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QS World University Rankings 2020

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 2020

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

The Australian National University

29

2

The University of Melbourne

38

3

The University of Sydney

42

4

The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

43

5

The University of Queensland

47

6

Monash University

58

7

The University of Western Australia

86

8

The University of Adelaide

106

9

University of Technology Sydney

140

10

The University of Newcastle, Australia (UON)

207


QS Top 10 Universities in New Zealand 2020

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

The University of Auckland

83

2

University of Otago

176

3

Victoria University of Wellington

215

4

University of Canterbury

227

5

University of Waikato

266

6

Massey University

287

7

Lincoln University

356

8

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

442


QS Top 10 Universities in Canada 2020

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

University of Toronto

29

2

McGill University

35

3

University of British Columbia

51

4

University of Alberta

113

5

Université de Montréal

137

6

McMaster University

140

7

University of Waterloo

173

8

The University of Western Ontario

211

9

University of Calgary

233

10

Queen’s University at Kingston

239


QS Top 10 Universities in the UK

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

University of Oxford

4

2

University of Cambridge

7

3

UCL

8

4

Imperial College London

9

5

The University of Edinburgh

20

6

The University of Manchester

27

7

King’s College London

33

8

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

44

9

University of Bristol

49

10

The University of Warwick

62


QS Top Universities in Ireland

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

108

2

University College Dublin

185

3

National University of Ireland Galway

259

4

University College Cork

310

5

Dublin City University

429

6

University of Limerick

521-530

7

Maynooth University

701-750

8

Dublin Institute of Technology

751-800


QS Top 10 Universities in USA

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)

5

5

University of Chicago

10

6

Princeton University

13

7

Cornell University

14

8

University of Pennsylvania

15

9

Yale University

17

10

Columbia University

8


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