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QS World University Rankings chosen for The Global Innovation Index 2013

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The QS World University Rankings has been chosen as one of the new indicators added to The Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII), released on July 1st 2013. The QS ranking is the only ranking of its kind to be used for the study.

The GII, now in its 6th edition, is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations).  The annual report consists of a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results.

Results of the 2012 QS World University Rankings is one of the three new indicators that are focused on the quality of innovation inputs and outputs added to the GII this year. “Patent families filed in at least three offices” and “Citable documents H index” were the other two new indicators.

In each of the countries ranked in the report, the average score of the top three universities that featured in the 2012 QS World University Rankings is used to assess the availability of higher education institutions of quality. 

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says, “It is a great honour to be the only global university ranking in the world to be used as an indicator in such an important study. As the first ranking to be approved by the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG), we are confident that the QS World University Rankings methodology is the most robust and well-suited for this piece of research.” 

He adds, “Whilst not currently part of our rankings methodology, ‘innovation’ is used as an indicator in many of our other research into university quality. We believe there is definitely room for further collaboration in the future.”

The QS World University Ranking includes six indicators drawn together to form an international ranking of universities: 40% academic reputation, 10% employer reputation, 20% citations per faculty (from SciVerse Scopus), 20% faculty student ratio, 5% proportion of international students, and 5% proportion of international faculty.

The 10th edition of the QS World University Rankings will be released on 10th September, 2013 on www.TopUniversities.com.

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Media contact:

Simona Bizzozero, simona@qs.com, +44(0) 7880 620 856

Vickie Chiu, vickie.chiu@qs.com, +44(0) 207 284 7292
 

Notes for editors

About the Global Innovation Index

The Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII), in its 6th edition this year, is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations).

The core of the GII Report consists of a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results. Recognizing the key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity, and the need for a broad horizontal vision of innovation applicable to developed and emerging economies, the GII includes indicators that go beyond the traditional measures of innovation such as the level of research and development..

The index is submitted to an independent statistical audit by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Download the full report or access country rankings, media and past reports.

 IREG

Clarification on the use of the “IREG Approved” label >


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The QS World University Rankings ® is an annual league table of the top 800 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. 

Ben Sowter

Sowter is the head of research at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, leading the QS Intelligence Unit.

He is fully responsible for all major QS research projects and has been actively involved the collection, compilation and analysis of all the data used in the QS World University Rankings since its initial inception in 2004. A frequent contributor to the press, Sowter’s opinion and expertise on global education trends is highly sought after by major media organizations around the world. Sowter is also the co-author of UNESCO publication, “Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses”, a book which showcases the views of twenty academics and university rankers.

He holds an BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, UK. 

 

 

 


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