126 Eindhoven University of Technology NL M FO VH 4 46.2 232 18.2 250 99.6 25 33.5 301+ 98.9 31 37.0 301+ 54.8
147 166= KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie DE L CO VH 5 59.1 156 55.9 100 65.1 156 28.7 301+ 43.9 235 67.7 156 54.6
148 146 University of California, Irvine (UCI) US L FC VH 3 65.6 131 6.9 301+ 26.6 301+ 98.9 18 8.4 301+ 20.5 301+ 54.5
149 174 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen DE L FC VH 5 63.8 138 73.0 127 42.8 252 40.5 251 41.4 287 53.8
150 141 Technical University of Denmark DK M FO VH 5 34.4 301+ 11.9 301+ 98.6 36 53.6 181 88.8 90 58.3 202 53.8
151 137 University of Basel CH M FC VH 5 54.4 185 8.7 301+ 66.1 152 38.1 276 100.0 12 85.0 93 53.8
152 131 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen DE L FC VH 5 55.5 178 15.8 275 58.7 188 58.0 151 60.9 177 50.0 235 53.7
153 181 Lancaster University GB M FC VH 3 52.9 195 55.9 100 48.8 269 37.8 277 79.6 131 87.0 85 53.4
154 200 Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn DE L FC VH 5 66.5 128 10.3 301+ 71.5 133 34.7 301+ 16.8 301+ 52.5 226 53.4
155 143 Universität Wien AT XL FC HI 5 81.0 80 26.5 201 9.3 301+ 43.0 249 46.2 225 88.6 77 53.3
156 161 University of Cape Town ZA L FC HI 5 56.7 169 55.9 100 34.2 301+ 48.5 215 72.2 154 68.6 152 52.9
157 164 The University of Western Ontario CA L FC VH 5 50.0 208 55.9 100 22.1 301+ 88.4 52 59.0 184 19.3 301+ 52.6
158 198 Texas A&M University US XL FC VH 5 65.8 130 36.9 180 23.7 301+ 71.2 98 19.1 301+ 30.3 301+ 52.5
159 162= McMaster University CA L FC VH 5 57.8 165 15.5 279 19.1 301+ 90.3 48 42.6 241 49.8 241 52.2
160 145 University of Waterloo CA L CO VH 4 62.0 145 55.9 100 18.1 301+ 53.3 183 80.0 126 45.8 263 52.0
161 193 University of Florida US XL FC VH 5 60.0 152 23.2 218 35.0 301+ 73.4 94 19.3 301+ 32.5 301+ 51.6
162 252 University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) US L FC VH 5 46.3 230 15.0 286 50.9 249 92.3 40 6.0 301+ 30.9 301+ 51.5
163 160 University of Arizona US XL FC VH 5 60.2 151 4.6 301+ 36.1 301+ 81.0 68 27.4 301+ 23.2 301+ 51.5
164 208 Michigan State University US XL FC VH 5 62.0 144 44.7 159 29.4 301+ 53.5 182 41.2 248 49.9 236 51.4
165 192 University of Ghent BE L FC VH 5 58.4 162 24.9 214 62.6 167 47.7 219 21.3 301+ 26.5 301+ 51.3
166 155 Georgetown University US L FC HI 5 51.6 200 59.4 51 58.1 191 43.1 248 28.0 301+ 36.4 301+ 51.0
167 207 Universiti Malaya (UM) MY L FC HI 5 56.3 176 37.9 162 76.4 117 4.6 301+ 76.8 137 71.3 145 50.9
168 144 University of Bath GB L CO VH 3 48.6 219 59.4 51 37.0 301+ 39.5 269 87.5 97 94.8 48 50.8
169= 222 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) MX XL FC VH 5 79.4 88 55.9 100 52.6 235 4.5 301+ 16.1 301+ 3.8 301+ 50.7
169= 253 Universidade de São Paulo (USP) BR XL FC VH 4 75.1 102 52.8 153 39.0 301+ 28.8 301+ 11.6 301+ 6.1 301+ 50.7
171 180 Chulalongkorn University TH XL FC HI 4 82.2 74 55.9 100 43.8 301+ 7.4 301+ 17.2 301+ 3.4 301+ 50.7
172 147 Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) GB L FC HI 5 56.4 174 14.9 288 66.5 150 15.0 301+ 96.6 45 91.0 63 50.7
173 138 Tel Aviv University IL L FC VH 4 59.0 157 8.2 301+ 17.0 301+ 99.3 14 30.1 301+ 9.4 301+ 50.6
174 157 Tufts University US M FC VH 5 29.1 301+ 5.5 301+ 60.0 181 92.6 39 100.0 22 37.7 301+ 50.6
175 178 Wageningen University NL M FO VH 4 43.0 257 6.7 301+ 99.8 20 30.9 301+ 9.5 301+ 97.4 33 50.3
176 148 Universitat de Barcelona (UB) ES XL FC VH 5 77.9 92 12.7 301+ 27.2 301+ 44.3 238 5.8 301+ 46.0 261 50.3
177 166= The Hong Kong Polytechnic University HK L CO VH 4 58.4 161 13.3 301+ 40.3 301+ 36.5 289 100.0 23 82.2 102 50.1
178 168 Stockholm University SE L CO VH 5 71.9 114 16.3 268 28.8 301+ 40.5 263 75.4 142 16.0 301+ 49.8
179 171 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam NL L FC VH 5 62.5 142 25.0 212 53.8 219 36.9 285 43.2 238 17.5 301+ 49.6
180 150 KTH, Royal Institute of Technology SE L CO VH 5 51.7 199 26.9 199 56.3 205 32.1 301+ 66.5 163 84.5 95 49.6
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 9
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
1

r
a
n
k
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
A
c
a
d
e
m
i
c
R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
E
m
p
l
o
y
e
r

R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
F
a
c
u
l
t
y

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
C
i
t
a
t
i
o
n
s

p
e
r

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
s
O
v
e
r
a
l
l
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE
181 184 University College Cork (UCC) IE L FC HI 5 49.0 217 55.9 100 49.5 262 31.0 301+ 94.5 60 51.5 228 49.6
182 195 Universität Frankfurt am Main DE XL FC HI 4 58.2 163 22.2 225 38.6 301+ 53.7 180 26.5 301+ 64.8 174 49.5
183 176 Università di Bologna (UNIBO) IT XL FC VH 5 81.9 75 37.9 162 26.6 301+ 24.2 301+ 13.7 301+ 20.1 301+ 49.4
184 183 University of Gothenburg SE L FC VH 5 46.9 227 13.9 297 41.2 301+ 62.3 141 72.7 152 77.5 122 49.3
185 182 Waseda University JP XL CO VH 5 76.3 97 59.4 51 35.5 301+ 7.8 301+ 35.2 278 26.7 301+ 49.2
186= 177 Nanjing University CN L FC VH 5 70.6 117 16.9 262 43.2 301+ 34.3 301+ 47.2 222 6.2 301+ 49.1
186= 172 University of Tsukuba JP L FC VH 3 53.8 188 3.9 301+ 82.8 95 36.7 288 15.5 301+ 30.4 301+ 49.1
188= 206 Keio University JP XL FC HI 5 64.5 137 59.4 51 59.9 182 15.8 301+ 15.0 301+ 9.0 301+ 49.0
188= 154 University of Science and Technology of China CN L CO VH 4 62.4 143 11.0 301+ 56.6 204 51.9 191 5.0 301+ 1.5 301+ 49.0
190 191 Korea University KR XL FC VH 5 70.8 116 27.4 197 58.4 190 18.5 301+ 15.3 301+ 17.3 301+ 49.0
191 218 Zhejiang University CN XL FC VH 5 66.6 127 35.1 182 36.7 301+ 45.4 231 17.1 301+ 7.8 301+ 48.8
192 188 University of Iowa US L FC VH 5 42.6 259 7.0 301+ 52.3 240 82.6 64 32.5 286 22.3 301+ 48.4
193 197 Queen's University of Belfast GB L FC HI 5 40.4 270 55.9 100 57.9 197 34.8 301+ 98.6 33 43.3 276 48.3
194 173 Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona ES L FC VH 3 71.2 115 13.2 301+ 34.9 301+ 39.4 271 17.8 301+ 33.9 301+ 48.2
195 169 University of Leicester GB L FC HI 4 34.3 301+ 10.9 301+ 51.5 246 68.4 113 84.6 108 80.4 111 48.0
196 209 Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) BE L FC HI 5 53.0 194 18.7 244 39.5 301+ 33.8 301+ 88.4 92 96.5 40 47.9
197= 179 University of Antwerp BE M FC VH 1 36.5 299 11.8 301+ 98.6 37 26.9 301+ 64.6 166 48.8 245 47.5
197= 156 University of Sussex GB M FC HI 4 48.8 218 7.3 301+ 38.1 301+ 49.6 206 92.7 69 82.6 100 47.5
199 201 University of Dundee GB L FC HI 5 32.7 301+ 4.0 301+ 67.2 146 59.4 147 84.4 109 66.4 165 47.3
200 221 King Saud University (KSU) SA XL FC HI 4 56.6 171 6.7 301+ 83.1 93 2.2 301+ 94.5 59 22.7 301+ 47.1
201 203 Sciences Po Paris FR M SP MD 5 36.1 301+ 59.4 51 90.8 63 1.3 301+ 50.1 211 97.4 34 47.1
202 204 Chalmers University of Technology SE M CO VH 5 45.5 236 27.8 195 46.9 285 45.7 229 52.1 205 74.9 134 46.8
203 242 Universität Hamburg DE L FC VH 4 63.6 139 9.9 301+ 57.8 198 21.2 301+ 27.4 301+ 44.5 272 46.7
204 238 Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) BE M FC VH 3 38.8 279 35.9 181 81.4 98 31.3 301+ 23.9 301+ 53.2 224 46.4
205 217 Technische Universität Berlin DE L CO VH 5 61.4 148 30.3 193 40.4 301+ 15.9 301+ 50.7 210 80.1 113 46.3
206 186 Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) FR L SP HI 5 84.1 67 37.9 162 16.9 301+ 1.3 301+ 7.3 301+ 77.6 121 46.2
207 259 University of Exeter GB L FC HI 4 40.1 273 55.9 100 31.6 301+ 42.4 255 86.8 103 90.0 73 46.2
208 226 Université Paris-Sud 11 FR L FO VH 3 46.7 228 1.6 301+ 54.9 213 49.6 206 47.0 223 63.2 182 46.1
209 205 Universität Stuttgart DE L CO VH 5 45.4 237 26.9 200 77.2 111 14.1 301+ 39.0 256 81.1 107 46.0
210 190 Sapienza - Università di Roma IT XL FC VH 5 80.2 84 18.3 249 11.4 301+ 37.2 284 2.9 301+ 23.4 301+ 45.8
211 220 Macquarie University AU L FC HI 3 53.1 192 55.9 100 11.0 301+ 31.7 301+ 88.3 93 99.6 18 45.7
212 189 University of Canterbury NZ L CO HI 5 50.3 206 59.4 51 20.1 301+ 28.2 301+ 100.0 17 77.4 124 45.5
213= 196 National Tsing Hua University TW M CO VH 4 57.5 166 6.1 301+ 29.5 301+ 62.4 140 35.9 273 13.6 301+ 45.3
213= 229 Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne FR XL FO HI 5 73.5 107 55.9 100 15.2 301+ 3.6 301+ 33.4 284 80.9 110 45.3
215 185 University of Reading GB L CO VH 5 43.7 250 10.8 301+ 49.9 259 37.8 278 83.5 113 83.4 97 45.3
216 227 Indiana University Bloomington US XL FC VH 5 56.6 172 37.9 162 26.2 301+ 50.0 200 18.7 301+ 33.8 301+ 45.2
217 236 University of Indonesia ID XL FC MD 5 59.2 155 55.9 100 65.8 154 1.4 301+ 26.5 301+ 4.6 301+ 45.1
218= 202 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) IN M CO VH 4 54.5 184 59.4 51 36.5 301+ 45.2 234 1.2 301+ 1.7 301+ 45.1
218= 165 University of Calgary CA L FC VH 3 53.1 190 22.1 227 9.3 301+ 86.7 55 7.5 301+ 24.1 301+ 45.1
220 159 Technion - Israel Institute of Technology IL L FC VH 4 49.8 211 8.8 301+ 39.6 301+ 70.2 102 21.3 301+ 7.7 301+ 45.1
221 255 King Fahd University (KFUPM) SA M FO VH 3 41.8 264 10.6 301+ 88.8 74 5.0 301+ 100.0 2 52.8 225 45.1
222 213 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid ES XL FC HI 3 65.4 133 25.0 211 17.4 301+ 52.6 187 11.6 301+ 16.1 301+ 44.9
223 219 University of Notre Dame US M CO VH 5 36.0 301+ 55.9 100 53.4 226 56.8 159 11.0 301+ 27.7 301+ 44.8
224 211 University of Turku FI L FC HI 4 39.1 278 25.4 209 66.9 148 52.5 189 23.5 301+ 12.2 301+ 44.7
225 187 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) IN M CO VH 4 59.7 154 59.4 51 33.3 301+ 32.8 301+ 5.0 301+ 1.9 301+ 44.2
226 199 University of Twente NL M FO VH 4 39.1 277 14.1 296 47.2 281 40.8 260 79.7 128 87.4 82 43.9
227 246 Université de Strasbourg FR XL FC HI 5 68.5 121 4.6 301+ 21.5 301+ 25.4 301+ 36.0 272 74.1 136 43.6
228 224 RMIT University AU XL CO HI 5 52.7 196 59.4 51 19.3 301+ 7.0 301+ 100.0 21 100.0 6 43.1
229 228 Mahidol University TH L FC HI 4 53.2 189 5.8 301+ 84.5 86 11.4 301+ 16.4 301+ 7.8 301+ 43.1
230 235 University of Miami US L FC VH 4 23.9 301+ 3.4 301+ 80.2 103 56.9 157 56.9 197 40.0 292 43.0
231 240 Technische Universität Wien AT L FO VH 5 46.6 229 32.3 188 44.8 301+ 14.2 301+ 76.7 138 88.5 78 42.8
232 250 Aalto University FI L SP LO 1 36.4 301+ 19.7 239 89.7 70 15.7 301+ 40.9 250 42.2 283 42.6
233 247 Universität Ulm DE M FO VH 3 14.3 301+ 9.1 301+ 98.9 33 56.4 161 31.3 298 48.0 252 42.5
234 212 Dalhousie University CA L FC HI 5 35.8 301+ 12.2 301+ 39.5 301+ 63.5 137 57.6 192 51.2 230 42.4
235 292 Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) BR L FC VH 3 58.5 160 23.0 222 35.5 301+ 33.8 301+ 28.2 301+ 7.6 301+ 42.2
236 216 Rutgers - New Brunswick US XL CO VH 5 50.9 202 8.6 301+ 35.9 301+ 49.3 210 41.6 246 19.0 301+ 42.1
237 225 Victoria University of Wellington NZ L CO HI 5 50.5 204 55.9 100 17.5 301+ 15.5 301+ 100.0 18 77.7 119 42.1
238 282 Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 FR L FC HI 3 56.4 175 42.6 301+ 32.3 301+ 38.9 257 28.7 301+ 41.7
239 260 Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg DE L FC VH 5 36.4 301+ 5.5 301+ 45.6 300 63.2 138 48.3 217 31.6 301+ 41.7
240 266 Technische Universität Darmstadt DE L FO VH 5 29.5 301+ 43.2 160 76.5 116 15.6 301+ 50.0 213 75.2 130 41.6
10 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
1

r
a
n
k
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
A
c
a
d
e
m
i
c
R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
E
m
p
l
o
y
e
r

R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
F
a
c
u
l
t
y

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
C
i
t
a
t
i
o
n
s

p
e
r

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
s
O
v
e
r
a
l
l
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE
241 243 University of Surrey GB L CO VH 5 34.8 301+ 37.9 162 35.9 301+ 32.3 301+ 92.2 76 96.3 41 41.6
242 194 Stony Brook University US L FC VH 4 29.3 301+ 4.9 301+ 41.2 301+ 66.8 121 56.9 198 81.7 104 41.5
243 342 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) HK M FC HI 4 25.3 301+ 55.9 100 66.7 149 19.8 301+ 87.7 96 65.0 173 41.4
244 244 Universität Mannheim DE M FO VH 5 28.3 301+ 55.9 100 6.0 301+ 99.1 15 3.6 301+ 50.3 234 41.4
245 345 Kyung Hee University KR L FC HI 4 46.3 231 18.4 247 77.1 113 7.5 301+ 18.5 301+ 47.8 253 41.4
246 215 Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg DE L FC VH 5 27.4 301+ 70.6 137 64.7 131 30.9 299 19.8 301+ 41.4
247= 234 Kobe University JP L FC HI 4 44.2 247 37.9 162 57.9 196 29.9 301+ 10.3 301+ 20.0 301+ 41.3
247= 245 Universität Köln DE XL FC HI 5 50.2 207 32.8 187 22.8 301+ 45.2 233 24.9 301+ 46.8 257 41.3
249 254 Hiroshima University JP L FC VH 4 39.1 276 7.5 301+ 82.5 96 30.6 301+ 8.8 301+ 20.0 301+ 41.3
250 331 Pontifcia Universidad Católica de Chile CL L FC HI 5 55.1 180 58.5 99 36.1 301+ 19.1 301+ 21.0 301+ 9.3 301+ 41.2
251 210 Saint-Petersburg State University RU L FC HI 5 44.7 244 10.2 301+ 97.2 43 3.3 301+ 4.1 301+ 21.2 301+ 41.1
252 401-450 Yeshiva University US M FC VH 5 5.0 301+ 1.0 301+ 98.8 34 83.6 62 1.0 301+ 31.6 301+ 41.0
253 269 Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) ES XL FC HI 5 67.5 123 34.1 184 23.5 301+ 17.5 301+ 4.7 301+ 25.6 301+ 40.9
254 273 Université Joseph Fourier - Grenoble 1 FR L FO VH 5 43.9 249 7.3 301+ 47.2 282 42.6 253 19.5 301+ 55.6 215 40.8
255 230 University of Massachusetts, Amherst US L CO VH 5 49.5 215 10.5 301+ 30.2 301+ 53.7 178 31.4 294 15.7 301+ 40.8
256= 231 University of Ottawa CA XL FC VH 5 43.7 252 8.2 301+ 17.1 301+ 67.0 119 77.3 134 19.2 301+ 40.7
256= 281 University of South Australia (UniSA) AU L CO HI 2 41.1 269 55.9 100 32.8 301+ 10.7 301+ 100.0 4 84.2 96 40.7
258 274 Curtin University AU XL CO HI 2 42.9 258 55.9 100 24.9 301+ 10.9 301+ 100.0 13 100.0 8 40.7
259 343 Sungkyunkwan University KR L FC VH 5 37.5 289 12.2 301+ 86.5 82 16.4 301+ 18.3 301+ 43.1 278 40.7
260 214 Simon Fraser University CA L CO VH 3 44.8 242 14.1 295 15.7 301+ 47.4 224 93.6 65 62.1 188 40.5
261 299 University of East Anglia (UEA) GB L FC HI 3 38.3 285 6.5 301+ 39.1 301+ 39.8 267 80.4 124 77.7 120 40.4
262 367 Universidad de Chile CL L FC HI 5 60.3 150 47.7 155 27.2 301+ 21.1 301+ 10.3 301+ 10.0 301+ 40.3
263 261 Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD) IT XL FC VH 5 57.2 167 10.1 301+ 10.3 301+ 63.8 136 3.2 301+ 12.7 301+ 40.3
264 270 Loughborough University GB L FO VH 5 35.8 301+ 59.4 51 36.4 301+ 18.9 301+ 84.8 107 77.4 123 40.2
265 451-500 Tokyo University of Science JP L FO VH 4 49.9 210 6.9 301+ 10.0 301+ 83.1 63 2.6 301+ 40.2
266 237 Norwegian University of Science and Technology NO L FC VH 2 36.4 301+ 12.4 301+ 57.0 202 35.1 298 63.4 172 39.6 294 40.1
267 289 Queensland University of Technology (QUT) AU L CO VH 5 51.4 201 55.9 100 23.3 301+ 17.8 301+ 27.9 301+ 64.6 175 39.8
268 257 University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) AU L CO HI 2 42.1 263 59.4 51 21.0 301+ 11.2 301+ 98.2 37 95.8 44 39.7
269 267= University of Wollongong AU L FC HI 4 32.0 301+ 55.9 100 33.0 301+ 22.4 301+ 98.1 38 89.9 74 39.6
270= 326 Universidad de Buenos Aires AR XL FC HI 5 67.4 124 65.9 46 20.3 301+ 4.1 301+ 7.6 301+ 39.6
270= 265 University of Strathclyde GB L CO VH 5 44.7 243 30.8 191 34.2 301+ 21.4 301+ 79.6 129 54.9 220 39.6
272 233 Wake Forest University US M FC VH 5 7.9 301+ 2.6 301+ 99.9 18 73.1 95 2.3 301+ 12.8 301+ 39.5
273 297 Umeå University SE L FC HI 3 32.7 301+ 3.2 301+ 39.4 301+ 57.6 153 93.2 66 25.2 301+ 39.5
274 248 University of Liege BE L FC HI 5 31.9 301+ 9.5 301+ 28.0 301+ 77.1 86 10.2 301+ 69.3 150 39.5
275 451-500 Università degli Studi di Milano IT XL FC VH 4 58.0 164 14.6 292 15.2 301+ 49.7 205 11.8 301+ 9.2 301+ 39.5
276 267= Charles University CZ XL FC VH 5 50.6 203 12.5 301+ 52.8 230 15.7 301+ 9.4 301+ 59.0 198 39.4
277= 272 North Carolina State University US L CO VH 5 30.5 301+ 21.2 229 27.3 301+ 84.8 61 12.0 301+ 24.0 301+ 39.3
277= 295 Politecnico di Milano IT L SP VH 5 54.9 181 59.4 51 19.6 301+ 19.8 301+ 17.8 301+ 37.5 301+ 39.3
279 263 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) MY L FC HI 3 48.5 220 9.7 301+ 53.1 228 3.3 301+ 86.9 101 49.8 240 39.2
280 325 Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster DE XL FC HI 5 43.2 255 13.8 299 53.8 219 29.1 301+ 28.7 301+ 32.1 301+ 39.0
281 262 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) IN M CO VH 4 43.4 254 55.9 100 34.8 301+ 40.6 261 2.2 301+ 1.1 301+ 39.0
282 300= Tokyo Medical and Dental University JP S FO VH 4 11.6 301+ 100.0 5 60.2 144 3.5 301+ 26.5 301+ 38.9
283 400 Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel DE L FC HI 5 32.3 301+ 8.5 301+ 30.6 301+ 70.4 101 52.5 204 27.2 301+ 38.7
284 239 Tulane University US M FC VH 5 19.4 301+ 6.1 301+ 82.4 97 51.1 193 17.8 301+ 37.7 301+ 38.6
285= 279 École des Ponts ParisTech FR S FO HI 5 18.3 301+ 55.9 100 100.0 13 5.9 301+ 27.4 301+ 47.1 256 38.6
285= 283 National Cheng Kung University TW L FC VH 4 46.0 234 6.2 301+ 47.4 279 34.5 301+ 25.9 301+ 22.5 301+ 38.6
287 284 University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) US L CO VH 3 38.6 280 14.5 301+ 94.9 33 4.5 301+ 5.1 301+ 38.5
288 306 University of Utah US L FC VH 5 22.7 301+ 6.4 301+ 57.1 201 70.0 104 30.4 301+ 21.6 301+ 38.5
289 275= Iowa State University US L CO VH 5 32.0 301+ 12.2 301+ 24.3 301+ 67.2 118 63.4 173 44.7 271 38.5
290 278 Universität Innsbruck AT L FC HI 5 44.9 241 10.2 301+ 10.7 301+ 35.2 295 91.8 77 98.1 30 38.4
291 256 University of Newcastle AU L FC HI 3 45.6 235 17.1 258 15.2 301+ 33.0 301+ 84.9 106 75.9 128 38.4
292 241 University of Victoria CA L CO VH 3 29.3 301+ 9.3 301+ 12.8 301+ 81.1 67 87.9 94 34.3 301+ 38.3
293 291 Royal Holloway University of London GB M CO VH 5 33.1 301+ 11.0 301+ 37.2 301+ 30.0 301+ 96.2 49 98.0 31 38.2
294 223 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute US M CO VH 5 22.8 301+ 4.6 301+ 46.0 296 79.9 77 13.8 301+ 39.2 297 38.2
295 277 University of Hawaii at Mānoa US L FC VH 5 28.1 301+ 1.0 301+ 56.2 206 57.4 154 25.7 301+ 40.5 289 38.1
296 264 George Washington University US L FC HI 5 43.7 251 17.1 259 42.0 301+ 38.8 274 2.9 301+ 37.3 301+ 38.1
297 312 Universität Konstanz DE M CO VH 3 36.7 297 14.6 291 48.0 274 30.0 301+ 59.1 181 43.4 275 37.6
298 232 National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) IE L FC HI 5 30.7 301+ 21.3 228 53.8 219 18.1 301+ 95.7 55 64.1 178 37.5
299 251 Flinders University AU L FC HI 3 29.1 301+ 6.2 301+ 87.7 77 13.5 301+ 12.5 301+ 67.7 157 37.2
300= 341 American University of Beirut (AUB) LB M FC HI 5 26.0 301+ 31.0 190 60.3 178 17.3 301+ 59.9 179 89.8 75 37.2
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 11
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
1

r
a
n
k
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
A
c
a
d
e
m
i
c
R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
E
m
p
l
o
y
e
r

R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
F
a
c
u
l
t
y

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
C
i
t
a
t
i
o
n
s

p
e
r

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
s
O
v
e
r
a
l
l
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE
300= - Beijing Normal University CN L CO VH 5 47.0 225 5.8 301+ 48.6 272 13.6 301+ 75.4 143 18.2 301+ 37.2
302 290 National Yang Ming University TW S FC VH 3 15.3 301+ 3.0 301+ 98.2 39 45.1 235 13.3 301+ 12.3 301+ 37.1
303 258 University of London SOAS GB S SP LO 4 36.7 296 12.4 301+ 49.7 261 2.5 301+ 99.8 25 100.0 9 37.1
304 313 University of Oulu FI M FC VH 4 25.8 301+ 5.5 301+ 87.3 79 31.4 301+ 24.1 301+ 8.3 301+ 36.9
305 308 University of Eastern Finland FI M CO VH 1 20.3 301+ 3.3 301+ 80.5 101 48.1 217 26.4 301+ 14.0 301+ 36.9
306= 249 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) IN S CO VH 4 41.5 267 25.6 207 34.0 301+ 50.4 199 1.3 301+ 36.8
306= 327 National Chiao Tung University TW M CO VH 5 27.6 301+ 5.1 301+ 50.5 252 47.5 221 57.6 192 41.6 286 36.8
308 336 Universitat Pompeu Fabra ES M FO VH 2 36.5 300 8.5 301+ 45.6 300 28.1 301+ 73.5 148 44.2 273 36.8
309 - Université Bordeaux 1, Sciences Technologies FR M FO VH 3 29.0 301+ 65.0 157 31.5 301+ 39.8 253 60.7 193 36.6
310 303 University of Jyväskylä FI M CO VH 4 29.6 301+ 6.3 301+ 89.5 72 13.0 301+ 31.3 296 27.2 301+ 36.6
311 298 University of Southern Denmark DK L FO VH 2 23.7 301+ 11.2 301+ 64.3 159 32.4 301+ 51.8 206 66.3 166 36.6
312 324 Universität Düsseldorf DE L FC HI 3 18.8 301+ 6.0 301+ 50.0 256 72.1 97 8.9 301+ 55.1 218 36.4
313 293 University of Tromso NO S FC VH 3 17.3 301+ 3.8 301+ 99.9 16 23.9 301+ 41.6 247 25.6 301+ 36.1
314 354= Hanyang University KR L FC VH 4 32.9 301+ 9.6 301+ 74.4 122 13.5 301+ 22.9 301+ 46.6 258 35.9
315 305 University of Essex GB M CO VH 3 37.7 286 2.9 301+ 29.6 301+ 20.1 301+ 97.9 39 98.7 25 35.8
316 271 Laval University CA XL FC HI 5 33.9 301+ 1.2 301+ 18.9 301+ 76.5 88 43.3 236 35.6
317 286= La Trobe University AU L CO HI 3 43.7 253 9.5 301+ 17.7 301+ 18.1 301+ 93.9 62 91.3 62 35.5
318 280 Brandeis University US M CO HI 4 22.8 301+ 1.8 301+ 39.5 301+ 68.6 111 11.5 301+ 66.7 163 35.5
319 329 Université Paris Descartes FR L FC VH 3 32.6 301+ 6.1 301+ 28.0 301+ 55.4 167 7.8 301+ 81.3 106 35.5
320 387 Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) MX L FC MD 4 36.3 301+ 59.4 51 52.6 233 2.4 301+ 37.4 266 28.5 301+ 35.4
321 344 Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz DE XL FC HI 5 34.3 301+ 10.7 301+ 80.0 76 18.0 301+ 38.5 300 35.4
322 300= Università di Pisa IT XL FC HI 5 55.1 179 9.6 301+ 8.9 301+ 46.6 227 1.3 301+ 9.5 301+ 35.3
323 318 Chiba University JP L FC HI 5 27.5 301+ 4.6 301+ 83.3 92 25.7 301+ 5.2 301+ 20.7 301+ 35.2
324 401-450 Université Paris Dauphine FR M SP MD 3 34.7 301+ 75.6 37 36.1 301+ 3.7 301+ 12.8 301+ 89.3 76 35.2
325 285 University of California, Riverside (UCR) US L FC HI 4 29.4 301+ 1.2 301+ 15.3 301+ 90.3 47 9.0 301+ 15.3 301+ 34.9
326= 330 Dublin City University (DCU) IE M FO VH 3 21.9 301+ 55.9 100 42.9 301+ 17.2 301+ 89.0 88 65.5 171 34.8
326= 340 Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) US L FC VH 5 39.6 275 17.5 254 34.9 301+ 33.0 301+ 33.1 285 25.5 301+ 34.8
328 315 Universität des Saarlandes DE L FC HI 4 20.7 301+ 1.7 301+ 30.3 301+ 70.8 100 54.5 201 52.4 227 34.7
329= 302 Massey University NZ L CO VH 4 40.1 272 13.5 300 29.4 301+ 18.8 301+ 96.9 44 41.8 284 34.6
329= 288 Université Montpellier 2 FR L FO VH 3 25.7 301+ 58.1 191 44.9 237 16.4 301+ 45.3 267 34.6
331 310 Ruhr-Universität Bochum DE L FC VH 3 31.7 301+ 10.0 301+ 42.1 301+ 34.0 301+ 41.9 243 57.3 207 34.5
332 314 University of the Philippines PH XL FC MD 5 53.0 193 55.9 100 31.1 301+ 2.5 301+ 2.6 301+ 1.2 301+ 34.4
333 294 Universität Leipzig DE L FC VH 5 36.5 301+ 1.6 301+ 16.9 301+ 64.8 130 15.5 301+ 36.3 301+ 34.4
334 296 Aston University GB M CO HI 5 22.0 301+ 59.4 51 21.1 301+ 26.7 301+ 93.0 67 94.0 53 34.3
335 309 Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) MY L FC HI 3 50.0 209 11.2 301+ 40.7 301+ 6.8 301+ 27.8 301+ 32.3 301+ 34.3
336 335 Arizona State University US XL CO VH 5 49.5 213 9.7 301+ 16.0 301+ 39.8 266 13.7 301+ 19.8 301+ 34.3
337 393 University at Bufalo SUNY US L FC VH 5 23.5 301+ 1.0 301+ 20.3 301+ 78.8 81 12.7 301+ 72.7 141 34.3
338 372 United Arab Emirates University AE L FC MD 3 31.6 301+ 9.0 301+ 42.4 301+ 9.9 301+ 100.0 1 90.3 67 34.2
339 275= University of Cincinnati US L FC VH 5 17.5 301+ 8.6 301+ 50.7 251 68.0 114 11.0 301+ 22.1 301+ 33.9
340 322 Technische Universität Dresden DE XL FC VH 5 39.6 274 16.2 271 32.0 301+ 30.1 301+ 30.7 300 36.7 301+ 33.9
341 311 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP) IN M FO VH 4 32.1 301+ 21.2 230 43.1 301+ 47.8 218 1.2 301+ 33.9
342 321 Universitas Gadjah Mada ID XL FC LO 4 56.7 170 37.9 162 25.0 301+ 1.3 301+ 24.1 301+ 5.0 301+ 33.8
343 320 University of Tasmania AU L CO HI 5 31.9 301+ 6.2 301+ 32.5 301+ 25.0 301+ 70.0 158 90.3 68 33.5
344 348 Ewha Womans University KR L FC HI 5 37.6 287 8.4 301+ 58.7 187 12.4 301+ 21.5 301+ 32.5 301+ 33.5
345 382 Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III FR L FO VH 3 38.5 282 51.8 244 17.4 301+ 33.7 283 37.2 301+ 33.4
346 323 Grifth University AU L FC HI 3 35.1 301+ 16.2 269 17.2 301+ 18.2 301+ 97.7 40 93.3 56 32.9
347 - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid ES L FO VH 2 35.0 301+ 25.7 205 51.0 247 4.6 301+ 44.2 233 47.4 254 32.9
348 379 Universität Regensburg DE L FO VH 3 19.8 301+ 58.7 188 50.6 197 30.5 301+ 18.7 301+ 32.9
349 359 Boston College US L CO HI 5 31.6 301+ 18.5 246 32.6 301+ 22.8 301+ 95.9 53 35.2 301+ 32.8
350 390 Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 FR XL FC HI 3 38.6 281 6.8 301+ 28.7 301+ 36.8 286 10.8 301+ 46.6 259 32.7
351 361 Brunel University GB L CO HI 3 23.1 301+ 37.9 162 21.1 301+ 27.6 301+ 93.8 63 90.7 65 32.6
352 354= James Cook University (JCU) AU M FC VH 3 23.0 301+ 4.6 301+ 24.3 301+ 48.5 213 91.0 82 64.3 176 32.6
353 358 Universidad Austral AR S FO HI 2 22.7 301+ 37.9 162 83.4 91 3.2 301+ 9.0 301+ 24.6 301+ 32.5
354 351= Washington State University US L FC HI 5 32.4 301+ 6.2 301+ 36.4 301+ 29.9 301+ 74.8 144 22.9 301+ 32.4
355 316= Universität Bielefeld DE L CO HI 3 38.4 283 3.0 301+ 12.8 301+ 56.5 160 17.2 301+ 26.5 301+ 32.3
356 451-500 City University London GB L CO HI 5 28.1 301+ 31.7 189 27.2 301+ 13.1 301+ 85.6 105 98.2 29 32.3
357 316= University of Waikato NZ M CO HI 3 30.2 301+ 12.2 301+ 32.8 301+ 12.9 301+ 96.1 52 87.5 80 32.2
358 319 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) MY L FC HI 4 36.8 292 11.1 301+ 62.5 168 3.1 301+ 9.3 301+ 42.3 282 32.2
359 378 Philipps-Universität Marburg DE L FC HI 5 25.3 301+ 46.6 288 37.7 280 38.0 262 49.9 237 32.0
360= 307 Ateneo de Manila University PH M FC LO 5 41.4 268 55.9 100 38.1 301+ 1.3 301+ 15.0 301+ 11.6 301+ 32.0
12 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
1

r
a
n
k
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
A
c
a
d
e
m
i
c
R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
E
m
p
l
o
y
e
r

R
e
p
u
t
a
t
i
o
n
F
a
c
u
l
t
y

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
C
i
t
a
t
i
o
n
s

p
e
r

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

F
a
c
u
l
t
y
I
n
t
e
r
n
a
t
i
o
n
a
l

S
t
u
d
e
n
t
s
O
v
e
r
a
l
l
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE RANK SCORE
360= 328 Università degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI) IT XL FC HI 4 48.1 222 3.6 301+ 13.9 301+ 38.8 273 6.7 301+ 17.7 301+ 32.0
362 451-500 Aalborg University DK L FC HI 5 23.6 301+ 19.8 238 45.6 300 24.9 301+ 66.1 164 48.4 246 31.9
363 334 Colorado State University US L CO VH 5 24.7 301+ 15.5 278 12.9 301+ 80.6 70 11.1 301+ 10.5 301+ 31.8
364 333 York University CA XL CO HI 4 44.6 245 37.9 162 18.4 301+ 13.1 301+ 47.4 221 17.7 301+ 31.8
365 338 University of Connecticut US L FC VH 5 19.0 301+ 5.0 301+ 39.2 301+ 64.3 133 24.3 301+ 21.1 301+ 31.7
366 349 Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz AT XL FO HI 5 36.8 293 5.5 301+ 11.2 301+ 44.2 240 57.9 191 35.8 301+ 31.7
367 339 Universität Bremen DE L CO VH 3 34.3 301+ 5.2 301+ 35.3 301+ 31.3 301+ 23.2 301+ 45.5 266 31.6
368 383 University of St Gallen (HSG) CH M SP HI 5 21.0 301+ 55.9 100 28.8 301+ 6.7 301+ 96.3 47 99.0 22 31.5
369 - Birkbeck College, University of London GB M FO VH 5 36.7 294 3.1 301+ 20.0 301+ 28.0 301+ 93.7 64 31.3 301+ 31.5
370 401-450 King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) SA XL FC MD 3 34.3 301+ 4.6 301+ 53.1 227 1.6 301+ 68.9 160 42.5 281 31.3
371 401-450 University of Missouri, Columbia US L FC VH 5 22.9 301+ 9.2 301+ 42.1 301+ 49.1 212 32.3 289 13.5 301+ 31.2
372 - Central European University HU S FO HI 2 20.9 301+ 17.5 253 98.3 38 4.1 301+ 31.2
373= N/A Taipei Medical University TW M SP HI 4 19.3 301+ 4.8 301+ 41.8 301+ 58.5 148 18.9 301+ 25.3 301+ 31.1
373= - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya ES L CO VH 3 30.8 301+ 5.3 301+ 62.3 170 9.9 301+ 15.5 301+ 48.2 249 31.1
375 353 Universidad de Navarra ES M FC HI 4 21.1 301+ 16.0 272 58.0 194 22.5 301+ 20.7 301+ 63.6 180 31.0
376 399 Universität Jena DE L FC HI 5 27.5 301+ 1.7 301+ 35.3 301+ 49.7 204 18.5 301+ 21.6 301+ 30.8
377 - Sultan Qaboos University OM L FC MD 3 15.1 301+ 5.2 301+ 92.3 57 2.6 301+ 92.2 75 30.7
378 374 Illinois Institute of Technology US M CO VH 5 21.1 301+ 5.1 301+ 47.8 276 24.1 301+ 35.5 277 100.0 4 30.7
379 - Bauman Moscow State Technical University RU L FO MD 5 17.8 301+ 20.9 231 100.0 8 1.0 301+ 1.0 301+ 9.6 301+ 30.5
380 401-450 Universitá degli Studi di Roma - Tor Vergata IT XL CO VH 3 44.1 248 7.5 301+ 8.8 301+ 43.3 247 6.6 301+ 15.2 301+ 30.5
381 381 Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro BR XL FC VH 4 45.1 238 5.0 301+ 34.2 301+ 18.1 301+ 13.4 301+ 4.3 301+ 30.5
382 401-450 Xi'an Jiaotong University CN L FC VH 5 31.5 301+ 20.4 235 62.1 171 9.7 301+ 5.9 301+ 11.5 301+ 30.5
383 350 University of Kentucky US L FC VH 5 13.8 301+ 5.0 301+ 38.8 301+ 73.7 93 11.3 301+ 13.8 301+ 30.4
384 363 Università degli Studi di Pavia (UNIPV) IT L FC HI 5 33.5 301+ 7.2 301+ 13.6 301+ 58.4 150 7.0 301+ 15.9 301+ 30.3
385 337 Ben Gurion University of The Negev IL L FC HI 3 30.7 301+ 38.6 301+ 39.4 272 28.2 301+ 6.5 301+ 30.2
386 347 The University of Georgia US XL FC HI 5 30.7 301+ 12.4 301+ 26.8 301+ 50.0 200 2.1 301+ 12.5 301+ 30.2
387 286= National and Kapodistrian University of Athens GR XL FC VH 5 36.5 298 9.4 301+ 18.2 301+ 42.6 253 12.1 301+ 23.5 301+ 30.1
388 - Pontifcia Universidad Católica Santa María (UCA) AR L FC LO 4 35.4 301+ 38.5 161 52.1 242 1.1 301+ 16.4 301+ 30.1
389 601+ Moscow State Institute of International Relations RU M FO LO 4 13.2 301+ 14.7 289 99.5 26 1.0 301+ 1.3 301+ 50.5 232 30.0
390 369 University of Tampere FI M FO VH 4 26.6 301+ 9.5 301+ 44.9 301+ 28.9 301+ 25.9 301+ 33.5 301+ 29.9
391 385 University of Tennessee US L FC VH 5 19.1 301+ 7.6 301+ 42.6 301+ 54.5 171 14.9 301+ 15.0 301+ 29.9
392 397 Sogang University KR M CO HI 4 31.0 301+ 13.2 301+ 55.3 211 7.5 301+ 25.3 301+ 33.8 301+ 29.8
393 304 Jagiellonian University PL XL CO HI 5 36.4 301+ 13.5 301+ 52.7 231 9.7 301+ 6.0 301+ 10.6 301+ 29.8
394 396 University of Coimbra PT L FC HI 5 41.5 266 5.4 301+ 27.4 301+ 21.7 301+ 15.4 301+ 29.3 301+ 29.8
395 346 Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologie FR L FO VH 5 27.9 301+ 43.8 301+ 17.3 301+ 31.5 292 82.9 98 29.7
396 373 Universität Bayreuth DE M CO VH 3 21.3 301+ 4.6 301+ 56.0 208 27.5 301+ 42.9 240 24.5 301+ 29.6
397 357 University of Manitoba CA L FC HI 5 23.2 301+ 4.7 301+ 44.7 301+ 43.0 249 33.3 301+ 29.5
398 371 University of Delhi IN XL FC HI 4 53.1 191 55.9 100 2.3 301+ 7.1 301+ 1.3 301+ 3.2 301+ 29.5
399 360 University of The Witwatersrand ZA L FC HI 5 33.5 301+ 11.0 301+ 15.6 301+ 32.1 301+ 61.6 176 32.5 301+ 29.3
400 375 Novosibirsk State University RU M FC HI 4 22.7 301+ 3.4 301+ 88.8 73 3.5 301+ 4.1 301+ 12.1 301+ 29.3
LEGEND
S
I
Z
E
F
O
C
U
S
R
E
S
E
A
R
C
H

I
N
T
E
N
S
I
T
Y
A
G
E
XL – Very Large FC – Fully Comprehensive VH – Very High 5 - Historic (> 100 years)
L – Large CO – Comprehensive HI – High 4 - Mature (< 100 years)
M – Medium FO – Focused MD – Moderate 3 - Established (< 50 years)
S – Small SP – Specialist LO – Limited or None 2 - Young (< 25 years)
1 - New (< 10 years)
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 13
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
2
0
0
9

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE
401-450 380 Aberystwyth University GB M CO HI 5
401-450 501-550 Al-Farabi Kazakh National University KZ L CO MD 4
401-450 368 Bangor University GB M FC HI 5
401-450 332 Bilkent University TR M CO HI 3
401-450 401-450 City University of New York US XL CO VH 5
401-450 362 Deakin University AU L FC HI 3
401-450 395 Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) IE M CO HI 3
401-450 401-450 Florida State University US XL FC HI 5
401-450 386 Goldsmiths, University of London GB M FO HI 5
401-450 356 Heriot-Watt University GB L 5
401-450 401-450 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) IN S FO VH 5
401-450 451-500 Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (JKU) AT L CO HI 3
401-450 451-500 Kanazawa University JP M FC VH 4
401-450 451-500 L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University KZ M CO LO 2
401-450 389 Linköping University SE L CO VH 3
401-450 451-500 Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg DE L FC HI 5
401-450 401-450 Nagasaki University JP M FO VH 4
401-450 - Nankai University CN L FC HI 4
401-450 398 National Central University TW M CO VH 3
401-450 401-450 National Sun Yat-sen University TW M CO VH 3
401-450 370 National Taiwan Univ. Science and Technology TW M FO VH 3
401-450 366 NUST Islamabad PK M CO HI 2
401-450 401-450 Okayama University JP L FC HI 5
401-450 401-450 Oregon State University US L CO VH 5
401-450 - Oxford Brookes University GB L CO HI 5
401-450 392 Pusan National University KR L FC HI 4
401-450 - Renmin (People’s) University of China CN L FO HI 4
401-450 - Stellenbosch University ZA L CO VH 5
401-450 376 Swansea University GB L FC HI 4
401-450 401-450 Swinburne University of Technology AU L CO HI 5
401-450 401-450 Tianjin University CN L CO VH 5
401-450 501-550 Tilburg University NL L FO VH 4
401-450 401-450 Tokyo Metropolitan University JP M CO VH 4
401-450 388 Tongji University CN XL FC VH 5
401-450 501-550 Universidad de Los Andes Colombia CO L FC MD 4
401-450 451-500 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela ES L CO VH 5
401-450 - Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) BR M FC VH 4
401-450 384 Universidade Nova de Lisboa PT L FC HI 3
401-450 401-450 Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II IT XL FC VH 5
401-450 451-500 Universität Duisburg-Essen DE XL FC HI 3
401-450 365 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) MY L CO HI 5
401-450 351= University of Alabama US L CO VH 5
401-450 - University of Guelph CA L CO VH 3
401-450 377 University of Kansas US L FC VH 5
401-450 401-450 University of Kent GB L CO HI 3
401-450 451-500 University of Nebraska US L CO VH 5
401-450 401-450 University of New Mexico US L FC VH 5
401-450 401-450 University of Oklahoma US L FC VH 5
401-450 451-500 University of Porto PT XL FC HI 5
401-450 364 University of Warsaw PL XL CO HI 5
QS TOP 500 UNI VERSI TI ES
2
0
1
0

r
a
n
k
2
0
0
9

r
a
n
k
I
n
s
t
i
t
u
t
i
o
n
C
o
u
n
t
r
y
/
T
e
r
r
i
t
o
r
y
C
l
a
s
s
i
f
c
a
t
i
o
n
SIZE FOCUS RES. AGE
401-450 401-450 Yokohama City University JP S FO VH 5
451-500 401-450 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR XL FC HI 4
451-500 401-450 Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) ID L CO MD 4
451-500 401-450 Carleton University CA L CO VH 4
451-500 401-450 Drexel University US L FC HI 5
451-500 451-500 Gifu University JP M FC HI 4
451-500 391 Howard University US M FC HI 5
451-500 401-450 Inha University KR L FC HI 4
451-500 - International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) MY L FC MD 3
451-500 451-500 Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen DE L FC HI 5
451-500 - King Khalid University SA M FC MD 2
451-500 401-450 Kumamoto University JP M FC VH 4
451-500 401-450 Lehigh University US M CO VH 5
451-500 451-500 Leibniz Universität Hannover DE L CO VH 5
451-500 501-550 Louisiana State University US L CO VH 5
451-500 451-500 National Taiwan Normal University TW L CO HI 4
451-500 401-450 Northeastern University US L CO VH 5
451-500 451-500 Osaka City University JP M FC VH 5
451-500 - Politécnica de Madrid ES XL SP VH 3
451-500 451-500 Politecnico di Torino IT L FO VH 5
451-500 551-600 Rutgers University-Newark US M CO HI 4
451-500 401-450 Sabanci University TR S CO HI 2
451-500 - Shanghai University CN XL CO VH 2
451-500 - Sun Yat-sen University CN XL FC VH 4
451-500 401-450 Technische Universität Braunschweig DE L CO VH 5
451-500 401-450 Tomsk State University RU L CO MD 5
451-500 451-500 Universidad de Salamanca ES L FC HI 5
451-500 501-550 Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) CL L FC MD 5
451-500 551-600 Universidad Nacional de Colombia CO XL FC MD 5
451-500 501-550 Universidad Nacional de La Plata AR XL FC HI 5
451-500 451-500 Universidad ORT Uruguay UY S FO MD 4
451-500 501-550 Universidad Politecnica de Valencia ES L CO VH 3
451-500 451-500 Università degli Studi di Siena (UNISI) IT L FC HI 5
451-500 451-500 Università degli Studi di Torino (UNITO) IT XL FC HI 5
451-500 401-450 Università degli Studi di Trento IT L CO HI 3
451-500 401-450 Università degli Studi di Trieste (UNITS) IT L FC HI 4
451-500 401-450 Universitat de Valencia ES XL FC HI 5
451-500 451-500 Université de Rennes 1 FR L FO VH 5
451-500 451-500 Université du Québec CA XL FC HI 3
451-500 401-450 Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy 1 FR L FO VH 3
451-500 394 University of Bradford GB M CO VH 3
451-500 401-450 University of Crete GR L FC HI 3
451-500 401-450 University of Delaware US L CO VH 5
451-500 451-500 University of Hull GB L FC HI 4
451-500 451-500 University of Limerick (UL) IE M FC HI 3
451-500 401-450 University of Oregon US L CO HI 5
451-500 401-450 University of Vermont US L FC HI 5
451-500 501-550 Ural Federal University RU XL CO MD 4
451-500 451-500 Virginia Commonwealth University US L FC HI 5
451-500 - Wuhan University CN XL FC VH 5
Due to space constraints the names of some universities have been abbreviated to their acronym or to a shorter version of the full ofcial name.
Consider QUT
QUT is a highly successful Australian university that produces job-ready
graduates with the skills and abilities to work anywhere in the world.
QUT has a reputation for real world experience
and internationally focused courses.
s QUT has a ranking of world standard or above in more than
three quarters of its research assessed under the Australian
Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia assessment
framework (2010).
s QUT is the only university in Queensland to be awarded 5 stars for
‘Getting a job’ in the 2011 Good Universities Guide.
s QUT has the first business school in Australia to secure the
prestigious ‘triple crown’ of international accreditation – US-based
AACSB International, European-based EQUIS and UK-based
Association of MBA’s (AMBA).
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane Australia
CRICOS No. 00213J
Flexible study options
With more than 650 undergraduate and postgraduate options, QUT
courses can be tailored to your specific educational needs. Choose from
a large range of programs in Built Environment and Engineering, Business,
Creative Industries, Education, Health, Law and Justice, Science and
Technology and English language and academic pathway programs.
QUT’s real-world approach means that teaching goes beyond the
textbook — students work on real case studies for real companies. Work
placement opportunities, group projects and learning from lecturers who
are still active in their industry means you will be better prepared for the
working world.
For more information
Email [email protected]
Visit www.qut.edu.au/international
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 15
Asian investment
continues to
reap dividends
This year’s rankings reflect proactive schemes to
improve standards at many Asian universities.
By Martin Ince and Danny Byrne
A
mbitious schemes implemented by
governments throughout Asia have led
to dramatic developments in international
recognition and research standards, and this
improvement is again reflected in the 2011 QS
World University Rankings®. Of the leading
25 Asian universities, 21 improve on their 2010
position, with just three moving in the oppo-
site direction. There are 47 Asian universities in
the top 300 (two more than last year), and 88
institutions make the top 500.
Hong Kong University repeats its 2010
performance by taking the top spot in Asia,
moving up one place to 22nd and increas-
ing the gap with University of Tokyo to three
places. HKU is joined by fellow Hong Kong
institutions CUHK and HKUST in the top
50, and with HKU, University of Tokyo and
National University of Singapore cementing
their places in the top 30, leading Asian institu-
tions are now proving on a year-on-year basis
that they operate at a comparable level to the
world’s best.
However, despite the quality of Hong Kong
universities, in terms of the number of leading
institutions Japan is still the region’s major force
in world higher education. The University of
Tokyo, its top institution, is down one place
from 24 to 25, but apart from ETH Zurich
remains the top university in the world not
working mainly in English. It is also the
fifth-highest ranked institution outside the
United States and the United Kingdom.
Tokyo’s only rival for prestige in the Japanese
system, Kyoto, has also taken a slight fall this
year, from 25 to 32. But more generally, there
are 34 Japanese institutions in the 742 we list,
some with substantially improved ranking
positions, and 11 in our top 200.
Many of these 11 are making tangible
progress in our rankings. Seven have risen in
position including Kyushu and Hokkaido,
which are up by 30 and 36 places respectively.
The two fallers, Waseda and Tsukuba, have
suffered only slightly and remain in the top
200. Keio, Waseda’s big rival among the Tokyo
private providers, has regained its top 200 slot.
Since the 2010 rankings China has displaced
Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy,
and this year has seen improved performances
from most of China’s leading universities.
Tsinghua University moves up seven places to
join Peking University in the world top 50, and
Fudan University became the third Chinese
university to rank within the world top 100.
There are now eight Chinese universities in the
global top 200, one more than in 2010.
The leading Chinese universities have very
strong academic reputations, with Peking
University rated 18th in the world by global
academics. However, they are still held back by
a comparative lack of research impact. Only
one Chinese university makes the top 200 for
citations per faculty member, and nearly every
Chinese university performs worse in this
indicator than they do overall. This indicates
that while government investment may have
increased the number of papers being pub-
lished by Chinese academics, they are not yet
having as great an impact within global
academia as those of their peers.
Leading Asian
institutions are now
proving on a
year-on-year basis
that they operate
at a comparable
level to the
world’s best.
16 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
The region’s second most populous na-
tion, India has itself drawn up ambitious
higher education goals, but 2011 has been
a disappointing year, with all of the nation’s
universities ranking lower than in 2010. IIT
Bombay dropped from 187 to 225, mean-
ing there is now no Indian university in the
global top 200. A number of the Indian In-
stitutes of Technology performed well in the
engineering and technology subject rank-
ings published by QS earlier in the year, but
significant investment and development will
be required before they compete with the
leading Asian institutions in overall rankings.
No Indian university ranks in the top 200
for citations per faculty, indicating a lack
of research impact. Large class sizes are also
reflected in the fact that no Indian university
makes the top 300 for student faculty ratio.
However, there is better news among global
employers. Four Indian universities were
rated as among the top 100 by employers for
producing highly skilled graduates, indicating
that though they may lack research strength,
the best Indian universities are nonetheless
doing a better job at equipping students with
skills that help them thrive in the workplace.
YOUNG UNI VERSI TI ES ON THE RI SE
One might reasonably expect universi-
ties to abide by the laws of the space-time
continuum by getting older each year. Yet the
average age of the top 100 in the 2011 QS
World University Rankings® is seven years
younger than in 2010. There was a turnover
of just five universities passing in and out
of the top 100 this year, itself a measure of
the stability derived from using a consistent
methodology over a number of years.
University of Mississippi, Erasmus
University Rotterdam, Universität Freiburg,
University of Oslo and Lomonosov
Moscow State University dropped out of the
top 100 this year. All are comprehensive
universities, and have a reasonably stately
average age of 229 years.
Their replacements in this year’s top 100
were Tohuko University, Georgia Institute of
Technology, Fudan University, The University
of Adelaide and POSTECH. Their average
age is under 100 years old, with the youngest
addition, POSTECH, founded as recently as
1986. Just two of the new members of the
top 100, Georgia Tech and The University of
Adelaide, can trace their roots to before the
20th century – by 26 and 15 years respectively.
The elite cadre of US and UK universities
that dominate the top ten are united by the
many decades – if not centuries – of tradition
and investment underpinning their reputa-
tions. From the medieval colleges of Oxford
and Cambridge, the ornate libraries of Harvard
and Yale, to UCL with its neoclassical columns
and embalmed philosopher, these are historic
seats of learning. The top ten have between
them been active for a combined total of nearly
3,500 years.
The economist Richard Levin has spoken of
the ambition of Asian universities to catch up
with this old boys’ club of pre-eminent uni-
versities, and emphasises the difficulty of doing
so without years of continuous investment.
“World-class universities achieve their status by
assembling scholars and scientists who are glob-
al leaders in their field. This takes time. It took
centuries for Harvard and Yale to achieve parity
with Oxford and Cambridge, and more than
half a century for Stanford and the University
of Chicago (both founded 1892) to achieve
world-class reputations.”
While this statement is borne out by the
prominence of the universities that Levin men-
tions in the QS World University Rankings®,
some of the most rapid progress in recent years
has been made by universities that we might
expect to be at a much earlier stage in their
development. This is particularly noticeable
in Asia. A major part of government strategic
planning in the past decades has been the need
to innovate, particularly in the high-impact
disciplines of science, engineering and
technology (STEM).
Nanyang Technological University breaks
the world top 60 for the first time, just 20
years after it was established. Also founded in
1991, Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology (40) is similarly precocious, and is
comfortably the youngest university in the top
50. In Korea, KAIST (90) and POSTECH (98)
both make the top 100, with POSTECH
gaining 14 places. Both universities were
established in the last 40 years.
These young universities are raising millions
in funds to fuel the growth and help build
state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. NTU
spent S$830 million in sustainability research,
HKUST’s budget for research in 2009-2010
was HK$ 426 million, and KAIST has set a
goal to raise 1 trillion won by 2013 for various
academic advancement programs.
Continued investment from public and
private sectors will be crucial to the develop-
ment of these upwardly mobile institutions, but
the evidence from this year’s rankings is that
the state of Asia’s universities has perhaps never
been healthier.
TRANSFORMING THE
FUTURE
C
R
I
C
O
S

C
O
D
E

0
0
1
2
2
A




1
2
0
4
6


0
9
1
1
RMIT is a global university of technology and design and part of an international
community of research and industry partners seeking innovative solutions to
emerging global problems. With over 72 000 students worldwide, its Melbourne
campuses welcome over 11 000 students each year.
About RMIT
RMIT University is Australia’s largest tertiary educational
institution, with a reputation for work relevant learning,
innovation and research excellence.
RMIT offers the most relevant and globally recognized
programs due to its strong connection to industry and
exchange partnerships with over 150 institutions
worldwide.
RMIT delivers over 470 programs across foundation
studies, TAFE, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels.
Program areas include:
» Architecture
» Art and Design
» Advertising and
Communication
» Aviation and Aerospace
» Biotechnology
» Education
» Environmental studies
» Engineering
» Health and Medical Science
» IT and Computer Science
» Management and Logistics
» Media, Film and TV
» Property and Project
Management
» Science
Why RMIT?
» RMIT offers world-class theory and real-world skills from
the top entrepreneurial university in Australia.*
» RMIT was ranked fourth worldwide for the international profile
of its student cohort and 20th worldwide for the international
profile of its academic staff.**
» RMIT was ranked in the top 100 universities for the
employability of its graduates by 5 000 global employers.**
» RMIT Research was judged at above-world standard
across six disciplines by a nation-wide study in 2010.
Learn more online.
* 2009 GSEA annual Top Entrepreneurial Universities List
** 2010 QS World University rankings
www.rmit.edu.au
18 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
Anglophone institutions continue to have the edge in rankings, despite
the efforts of continental European institutions, says Danny Byrne
T
he 12 months that have passed since
the publication of the 2010 QS World
University Rankings® have at times been tur-
bulent for UK universities, yet this year’s results
go some distance toward allaying sensationalist
claims about their imminent demise. University
of Cambridge retains the number one position
it prised from Harvard last year, while Oxford
and Imperial move up one place apiece to five
and six. In a top 20 with an average fluctua-
tion of just 1.6 places, University of Edinburgh
was the only new addition, moving up two
places to 20th.
English has long been a lingua franca in many
areas of global academia, and there is no doubt
that this gives Anglophone universities certain
advantages over their peers, which are reflected
in rankings. A common language allows for the
easier accumulation of world-leading faculty
and students, as well as the wider dissemination
of research. The top ten
universities in the re-
search-based indicators
of citations per faculty
and academic reputation
all operate primarily in
English, with the sole
exception of University
of Tokyo (ranked 7th by
global academics). The
only non-Anglophone
university to make it
into the top 20 is again
ETH Zurich (18), re-
inforcing its reputation
as arguably the world’s
premier institution that
does not primarily op-
erate in English.
The fee increases that
come into effect for
home and EU students at English universities
from 2012 may have implications for leading
universities in continental Europe. Recipro-
cal fee arrangements mean that many EU
students will be able to study in countries such
as France and Germany for a fraction of the
cost, whereas speculation has been rife that
there will be greater numbers of UK students
seeking their education elsewhere in the EU,
particularly in countries such as the Nether-
lands where an increasing number of degree
programs are offered in English.
The Netherlands again punches well above
its weight considering its size, with 12 universi-
ties in the top 300, 11 of which made the top
200. Though performance compared to last
year has been mixed, with six universities rising
and six falling in the rankings, institutions such
as University of Amsterdam (63) and Utrecht
University (79) will become increasingly at-
tractive options for students throughout the
EU. The reported merger talks taking place
between Leiden University (88), Rotterdam
Erasmus University (103) and Delft Univer-
sity of Technology (104)
could also have an effect
on rankings performance
if implemented, with all
three institutions cur-
rently performing at a
similar level.
Mergers of state-funded
institutions have become
increasingly common in
Europe in recent years.
While rankings are a
secondary cause for this
trend – an indication of
the research competitive-
ness such schemes are in-
tended to facilitate rather
than an end in themselves
– recently merged Eu-
ropean institutions have
performed well this year.
Finland’s Aalto University, a new amalgama-
tion of three previously separate institutions,
jumped to 232, having ranked 250 in 2010.
Similarly, France’s Strasbourg University – now
the country’s largest institution following the
merger of Louis Pasteur University, Marc Bloch
University and Robert Schuman University in
2009 – improved by 19 places to rank 227.
Yet despite the efforts of its competitors
and its own recent economic travails, US
dominance at the top end of the QS World
University Rankings® shows little sign of
relinquishing. Harvard may remain deposed
from its once-customary number one position,
but the US still accounts for six of the top ten
and 20 of the top 50 institutions. There are 70
US universities in the top 300, nearly double
the number of its closest competitor the UK,
and just under half of them are in the top 100.
MIT (3) moves up two places to record its
highest ever position, leapfrogging Yale to
rejig last year’s US top three. Chicago (8)
retains its position, while UPenn and
Columbia move up replace Caltech
and Princeton in the top ten.
The major advantage that US
universities continue to hold over
their UK counterparts is research
strength, as demonstrated by the
citations-per-faculty criterion. This
indicator should not be taken at face
value when viewed in isolation, as it tends
to favour research-intensive institutions
that focus on disciplines, such as the sciences
and technology, in which citation rates are
high. Indeed, this is one of the reasons why
it is counterbalanced by the discipline-inde-
pendent academic reputation survey. However,
this year’s citation-per-faculty data nonetheless
points to the dominance of US universities
in producing cutting-edge research. When
comparing only institutions that rank within
the top 100 overall, the UK has one university
in the top 40 for citations per faculty (Cam-
bridge); the US has 20.
Part of this is a matter of finance. With soar-
ing tuition fees and endowments, the private
US universities have incomparable financial
clout. UK universities are more reliant on state
A common
language allows
for the easier
accumulation of
world-leading
faculty and students,
as well as the
wider dissemination
of research
English-language
research still a big advantage
in global rankings
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 19
subsidy, yet government spending on higher
education falls below the OECD average.
Tuition fee increases may help UK universi-
ties sustain their income in the long term, but
the reality is that institutions such as Harvard,
Yale and MIT will still operate on a different
financial plane to the vast majority. This has
an inevitable effect on research productivity,
particularly in STEM subjects, where research
expenditure is naturally far greater than in
non-technical subjects such as arts
and humanities.
Yet while the US institutions dominate
research citations, UK universities perform
particularly strongly in the reputation-based
indicators. Particularly in the case of the
employer review, this may reflect established
reputations based on successive generations of
highly-skilled graduates. Yet in the case of the
academic peer review in particular, it indicates
that standards remain on a par with the world’s
best. Academics are best placed to judge where
the best research is being produced in their
field of expertise, so Cambridge and Oxford’s
top-three placing in this measure points to
ongoing excellence in the full range of
academic disciplines, not just historically
accumulated prestige.
Strong performances in the Employer
Review also come from Australian institutions,
led by Melbourne in equal fourth place. Of 23
Australian universities in the top 500, 15 rank
higher in the Employer Review than they do
overall. This recognition of the high standard of
graduates entering the job market from Aus-
tralian institutions is testament to the job that
universities are doing in equipping them with
skills that help them thrive in the workplace.
With all of the Group of Eight now ranked
within the global top 100, and Melbourne (31)
moving up to within five places of ANU (26)
near the top of the rankings, these are positive
signs in a year in which the sector has faced
concerns about a potential drop-off in
international student numbers.
· You can book a test up to once
a week in over 130 countries
· You will take your test in a quiet,
comfortable location
· You will receive your results
in less than 2 weeks
· You can submit your results
to thousands of institutions
in Australia, Canada, the UK
and the US
Book now at www.ieIts.org
IELTS
puts
you ñrst
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 21
Middle Eastern universities
begin to make their mark
They may be at an early stage in their development, but investment
schemes of Middle Eastern nations are beginning to pay dividends,
says Martin Ince
A
cross the Middle East, nations large and
small are developing plans for higher
education. Some have immeasurable sums of
oil wealth to spend on this ambition, but even
those that lack billions of petrodollars see no
reason to be left behind.
Some Middle Eastern nations want universi-
ties for the new knowledge they generate,
with an eye on replacing oil money with high
technology employment. But others are aware
of the soft power potential of universities in
the struggle for world prominence. They would
like universities that are good enough for their
elites not to assume that their children have
to go to Harvard or Oxford to complete their
education.
The World University Rankings for 2011 are
an early test of Middle Eastern plans for aca-
demic excellence. They show that the region,
from Turkey to Egypt and the Gulf, has 35
universities in the 740 that we rank. At nearly
one in 20 of the total, this group far exceeds
the Middle East’s share of world population.
This figure does not include the five Israeli
universities that are ranked, which for political
reasons are highly disconnected from the rest of
the region’s educational culture.
The most heavily-publicized university am-
bitions in the Middle East belong to Saudi Ara-
bia, and their success is seen in the seven Saudi
universities in our rankings. These include King
Saud University at number 200 in the WUR,
and King Fahd University of Petroleum and
Minerals at 221. These two are the region’s
top-ranking universities by some distance.
More striking is the progress which these
seven are making in the QS World University
Rankings. Of last year’s contingent, King Abdul
Aziz University (KAU) rose from the 401+ to
rank at 370, and Umm Al-Qura University is
still in the 501-550 band. But King Faisal and
King Khalid universities are new entrants, the
second of them entering immediately into the
451-500 zone. The other four have all risen, for
example from 221 to 200 for King Saud.
The only nation in the region with more
ranked universities than Saudi Arabia is Turkey
with eight. Bilkent is highest-placed in our
401-450 grouping. Both it and the Middle East
Technical University appear in our citations
rankings and attract international faculty, but
no Turkish university impresses global employ-
ers or academics. Beyond these two nations,
Egypt has five universities here but no other
nation manages more than two.
Middle Eastern nations have chosen a variety
of ways of developing their higher education.
Qatar, which has one university here, is also
home to Education City, a development zone
that houses local branches of Cornell, Carnegie
Mellon, Georgetown, HEC, Texas A+M and
other US and European universities. It is dif-
ficult to capture this development in rankings
such as ours. Qatar is also committed to spend-
ing 2.8 per cent of GDP on research, probably
the highest figure in the world.
We cannot yet tell what effect the events
of the Arab Spring will have on education in
the region, although students and professors
have been enthusiastic participants. But it is
axiomatic that universities reflect the society
they belong to, which suggests that change is
inevitable.
The World
University
Rankings for
2011 are an
early test
of Middle
Eastern plans
for academic
excellence.
22 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings
®
Methodology
The QS World University Rankings
®
currently
considers over 2,000 and evaluates over 700
universities in the world, ranking the top 400. Plans
continue to broaden the work in terms of number
of institutions and deepen it in terms of the detail
provided to users.
METHODOLOGY
Six indicators are drawn together to form an international ranking of universities:
In addition, rankings in five broad faculty areas are produced: Arts & Humanities, Engineering
& Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences & Management.
These are based entirely on the results of our global academic survey unlike the more sophisti-
cated approach taken to derive the QS World University Rankings® by Subject
1_ Academic Reputation from global survey 40%
2_ Employer Reputation from global survey 10%
3_Citations per Faculty from SciVerse Scopus 20%
4_ Faculty Student Ratio 20%
5_ Proportion of International Students 5%
6_ Proportion of International Faculty 5%
2011 ACADEMIC SURVEY RESPONSES
33,744
Academic Responses
The QS Global Academic Survey now stands
as the largest survey of its type yet on the
opinions of academics globally with a re-
sponse of almost 34,000 in 2011. This phe-
nomenal result is, in part, due to investment
in survey software, survey design, effective-
ness of communication and database man-
agement, but also reflects the strong aware-
ness and interest right around the world in
the QS World University Rankings® and
university evaluations generally.
2011 EMPLOYER SURVEY RESPONSES
16,785
Employer Responses
The QS Global Employer Survey has seen a
dramatic increase in response in 2011 from
slightly over 5,000 in 2010 to almost 17,000
in 2011. Growth has been seen worldwide
but nowhere more profoundly than in Latin
America, where a campaign conducted in
Spanish met with great success. Responses
are closely scrutinized and weighted to elimi-
nate biases that may result from dispropor-
tionate response levels.
24 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
Can rankings really help students
choose their university?
Ranking Name Country UGD Range ($) PGD range ($)
International
UG range ($)
International
PG range ($)
1 University of CAMBRIDGE UK 14,000 - 16,000 4,000 - 6,000 18,000 - 20,000 20,000 - 22,000
2 HARVARD University US 38,000 - 40,000 36,000 - 38,000 38,000 - 40,000 36,000 - 38,000
3 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (MIT) US 38,000 - 40,000 40,000 - 42,000 38,000 - 40,000 40,000 - 42,000
4 YALE University US 38,000 - 40,000 32,000 - 34,000 38,000 - 40,000 32,000 - 34,000
5 University of OXFORD UK 14,000 - 16,000 4,000 - 6,000 20,000 - 22,000 20,000 - 22,000
6 IMPERIAL College London UK 14,000 - 16,000 4,000 - 6,000 30,000 - 32,000 32,000 - 34,000
7 UCL (University College London) UK 14,000 - 16,000 6,000 - 8,000 24,000 - 26,000 24,000 - 26,000
8 University of CHICAGO US 42,000 - 44,000 42,000 - 44,000 42,000 - 44,000 42,000 - 44,000
9 University of PENNSYLVANIA US 40,000 - 42,000 26,000 - 28,000 40,000 - 42,000 26,000 - 28,000
10 COLUMBIA University US 42,000 - 44,000 38,000 - 40,000 42,000 - 44,000 38,000 - 40,000
11 STANFORD University US 40,000 - 42,000 38,000 - 40,000 40,000 - 42,000 38,000 - 40,000
12 CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Caltech) US 36,000 - 38,000 36,000 - 38,000 36,000 - 38,000 36,000 - 38,000
13 PRINCETON University US 36,000 - 38,000 38,000 - 40,000 36,000 - 38,000 38,000 - 40,000
14 University of MICHIGAN, Ann Arbor US 10,000 - 12,000 16,000 - 18,000 36,000 - 38,000 36,000 - 38,000
15 CORNELL University US 38,000 - 40,000 28,000 - 30,000 38,000 - 40,000 28,000 - 30,000
16 JOHNS HOPKINS University US 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000
17 MCGILL University CA 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000 18,000 - 20,000 14,000 - 16,000
18 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) CH < 2000 < 2000 < 2000 < 2000
19 DUKE University US 40,000 - 42,000 38,000 - 40,000 40,000 - 42,000 38,000 - 40,000
20 University of EDINBURGH UK 2,000 - 4,000 6,000 - 8,000 16,000 - 18,000 18,000 - 20,000
21 University of California, BERKELEY US 10,000 - 12,000 10,000 - 12,000 32,000 - 34,000 24,000 - 26,000
22 University of Hong Kong HK 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000 14,000 - 16,000 14,000 - 16,000
23 University of TORONTO CA 10,000 - 12,000 12,000 - 14,000 32,000 - 34,000 28,000 - 30,000
24 NORTHWESTERN University US 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000
25 University of Tokyo JP 6,000 - 8,000 6,000 - 8,000 6,000 - 8,000 0
26 AUSTRALIAN National University AU 6,000 - 8,000 22,000 - 24,000 40,000 - 42,000 28,000 - 30,000
27 KING'S College London UK 14,000 - 16,000 6,000 - 8,000 20,000 - 22,000 20,000 - 22,000
28 National University of SINGAPORE SG 34,000 - 36,000 6,000 - 8,000 40,000 - 42,000 18,000 - 20,000
29 University of MANCHESTER UK 14,000 - 16,000 8,000 - 10,000 18,000 - 20,000 22,000 - 24,000
30 University of BRISTOL UK 14,000 - 16,000 6,000 - 8,000 20,000 - 22,000 20,000 - 22,000
31 The University of MELBOURNE AU 6,000 - 8,000 0 28,000 - 30,000 24,000 - 26,000
32 Kyoto University JP 6,000 - 8,000 6,000 - 8,000 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000
33 École Normale Supérieure, PARIS FR < 1,000 < 1,000 < 1,000 < 1,000
34 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (UCLA) US 10,000 - 12,000 10,000 - 12,000 32,000 - 34,000 24,000 - 26,000
35 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LAUSANNE CH < 2000 < 2000 < 2000 < 2000
36 ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FR < 1,000 6,000 - 8,000 < 1,000 6,000 - 8,000
37 The Chinese University of Hong Kong HK 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000 12,000 - 14,000 12,000 - 14,000
38 The University of SYDNEY AU 6,000 - 8,000 22,000 - 24,000 30,000 - 32,000 28,000 - 30,000
39 BROWN University US 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000 40,000 - 42,000
40 Hong Kong University of Science & Technology HK 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000 8,000 - 10,000 < 2000
41 University of WISCONSIN, Madison US 8,000 - 10,000 10,000 - 12,000 24,000 - 26,000 24,000 - 26,000
42 Seoul National University KR 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000
43 CARNEGIE MELLON University US 42,000 - 44,000 36,000 - 38,000 42,000 - 44,000 36,000 - 38,000
44 NEW YORK University (NYU) US 40,000 - 42,000 34,000 - 36,000 40,000 - 42,000 34,000 - 36,000
45 Osaka University JP 6,000 - 8,000 6,000 - 8,000 4,000 - 6,000 8,000 - 10,000
46 Peking University CN < 1,000 2,000 - 4,000 4,000 - 6,000 4,000 - 6,000
47 TsingHua University CN < 2000 < 2000 4,000 - 6,000 6,000 - 8,000
48 University of QUEENSLAND AU 6,000 - 8,000 < 2000 22,000 - 24,000 12,000 - 14,000
49 University of NEW SOUTH WALES AU 6,000 - 8,000 8,000 - 10,000 28,000 - 30,000 28,000 - 30,000
50 University of WARWICK UK 14,000 - 16,000 8,000 - 10,000 20,000 - 22,000 20,000 - 22,000
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 25
Market-based fee systems make independent
university comparisons vital, says Tim Rogers
W
e live in very interesting times. For
decades, the topic of higher education,
university admissions, tuition fees and graduate
employment featured, if at all, buried deep
in the pages of our national newspapers. In
recent months, however, since the release of
the Browne Report and the UK Government’s
White Paper on higher education, universities
are front-page news, almost on a daily basis.
New demands from students, the Government
and employers to make the university experi-
ence more relevant to the contemporary labour
market have transformed the higher education
landscape in the UK and discussions on social
mobility, transferable skills and the funding of
education are now commonplace.
Interesting times may also dictate changing
times for UK and European students aim-
ing to enter university in 2012 and beyond.
The implementation of what might be called
“market rate” tuition fees calls into question
for the first time whether universities and their
individual undergraduate degree programs
represent value for money equally. With higher
rates of student debt facing most students in
the UK in the future, the question “what do
I get for my money?” arises in a way students
have never had to face before. The logical
response to such a situation is the provision of
more detailed and perhaps greater volumes of
relevant advisory information.
The role of rankings, in this context, may
prove much more powerful. Related to the
UK Government’s own revised approach to
higher education, the collection of independ-
ent and objective data on the performance of
universities across a range of measures, such
as entry standards, student satisfaction, tuition
fees and graduate employment rates, is likely
to be critical for all those concerned with
making the right choice on where to study. To
quote the White Paper itself, “We will radically
improve and expand the information available
to prospective students, making available much
more information about individual courses at
individual institutions and graduate employ-
ment prospects.”
The availability of rankings for UK, EU and
international students to help support them
choosing a university program is nothing new.
A range of publications, including many na-
tional newspapers, magazines and now websites,
have developed rankings or league tables to
help support better student choice for over a
decade. Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intel-
ligence Unit, the power behind the QS World
University Rankings®, sees the use of rankings
by prospective students as only now becoming
more and more important: “With higher tui-
tion fees in place in the UK, students and their
parents are bound to look for more detailed
information that compares programs, universi-
ties and even graduates of specific institutions
directly. Information that is based on solid
data will help all those involved in choosing
where to study to make much better and more
informed choices.”
Phil Moss, an education and admissions con-
sultant specializing in counselling UK students
to gain access to university, believes that the
advent of fees will change a number of behav-
iours but sounds a note of caution on the use
of university rankings and league tables, “Any
university ranking offers additional information
and is likely to help students and their parents
make better decisions about where to study,
but the need to balance them with other, more
human factors will continue to be important.
Advice from alumni or current students can
be as valuable in providing a genuine insight
into the experience or quality of a particularly
degree program and add an element that rank-
ings can never convey – the actual emotion of
a university experience.”
While rankings are perhaps not the answer
for all issues related to university or program
choice, the provision of a set of measures that
contribute to an understanding of the rela-
tive quality of an institution is very valuable.
Rankings, such as those offered by QS, have
the added advantage of offering a detailed
insight into the relative strengths of
universities in the UK and further
afield at the subject level. Such at-
tempts at providing information at
this micro-level can only support
prospective students in making
the best decision possible for their
university choice and their future
careers. For many, in the changed
reality of tuition fees and increas-
ing demand for university under-
graduate places, the availability
of more and more information
can only be a good thing.
The implementation of
full-cost student tuition fees will change the
UK university environment forever – and for
many it has already started to. Students and
their parents will seek greater reassurances, not
only that the university experience and the
likely qualification gained will provide value
for money relative to the competition, but also
that a genuine future return on their invest-
ment is probable, if not guaranteed. University
rankings and external assessments can only
add a very valuable dimension to the decision-
making process for all those concerned, as
more and more students assess whether their
university choice is the best possible one
for them.
In the changed
reality of tuition fees and
increasing demand for
university undergraduate
places, the availability of
more information can only
be a good thing
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 27
QS World University Rankings
®

by Subject
By Danny Byrne
T
hough overall rankings have become a
valuable tool for prospective students, they
are necessarily limited in their ability to reflect
the strengths of specialist institutions as op-
posed to comprehensive universities. In order
to expand the scope of the rankings, 2011 has
seen the inaugural publication of the QS World
University Rankings® by Subject. Using a
combination of survey data from the QS World
University Rankings® and new citation data
from Scopus, the subject rankings zoom in to
provide a subject-specific ranking focusing on
three key criteria: Academic Reputation, Em-
ployer Reputation and Citations per Paper.
Rankings have been produced in 26 narrow
subject areas, with the weightings of the three
indicators adjusted to best reflect their relative
importance in a given field; citations are given
a greater weighting in the more data-driven
fields, whereas in subjects with typically low
citation rates the emphasis is placed on
reputation. While a handful of leading
comprehensive universities perform strongly
in most disciplines - Harvard, MIT, Berkeley,
Stanford and Yale in the US, and Oxford and
Cambridge in the UK – the added value of
the exercise can be seen in the number of
universities that display a specialist strength
that is overlooked in overall league tables.
Below is a table featuring some of the best
examples of universities that perform
significantly better in a given specialist
discipline than they do in the overall 2011
QS World University Rankings®.
The number-one spots in the rankings were
split between five universities: Harvard (top in a
remarkable 16 subjects), followed by MIT (top
in six), Cambridge (top in two), and Oxford
and Stanford, with one discipline apiece. Spe-
cialist institutions also highlight their areas of
expertise to a greater extent than is possible in
the overall table. For example, LSE shows that
it is a world-class research institution in certain
areas of the social sciences by finishing fourth
in both Economics and Politics. However, in
the overall table it is inevitably disadvantaged
by operating in significantly fewer disciplines
than most of its competitors.
Institution Country/Region World Rank Subject Overall 2011 Rank
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US 1 Six subjects* 3
University of Oxford UK 1 Geography 5
Stanford University US 1 Statistics 11
UC Berkeley US 2 Four subjects* 21
University of Chicago US 5 Sociology 8
London School of Economics and Political
Science (LSE)
UK 4 Two subjects* 64
Imperial College London UK 5
Engineering - Civil
& Structural
6
McGill University Canada 9 Linguistics 17
Australian National University (ANU) Australia 6 Philosophy 26
National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore 7 Statistics 28
University of Edinburgh UK 7 Linguistics 20
University of Toronto Canada 7
English Language
and Literature
23
Johns Hopkins University US 8 Medicine 16
University of Melbourne Australia 8 Psychology 31
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) US 10
Biological
Sciences
77
ETH Zurich Switzerland 10
Engineering - Civil
& Structural
18
New York University (NYU) US 10 Law 44
University of Sydney Australia 11 Law 38
University of British Columbia (UBC) Canada 11
Environmental
Sciences
51
* MIT: Computer Sciences; Electrical Engineering;
Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering;
Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering;
Material Sciences
* UC Berkeley: Material Sciences; Environmental Sciences;
Geography; Sociology
*LSE: Economics; Politics
Full QS rankings in 26 individual disciplines
can be viewed at www.topuniversities.com/
university-rankings
28 QS World University Rankings 2011
www.qs.com
QS Stars- a new university
evaluation tool
www.topuniversities.com/qsstars

By John O’Leary and Danny Byrne
Rankings continue to capture the headlines, but demand has also grown
for a form of assessment that judges universities solely on their own
qualities, rather than in relation to other institutions. In recent months there
has been widespread interest in a new university rating system, QS Stars.
Universities in a dozen countries, including Australia, the UK and the United
States, have chosen to be rated on their facilities, innovation and local
engagement, as well as their teaching and research.
M
ore than 70 universities have applied
for QS Stars, which provide an overall
rating and also highlight areas of excellence
in particular aspects of their performance. The
system allows for specialization and uses devices
such as student satisfaction surveys that are not
part of international rankings.
Successful universities are awarded between
one and five Stars.
A typical one-star university may be less
than 20 years old and will be providing a good
standard of education while building a domes-
tic reputation. Those awarded five stars must
be world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoy
an excellent reputation and have cutting-edge
facilities and internationally renowned research
and teaching faculty. The first universities to
be awarded Stars range from the five-star Uni-
versity of New South Wales, which received
its rating certificate last week, to 50-year-old
Syiah Kuala University, in Banda Aceh, Indone-
sia, whose assessment was completed in 2010.
The QS Stars system is designed to allow
institutions to shine, irrespective of their size,
shape and mission. Stars are awarded based on
an audit by the QS Intelligence Unit, with
separate ratings published for each of the eight
criteria. The system offers an international
standard for comparison for any participat-
ing institution and is particularly useful for
universities that are focused on raising their
international profile.
Stars are proving attractive to universi-
ties that are yet to make a mark on the world
rankings, as well as some that are already
well-placed. They recognize strengths that
may be overlooked in rankings, for example
in community engagement, and have none
of the drawbacks associated with rankings for
universities that teach and research in languages
other than English.
Almost 30 criteria contribute towards the
maximum 1,000 points awarded in the assess-
ment of QS Stars. They are grouped into eight
categories: research, employability, teaching,
infrastructure, internationalization, innovation,
engagement and the institution’s standing in
specialist subjects. This can be demonstrated ei-
ther through QS ranking positions or through
internationally recognised accreditation.
Ben Sowter, who heads the QS Intelli-
gence Unit, which is responsible for the Stars
system, said: “A star rating assesses institutional
performance in greater detail than can feasibly
be accommodated in ranking results. It can
encourage users and readers to understand
that ranking results ought to be analyzed and
contextualized rather than simply taken at face
value. It can also provide additional
important information that may be used by
prospective students during the earliest stages
of the decision-making process for
university applications.”
“Ranking systems are very important to
students when they’re trying to make decisions
about where to study, but they’re not always
particularly relevant to a student’s specific
area of interest”, says Ailsa Lamont, Executive
Director (International) at RMIT, the latest in
a succession of Australian institutions to adopt
the system. “For example, we recently scored
very highly in some of the ERA research rank-
ings (compiled by The Australian, based on the
government ERA research rating). That’s fan-
tastic and shows the quality of the institution,
but at the same time most of the international
students who come to RMIT are coming to
do coursework programs, MBAs etc, so having
a high quality ranking for research in engineer-
ing doesn’t necessarily help them.”
Lamont says that the system is an expan-
sion of the scope of the rankings that will be
mutually beneficial to students and institu-
tions. “QS Stars actually drills down to further
detail, which will give students the choice to
compare us more usefully with other institu-
tions”, she says. “We can use it to highlight the
many diverse areas of strength that we have,
and it will help us with our planning in areas
such as branding, positioning, and telling us
which areas to focus on.” The greater range of
the comparative information offered by QS
Stars is something that has been welcomed in
Australia, where a host of leading universities
have moved early to adopt the system.
Another such institution is University of
New South Wales, which on 2nd June 2011
received its QS Stars certificate, making it the
first five-star rated Australian university. “From
now on all of our promotional material, our
website, and our publications, will include both
the QS Stars rating alongside the Australian
www.qs.com
QS World University Rankings 2011 29
government’s ERA analysis”, says Jennie Lang,
pro-vice chancellor at the university. Star-rated
universities such as UNSW and RMIT are
provided with a development roadmap put to-
gether by QS Intelligence Unit, which provides
an in-depth comparison with a selection of
relevant institutions.
Lang says this scope for strategic comparison
is a key attraction of the system: “Compared
to an international ranking, QS Stars offers
more of a framework for benchmarking. It’s
something where criteria that are important
can be measured over time, not just with our
colleagues in Australia but with likeminded
universities anywhere in the world, and that’s
what really attracted us.”
Whereas rankings tend to be research-driven,
QS Stars allows smaller, less research-intensive
institutions such as Cattolica Universita del
Sacro Cuore in Milan showcase its creden-
tials in other areas. “Cattolica offers excellent
services to students”, says Edilio Mazzoleni,
Director of Cooperation, Mobility and Inter-
nationalization at the university. “We provide
access to a lot of students who may not also be
able to afford university, through our scholar-
ship program. Also, among our faculty we have
a high percentage of professors who hold a
PhD. This sort of information is reflected in
QS Stars, whereas it would not be in a
university ranking.”
However, Mazzoleni also stresses that for a
smaller institution the affect of the system upon
internal processes can be just as important as its
impact on global branding and visibility. “The
initial reason we decided to adopt QS Stars was
to have an instrument in place to check over
our data, because we previously had a lot of
problems in this regard. One of the problems
we have had in the past is miscommunication,
so I think with QS Stars we get a better
understanding of how to collect information
and also make an audience within the univer-
sity aware of how important it is to provide
the right information.”
Lang says that a culture of more informed
student decision-making means that inde-
pendent rating will play an increasing role,
as students seek a greater level of compara-
tive detail than that offered by league tables.
“I think most universities will use QS Stars.
Increasingly, discerning students who are much
more knowledgeable about their opportunities,
say ‘show me the evidence’. I sense that this is
what the future is going to be - students want-
ing us not just to make these assertions, but to
back them up.”
Enquiries about QS Stars should be addressed
to Deena Al-Hilli, the project manager, at
[email protected].
QS Star rated Institutions
Geographical diversity of QS Star rated Universities
AUSTRALASIA
University of New South Wales
Bond University
RMIT
The University of Canterbury
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Newcastle
University of Tasmania
Massey University
Murdoch University
Southern Cross University
University of Technology Sydney
Asia
Universitas Islam Indonesia
Universitas Diponegoro
Nanyang Technological University
Amity University
Universitas Sebelas Maret
Universitas Pasundan
Universitas Sriwijaya
Universitas Gunadarma
Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang
Universitas Bina Nusantara (BINUS)
Universitas Andalas
Universitas Jember
Universitas Negeri Malang
Universitas Brawijaya
Universitas Hasanuddin
Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Universitas Katolik Parahyangan
Universitas Padjadjaran
Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta
Institut Pertanian Bogor
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
Universitas Airlangga
Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
Universitas Ahmad Dahlan
Institut Teknologi Nasional Bandung
Universitas Syiah Kuala
Universitas Mataram
Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta
Universitas Tanjungpura
Universitas Nasional
Universitas Negeri Makassar STSI Bandung
Universitas Muhammadiyah
Universitas Udayana
Universitas Jenderal Soedirman
University of Lampung
Politeknik Negeri Samarinda
Politeknik Negeri Ujung Pandang
STIE Triatma Mulya
Al-Farabi National Kazakh University
STSI Bandung
Gorontalo State University
Universitas Sam Ratulangi Manado
Universitas Siliwangi Tasikmalaya
Universitas Mercubuana
Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha
Universitas Sanata Dharma
Universitas Kristen Petra
Universitas Malahayati
Universitas Bengkulu
Universitas Haluoleo
Universitas Muhammadiyah Palu
Universitas Muhammadiyah Palu
Middle East
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
Gulf Medical University
Qassim Universitty
Europe
King’s College London
IE University
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)
University College Cork
University of Limerick
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
The Americas
Ohio State University
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Boston University
Californiia Institute ofTechnology
Princeton University
Harvard University
Yale University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Columbia University
University of Pennsylvania
Stanford University
Duke University
University of Michigan
Cornell University
New York University (NYU)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
University of Chicago
These are challenging but exciting times
in third level education and UCC is in the
vanguard, leading the change agenda with
innovation and new ideas.
Find out more about UCC at
www.ucc.ie
4 Almost two thirds of Ireland’s most cit-
ed researchers are from UCC and for
SFI-funded research, the University
consistently has the highest number
of patents and invention disclosures
of any Irish university
4 More than 2,500 overseas students
from some 100 countries around the
globe have made UCC their university
of first choice
4 Now approaching 20,000, our student
population enjoys internationally rec-
ognised undergraduate and graduate
degree programmes
4 Our campus, the most beautiful in
Ireland, has received the Green Cam-
pus Award from the Federation for
Environmental Education, the only
Irish university campus to receive this
distinction
4 The University is within walking dis-
tance of Cork City, designated by
Lonely Planet as one of the top ten
cities in the world to visit in 2010.
UCC:
LEADING
THE WAY
University College Cork, (UCC) ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide,
is one of Ireland’s premier research-led universities and rapidly becoming the
most international third level institution in the State.
The Ohio State University
A public university ranked among the top 20 in the United States
undergrad.osu.edu/INTadmissionsÊÊÊUÊÊÊE-mail: [email protected]ÊÊÊUÊÊÊPhone: +1-614-292-3980ÊÊÊUÊÊÊosu.edu
Our students have access to more than 175 majors, 475 academic areas of specialization,
over 1,000 student organizations, study abroad programs around the world, and internship
and research opportunities in almost every major.
Earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree
In 2007, Nev Yc|k Un|ve|s|ly f|sc| Sc|cc| cf l|e /|ls /s|c
cpenec |n S|ngcpc|e, cnc s|nce l|en cve| 1öô slucenls f|cm 2ö
ccunl||es |cve en|c||ec |n l|e sc|cc|´s |egencc|y c|ls l|c|n|ng
p|cg|cms.
lc| mc|e |nfc|mcl|cn, v|s|l vvv.l|sc|cs|c.nyu.ecu.sg
Animation and
Digital Arts Dramatic Writing
Film
International
Media Producing
`lf ,OJ'rO Cr CrIisI CrC C rOLOl...IlOr vl, vOJlC
,OJ rOI LO lOrO CnOrQ Js?" - /s||s| G|cc|c||, C|css cf 2ô1ô
l|sc|cs|cL|cg.ccm fcceLcck.ccm/l|sc|cs|c lv|lle|.ccm/l|sc|cs|c c|kul.ccm/l|sc|cs|c

Sponsor Documents

Or use your account on DocShare.tips

Hide

Forgot your password?

Or register your new account on DocShare.tips

Hide

Lost your password? Please enter your email address. You will receive a link to create a new password.

Back to log-in

Close