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QS World University Rankings 2023

Globally recognised and produced by Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher education publisher, the QS World University Rankings is one of the most widely read and reputable university ranking systems.

It has consistently based its ranking methodology on six key metrics. They include academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. Each metric contributes a percentage towards an institution’s final score.

Academic reputation (40%)

With a weightage of 40%, the academic reputation metric is based on the academic survey - a collation of expert opinions from 130,000 higher education individuals regarding teaching and research quality - and is touted as the world’s largest survey of academic opinion.

Faculty/student ratio (20%)

QS measures faculty–student ratio as an indicator of teaching quality, as the most effective proxy metric for teaching quality, as it relates to how institutions are able to facilitate meaningful access between students and lecturers. The ranking methodology also recognises that a high number of faculty members will represent a lower teaching burden.

Employer reputation (10%)

This metric gauges the reputations of universities among worldwide employers for producing relevant, innovative and effective graduates, based on the QS Employer Survey.

Citations per faculty (20%)

To calculate the citations per faculty metric, QS takes into account the number of academic citations in papers an institute produces, considering the size of the university, across a five-year period.

QS performs a normalisation of citations as well, to keep the influence of research broadly equal for the different academic fields, given that certain fields publish more papers than others.

International student ratio and international faculty ratio (5% each)

These metrics indicate how capable the institute is in attracting faculty members and students from all over the world. An internationalised higher education sector provides the community with a multicultural environment, allowing for exposure to cultures and beliefs, besides raising students to develop international sympathies and global awareness.

Below, we’ve compiled the top universities in each destination - Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, the UK and the USA. If you’re keen to find out more about what it means to study abroad in any of these countries, fill in your details and make a free appointment with one of our friendly counsellors!

QS top 10 universities in Australia 2023

Rank

University

Global rank

1.

The Australian National University (ANU)

30

2.

The University of Melbourne

33

3.

The University of Sydney

41

4.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)

45

5.

The University of Queensland

50

6.

Monash University

57

7.

The University of Western Australia

90

8.

The University of Adelaide

109

9.

University of Technology Sydney

137

10.

University of Wollongong

185

QS top universities in New Zealand 2023

Rank

University

Global rank

1.

University of Auckland

87

2.

University of Otago

217

3.

Victoria University of Wellington

275

4.

University of Canterbury

284

5.

Massey University

292

6.

University of Waikato

331

7.

Lincoln University

368

8.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

486

QS top 10 universities in Canada 2023

Rank

University

Global rank

1.

McGill University

31

2.

University of Toronto

34

3.

University of British Columbia

47

4.

University of Alberta

110

5.

Université de Montréal

116

6.

McMaster University

152

7.

University of Waterloo

154

8.

Western University

172

9.

University of Ottawa

237

10.

University of Calgary

242

QS top 10 universities in the UK 2023

Rank

University

Global rank

1.

University of Cambridge

2

2.

University of Oxford

4

3.

Imperial College London

6

4.

UCL

8

5.

The University of Edinburgh

15

6.

The University of Manchester

28

7.

King’s College London

37

8.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

56

9.

University of Bristol

61

10.

The University of Warwick

64

QS top universities in Ireland 2023

Rank

University

Global rank

1.

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

98

2.

University College Dublin

181

3.

University of Galway (previously National University of Ireland Galway)

270

4.

University College Cork

303

5.

Dublin City University

471

6.

University of Limerick

531–540

7.

Maynooth University

801–1000

8.

Technological University Dublin

801–1000

QS top 10 universities in USA 2023

Rank

University

Global rank

1.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1

2.

Stanford University

3

3.

Harvard University

5

4.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

6

5.

University of Chicago

10

6.

University of Pennsylvania

13

7.

Princeton University

16

8.

Yale University

18

9.

Cornell University

20

10.

Columbia University

22

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