This year’s QS World University Rankings ® – will see the introduction of some new methodology refinements, with the aim of providing a fairer reflection of universities’ research impact.
View the slide share presentation below to find out more details about the new and improved QS World University Rankings.
QS World University Rankings Methodology Updates
Our methodology rests on six indicators:
- Employer reputation
- International student ratio
- Staff/Studen ratio
- Academic reputation
- Faculty to student ratio
- Citations per faculty
Citations per faculty makes up 20% of an institution’s score. This indicator sees a big change in this year’s release. As we’re assessing research citations per faculty, and looking at averages per faculty, institutions which are strong in fields such as life sciences and natural sciences, publish more papers in high-citations fields, giving them a higher score.
This year we look at normalising this across the five major fields of study:
- Arts and humanities
- Engineering and technology
- Life sciences and medicines
- Social sciences and management
- Natural sciences
Although academic reputation weighs in at 40% and we have a total of six indicators to take into account when ranking universities, this year’s changes to citations per paper will undoubtedly affect the tables.
This will give schools around the world the chance to rise up through the tables.
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