Overseas & Autonomous Campuses
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: http://www.iu.qs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/QS_Screening.pdf