How to Enter the QS World University Rankings

Wondering what you can do to get into the QS World University Rankings next year? Here’s what you need to know.

Entering the QS World University Rankings and ensuring your university’s eligibility doesn’t have to be overly complicated or an administrative burden.

If you’re interested in boosting your university’s chances of appearing in the QS rankings, follow the steps below to get started.

Get in touch

The first step is to ensure you’re engaged with QS. We have a primary research contact that you can direct all your mailings to and ask any questions regarding requirements and deadlines.

To maintain consistent communication, you should assign someone on your end to be the dedicated point of contact. That way, we know who to contact if there’s an urgent data query or other issue. If your institution has not previously engaged with rankings before, you can complete a short online form to nominate a contact person from your institution.

Don’t be afraid to contact us about any data deadlines or basic questions. Most importantly, please inform us if your point of contact changes, as this can lead to significant bottlenecks if we’re emailing a contact that’s left your university.

Build buy in

Once you’ve set up a point of contact and a team, it’s important to communicate to the wider university teams the importance of these rankings.

Building and maintaining buy in across the university will ensure that data collection is smooth and there’s no miscommunication about what the rankings mean and why you’re doing it.

This will hopefully minimize push backs and issues from teams who don’t want to take the time to collect data points.

Additionally, communicating the different rankings indicators that need to be met will help people understand how these rankings are determined and what each team can do.

Everyone should be aware of these indicators and understand how their department contributes to an indicator’s performance.

The six QS rankings indicators are academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.

Meet your deadlines

Another important component to the rankings process is that you provide your data to us in good time and meet your deadlines.

You should ensure you’ve got your affiliations and Scopus up to date to make sure we have the right data, particularly if your university has multiple names in different languages or a complicated name.

Once you’ve got all these elements in order, you can start building the firm foundation you need for a strong rankings application.

QS provides a free guide called Demystifying the Rankings: A Guide for Universities to help you understand more about the rankings.

The QS Rankings Entry Evaluation service provides universities with a breakdown of the QS methodology; the minimum requirements and performance indicators and how your university can meet them; access to underlying data used to calculate the rankings; and comparisons to your peers.

If you’d like to learn more about the QS Rankings Entry Evaluation, contact us today.

2019-06-27T13:47:32+01:00

About the Author:

As the B2B Content Marketing Manager, Sarah Linney is responsible for communicating the insights, research, and market analysis that have positioned QS as a thought leader in the higher education sector. After completing a Communications-Journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, Sarah worked in radio news and B2B print publishing before joining the content marketing sector. While working at a content marketing agency, Sarah was transferred to their New York office. She then led content marketing efforts at two tech startups in New York as a Content Manager before deciding to make the move to the UK and QS. 

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