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University Rankings – QS are back (March 2010 Newsletter)

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QS Rankings & Global Higher Education Trends

March 2010

Welcome to the first edition of the QS Rankings & Global Higher Education Trends newsletter, a monthly bulletin that will focus on the hotly debated topic of university league tables and performance evaluations, as well as other topics that feature highly on the agenda of international educators.

In this month’s edition:
QS launches the new research round for the  QS World University Rankings™ 2010
(formerly known as THE-QS World University Rankings 2004-2009);
Martin Ince, former editor of the World University Rankings at THE and member of the QS Rankings expert advisory board, takes a look at the project of the European Commission on global rankings; while QS managing director, Nunzio Quacquarelli says competition in the rankings sector is a good thing.

We hope you will enjoy the read, and forward the newsletter on to colleagues and friends.

The Team at QS

QS World University Rankings™ launches 2010 research

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the research and information specialists behind the QS World University Rankings™, have launched the new research round for the 2010 rankings, in association with partners including US News & World Report and Scopus, the Elsevier database that supplies bibliometric data.

QS World University Rankings™ launches 2010 research

“Competition is a good thing” says Nunzio Quacquarelli

Competition is a good thing in most industries. It stimulates innovation and creates choice. At QS, founder of the World University Rankings, we have spent the last six years providing seminars and workshops for …

Global University Rankings: The European Commission project

Even the harshest critics of university ranking systems agree on one thing – they are not going to go away. Nor are they going to lose their influence, which is widespread among students and their parents, academics and university managers, politicians and policy makers. On the contrary, the prospect is that rankings will multiply like iPhone apps, until we reach the point where there is one for every possible purpose.

Asian University Rankings

The results of the 2010 QS.com Asian University Rankings will be released on the 11th of May. In their first year, the QS.com Asian University Rankings provided a unique insight into the performance of Asian universities at a regional level. Interest in rankings of Asian institutions is among the strongest in the world and the narrower the geographic focus of a ranking, the richer the available data can potentially be. To view last year’s results click “read more”

QS Intelligence Unit Blog

Share your thoughts on rankings and global higher education trends with our in-house experts. Follow the latest news and developments from the QS Intelligence Unit at iu.qs.com.

March Calendar

London, Thursday 11 March: This week also sees the QS World University Rankings™ Workshop at Earls Court, as part of the highly successful Top Universities Fair.
Universities are invited to interrogate the team from the QS Intelligence Unit – the authors of the QS World University Rankings™ – with any philosophical or technical questions you may have. The aim of the workshop, which runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm, is to provide an insight into how QS will continue to maintain a consistent voice, whilst at the same time developing and building the QS World University Rankings™ (formerly known as THE-QS World University Rankings 2004-2009). For future workshops around the world, check http://www.topuniversities.com/professional/seminars.

London, Thursday 25 March: Going Global Conference – Queen Elisabeth II Convention Centre
16:45 – presentation: ”QS World University Rankings ™: the facts, the impact and why the future is bright”
Changes to the QS World University Rankings™ publishing arrangements, alongside the launch of new rankings initiatives, have intensified the debate on how world university rankings should be compiled and what they should be used for. The QS methodology remains the most widely trusted approach, taking into account a complete range of performance indicators, with an emphasis on the views of the academic community.

How will QS World University Rankings™ build on its strengths and provide an even more valuable service to the global academic community and aspiring students throughout the world? A panel consisting of the founders of the rankings will discuss: The new Academic Advisory Board, the statistical validity of the rankings, benchmarking performance against six years of data and plans for the future.

QS will also be presenting information sessions about the World University Rankings at the following conferences:

-NAFSA 2010, Kansas City (30 May- 4 June)

-EAIE 2010, Nantes (15-18 September)

-AIEC 2010, Sydney (12-15 October)

Coming up in the next issue…
Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, Nunzio Quacquarelli, John O’Leary, editor of the Good University Guide and Martin Ince, will answer your questions in a regular Q&A column.
The April newsletter will also cover:
– A comparative analysis of the major global university rankings
– Specialist institutions’ performance in global rankings
– Economic recession and budget-cuts: the impact on universities, faculty and students
– How technology is improving the way universities manage relationships with
key stakeholders
Watch this space!

From the next monthly issue onwards, we will publish comments, ideas and FAQs from the academic community around the world. To submit your contribution or raise any questions to our experts, contact:

Simona Bizzozero
Head of PR
+44 02072847248
+44 07880620856

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