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2012/13 QS World University Rankings

Press announcement

out on Tuesday 11th September


Top 200 universities revealed at  00:01+1 GMT

Top700 universities announced at 15:00 GMT+1 live video stream*

Full results of the annual QS World University Rankings will be released on www.topuniversities.com on 11th September, 2012.

Now in its 9th year, the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings are considered by many around the world to be the benchmark of academic excellence.

Results are based on academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty/student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), international faculty (5%) and international students (5%).

Responses from over 46,000 academics and 25,000 employers were taken into account, making the ranking’s key surveys, the QS Global Academic Survey and QS Global Employer Survey, two of the largest of their kind every compiled.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says, “The 2012 findings reflect the rapidly-evolving global higher education landscape and point towards the early effects of changes in government funding policies seen around the world.”

Full methodology can be viewed here

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The embargoed press release will be circulated on Friday 7th September.

Early media interviews with Ben Sowter and QS higher education experts can be requested through:

* Join the live presentation and debate about the QS World University Rankings on Tuesday 11th September.
Register for the video stream at http://www.iu.qs.com/dublin/



Notes to editors

QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Since 1990, QS has become established as the world’s leading network for top careers and education. Producers of the QS World University Rankings®, QS’s innovative research, events, publications and university solutions provide new ways of bringing universities into contact with the best and brightest students worldwide.

QS World University Rankings®

The QS World University Rankings ® is an annual league table of the top 700 universities in the world and is arguably the best-known and respected ranking of its kind. Compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in close consultation with an international advisory board of leading academics, the QS World University Rankings ® is widely referenced by prospective and current students, university professionals and governments worldwide. The purpose of the rankings has been to recognise universities as the multi-faceted organisations they are and to provide a global comparison of their success against the notional mission of remaining or becoming world-class. The rankings are based on four key pillars, research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

Scopus Database from Elsevier

QS Rankings use citation data from Scopus which is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Scopus is a trusted source of bibliometric data, also used by many other organisations including: the OECD, the Australian Research Council, iFQ (Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung) and ISTEP (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan).

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