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QS 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%)

With a weightage of 40%, the Academic Reputation metric is based on the Academic Survey - a collation of expert opinions from 94,000 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 considers measuring faculty/student ratio 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 is based on responses to the QS Employer Survey, where employers are asked to identify institutions from which they source “the most competent, innovative and effective graduates.”

Citations per faculty (20%)

In order to calculate the Citations per Faculty metric, QS quantifies the total number of citations received by all faculty member-produced papers from an institution - across a five-year period.

QS performs a normalisation of citations as well, given that different academic fields have variant publishing cultures. This year alone, the ranking provider assessed 74 million citations from 13.5 million papers (excluding self-citations).

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, the UK and USA. 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

38

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 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 the UK 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 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

QS Top 10 Universities in USA 2021

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1

2

Stanford University

2

3

Harvard University

3

4

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

4

5

University of Chicago

9

6

Princeton University

12

7

University of Pennsylvania

16

8

Yale University

17

9

Cornell University

18

10

Columbia University

19

 

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