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2013/14 QS World University Rankings- out 10th September

The 2013/14 QS World University Rankings® will be released on TopUniversities.com at 00:01 GMT, 10th of September.

Now in their 9th edition, the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings will rank the world’s top 800 universities, adding 100+ new universities into the current list of the world’s best institutions.

The QS World University Rankings is made up of six indicators: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), international students (5%) and international faculty (5%).

This year, over 62,094 academic and 27,957 employer responses contributed towards the results, making both surveys the largest of their kind in the world.

The full embargoed press release will be sent on the 5th of September 2013. Members of the press can request to receive the following information in advance:

  •    The global top 100 results
  •     Country-specific press releases and results

Please source tables as:

“© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2013, TopUniversities.com. All rights reserved”

Our in-house higher education experts and executive advisory board members are available for interviews from 5th September. Please see their short biographies below:


QS experts

Ben Sowter, head of research
Ben 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. He 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. Ben can offer commentary on the implications of the rankings results for individual countries and insight into possible future trends.

Danny Byrne, editor of TopUniversities.com
Danny is a regular in the higher education conference circuit and a university rankings expert. His articles and opinions have appeared in various international print and online publications. Danny can offer commentary on the rankings results by individual countries. His expertise lies in the UK and US higher education systems. 

John Molony, regional commentator- Australia and New Zealand
John is an international educator with 17 years’ experience in the higher education sector, including seven years as director, executive director and chief officer international at two leading Australian universities. Molony can comment on the rankings results and their implications in connection with Australian and New Zealand universities.

Christina Zhang, regional commentator- China and UK
Christina was voted the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) International Students’ Officer from 2010-2012 and has won many prestigious awards such as “British Council International Student of the Year” and “Female Young Achiever of the Year”. Prior to joining QS, Christina was working in the House of Commons, advising MPs on UK national policies on business and economic affairs as well as supporting the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party BIS (Business, Innovation and Skills) Group. She is an expert on the Chinese higher education system and can also comment on topics related to the needs of international students.

Zoya Zaitseva, regional commentator- Eastern Europe
Zoya has spoken at many higher education conferences in Eastern Europe on the internationalization of the region’s institutions. She has recently organised the first QS Rankosium, a conference aimed at bringing the region’s universities to ‘world class’ standards and also added a Eastern Europe-specific panel at QS APPLE, a conference focused on building academic excellence in Asia. 

Hillol Nag, regional commentator- Middle East and Africa
Hillol is a senior consultant with the QS Intelligence Unit. His expertise lies in comparative higher education systems, analysing policies, issues, challenges and implementation initiatives. He regularly advises universities around the world, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa, on areas such as strategic planning, research strategy, internationalisation, faculty and student recruitment, branding and employer relations.

Martin Juno, regional commentator- Latin America
Martin joined the QS Intelligence Unit in November 2010 and is the key project manager of the QS University Rankings: Latin America. Prior to joining QS, Martin has worked at Fundación Global (Global Foundation), a prestigious think-tank based in Argentina for almost 10 years as an economic researcher and analyst, leading several research projects and outreach programs.

External commentators

John O’Leary
John is an executive member of the QS Global Academic Advisory Board and has been involved in the World University Rankings since their establishment in 2004. He is a UK-based education journalist, editor of the Times Good University Guide and formerly editor of Times Higher Education Supplement and education editor of The Times.

Martin Ince
Martin is the convenor of the QS Global Academic Advisory Board. He is a British science and education journalist who has been involved in the World University Rankings since 2004. He was formerly deputy editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement and advises universities in Europe and Asia on rankings issues.


Global impact

IREG approved

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the first compiler of global and regional university rankings to receive the “IREG Approved” label for three of its research outputs. The International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) Executive Committee, at its meeting in Warsaw on 15th May 2013, decided to grant to QS the rights to use the “IREG Approved” label in relation to the following three rankings: QS World University Rankings, QS University Rankings: Asia, and QS University Rankings: Latin America. More information on its correct usage is available here.

The Global Innovation Index

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.

The Bank of Communication Sea Turtle Index

The Bank of Communications Sea Turtle Index was developed and produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which benchmarks the potential returns—academic, financial and social—on an international undergraduate education in 80 cities worldwide. These were chosen first by clustering the top 300 universities from the QS World University Rankings into major cities, allowing for richer data and greater regional diversity in results. EIU analysts then used OECD statistics on the percentage of international students going to each country to decide on the number of cities to feature per country.

For more information, contact:

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

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

Sagal Ali, sagal@qs.com, +44(0) 207 284 7234


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