QS does not count non-autonomous overseas campuses of institutions in our rankings evaluations. There are analytical reasons for this, such as the weightings we apportion to international vs. domestic survey responses and certain indicators such as International Faculty Ratio and International Research Network.
We use the following guidelines in arriving at a decision on whether a campus of an institution can be considered separately for rankings purposes.
- Does the additional campus have its own university principal (president, chancellor or vice-chancellor depending on the local custom) that does NOT report into the leadership of the main campus? This is a strong indicator of distinct autonomous governance.
- Does the additional campus have a distinct name/brand/identity/domain? e.g. ucla.edu; berkeley.edu – these sites look and feel very distinct from one another giving each a distinct identity.
- Do researchers publishing at each location publish under discernibly different affiliation identifiers that can be isolated reliably in Scopus ?
- Are the majority of the programs at the additional campus also available at the main campus?
And in this context, an additional question may be:
- Do you offer a distinct name on your degree certificates?
If the answer is “NO” to ANY of these questions, then the campus cannot be treated as a truly autonomous entity.
Where the matter is contested by QS and the institution, we will refer it to our independent Advisory Board for consideration. You can find out more here: Screening Procedure