The QS World University Rankings® 2016/17 Are Almost Upon Us!

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It’s that time of the year again; the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17 are upon us! This year’s ranking is bigger and more comprehensive than ever, so in anticipation of the release, we’ve summarised some of the major methodological additions and changes.

Institutions considered for the rankings are increasing year on year

Last year a whopping 3,539 institutions were considered for inclusion in the rankings; in this year’s edition that number has risen to over 3,800! This jump in numbers means that the rankings will be more comprehensive, covering as many of the world’s major universities as possible, and offering prospective students more world-leading options than ever before.

More universities than ever before are ranked

More than 900 universities will be featured in the rankings this year; 25 more than last year (and 400 more than were featured in the first edition back in 2004). The institutions represented this year come from 81 countries and territories across the world.

The methodology

The QS World University Rankings are based on six indicators, with each awarded a different weighting when calculating the overall scores.

The six indicators considered are:

  • Academic reputation (40%)
  • Employer reputation (10%)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio (20%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • International faculty ratio (5%)
  • International student ratio (5%)

The rankings release is coming up in September.

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