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Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2021

Globally recognised and produced by Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher education publisher, the QS World University Rankings 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%)
  • Faculty/Student Ratio (20%)
  • Employer Reputation (10%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • International Faculty Ratio and International Student Ratio (5% each)

Institutions that score well for these metrics are those that are capable of 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, and the UK. If you’re keen to find out more on 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 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

The Australian National University 

31 

2 

The University of Sydney 

40 

3 

The University of Melbourne 

41 

4 

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

44 

5 

The University of Queensland 

46 

6 

Monash University  

55 

7 

The University of Western Australia 

92 

8 

The University of Adelaide 

106 

9 

University of Technology Sydney 

133 

10 

University of Wollongong 

196 


QS Top 10 Universities in New Zealand 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

The University of Auckland 

81 

2 

University of Otago 

184 

3 

Victoria University of Wellington 

223 

4 

University of Canterbury 

270 

5 

Massey University 

272 

6 

University of Waikato 

375 

7 

Lincoln University 

387 

8 

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) 

437 

QS Top 10 Universities in Canada 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

University of Toronto 

25 

2 

McGill University 

31 

3 

University of British Columbia 

45 

4 

Université de Montréal 

118 

5 

University of Alberta 

119 

6 

McMaster University 

144 

7 

University of Waterloo 

166 

8 

Western University 

203 

9 

Queen’s University at Kingston 

246 

10 

University of Calgary 

246 


QS Top 10 Universities in United Kingdom 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

University of Oxford 

5 

2 

University of Cambridge 

7 

3 

Imperial College London 

8 

4 

UCL 

10 

5 

The University of Edinburgh 

20 

6 

The University of Manchester 

27 

7 

King’s College London 

31 

8 

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 

49 

9 

University of Bristol 

58 

10 

The University of Warwick 

62 

QS Top 10 Universities in Ireland 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin 

101 

2 

University College Dublin 

177 

3 

National University of Ireland Galway 

238 

4 

University College Cork 

286 

5 

Dublin City University 

439 

6 

University of Limerick 

511-520 

7 

Maynooth University 

701-750 

8 

Technological University Dublin 

801-1000 

 

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