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2nd QS Best Student Cities out 20th November

The new QS Best Student Cities 2013/14 will be released on TopUniversities.com at 00:01 GMT, 20th November. 

The ranking is compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit, the team behind the annual QS World University Rankings. Now in its second year, QS Best Student Cities has now become one of the most highly anticipated rankings from the QS portfolio, attracting global attention. The inaugural edition of the ranking was widely reported by media in 35 countries with local governments around the world showing their support, while students around the world enthusiastically debated the results via social media.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “As the cost of higher education rises around the world, the overall university experience is an increasingly important factor for students. An institution’s location can be equally influential to a student’s decision on his or her study destination as the degree program itself.”

 He continues: “The popularity of this ranking and the importance universities and its host municipals have placed on it reinforces the benefits which come along with being recognised as one of the most attractive cities in the world for students.” 

The methodology is based on five key pillars: university rankings; student mix; quality of living, employer activity and affordability. 
To request for an embargoed city-specific press release on 18th November, please contact: 

Simona Bizzozero, [email protected], +44(0) 7880620856
Vickie Chiu, [email protected], +44(0) 207 2847292


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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.

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.
QS World University Rankings ®
Now in their 10th edition, the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings will rank the world’s top 800 universities (out of over 3,000 considered) 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, 62,094 academic and 27,957 employer responses contributed towards the results, making both surveys the largest of their kind in the world.
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 recognize universities as the multi-faceted organizations 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 internationalization.

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).
Global impact of the QS World University Rankings
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.


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