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More on University Rankings… press release from QS

The university ranking system debate continues. Some numbers are provided here on the numbers using the QS database; it would be nice to see similar for the JT rankings.

We are still left with the question of what defines quality in a university, however. It would be nice to see some elementary measurement theory applied to this concept, embracing straightforward ideas such as reliability and validity in the measurement instrument(s) used.

The press release follows:

Asian universities ousting the Ivy League?

QS University Rankings Workshop attracts 270 university leaders in Kuala Lumpur

‘Oxford slips in international university ranking as Asian rivals ‘snap at heels’, read The Guardian newspaper’s headline when this year’s QS World University Rankings were published. With a record level of interest in the QS World University Rankings (over 5 million people have viewed results on Topuniversites.com alone in 2009) 270 Asian, African, European, North American and Middle-Eastern university heads and strategists flew to Kuala Lumpur recently to attend QS University Rankings Workshops. Delegates were intent on learning about global rankings in general, networking with peer universities and providing feedback to representatives of several ranking organisations.

A common message from delegates and speakers alike was that world rankings have stimulated change, and the QS rankings, in particular, have become a practical tool for strategic planning and target setting for performance improvement, within universities around the world. Dr Kevin Downing of City University of Hong Kong, who has seen the institution improve its ranking performance steadily to become a top 200 university in 2009, says:  “All rankings are controversial. Nevertheless, QS World University Rankings provide a well accepted measure of the current activity and quality of universities around the world. As such they are proving extremely useful to university leaders seeking to benchmark their performance at an international level. Many senior managers of leading universities around the world now include the QS rankings in their strategic plans because they provide useful, practical targets.” The Workshops, held in association with Asia’s largest international education conference, QS-APPLE (Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education), enabled the university leaders to hear from rankings and globalisation experts from seven countries. They presented on key topics that included: · Putting rankings into perspective · Determining the future of university rankings · Using rankings to set targets for improvements in university performance · Benchmarking against global peer institutions · Latest developments in university evaluation QS has pioneered a robust and practical ranking of the world’s universities that, since inception in 2004, has enabled universities to benchmark themselves against their global peers. Responding to the extraordinary level of interest in the QS World University Rankings, QS is undertaking a global outreach to international university leaders through an extended program of QS University Rankings Workshops in 2010:

London in March 2010 – alongside QS Top Universities Fair

Riyadh in May 2010 – prior to QS-MAPLE (Middle East & Africa Professional Leaders in Education Conference)

Warsaw, May 20th – QS World & Eurasian University Rankings Conference

Kansas City in June 2010 – alongside the NAFSA Conference

Nantes, France in September 2010 – alongside the EAIE Conference.

QS Asia office will also conduct a road show of University Rankings Workshops hosted by universities in thirty Asian and Middle Eastern cities during 2010. Some of the countries to be visited next year include: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE (Dubai), Oman, Jordan and Egypt.

Further information on QS World University Rankings and the Rankings Workshops are available on http://www.topuniversities.com. For more information, please contact: Simona Bizzozero Media Relations Manager QS Mobile:  +44 (0) 78 80 62 08 56 Tel:         +44 (0) 20 72 84 72 48  simona@qs.com

Notes for the editors

1)  QS Quacquarelli Symonds QS provides guidance for higher education and career choices, enabling high achievers to progress towards their leadership goals. Through our exclusive events, publications, research and interactive web tools, we link undergraduate, graduate, MBA and executive communities around the world with recruiters and education providers. Our communities include: QS TopUniversities.com, QS TopGradSchool.com  QS TopMBA.com, QS Global Workplace.com. The QS team of over 150 individuals from the four corners of the world represent the experience and goals of the achievers we aim to assist. They include internationally recognized experts in the higher and business education arena. QS operates globally from offices in London, Paris, Singapore, Stuttgart, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington DC, Boston, and Johannesburg.

2)  QS World University Rankings Now in their 6th edition, QS World University Rankings received a record level of responses from both the academic community (9,386) and employers (3,281) reflecting the growing importance of the rankings. For more information on the methodology, visit http://www.topuniversities.com

3) QS-APPLE (Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education) is an international platform for information sharing and idea exchange in the academic community. For more information, visit http://www.qsapple.org

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