The QS World University Rankings, the most comprehensive ranking of its kind on the market, shines a light on the best institutions from across the world, supporting our mission of enabling motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility and career development.
To be eligible for this ranking, institutions must fulfil our Eligibility Criteria.
Then, to be analysed by each rankings indicators, an institution should meet the following criteria.
1) If an institution is eligible to appear in any of our regional rankings, it must demonstrate high enough performance in one of regional rankings before being considered for the World University Ranking.
2) Also, a new entrant should be in the global top 30% by academic reputation.
3) If an institution is of small size (fewer than 5,000 students), then we look at the performance in Academic Reputation, Employer reputation and Citations per Faculty. More specifically, we need at least one of following conditions to be met for the last few editions:
- to be in the top 1,000 by all the indicators in the triple
- to be in the top 900 by all indicator pairs in the triple
- to be in the top 800 by any indicator in the triple
4) Paper threshold. For the QS World University Rankings, an institution should have at least 100 papers indexed by Scopus and published over a 5-year window. Only papers of relevant paper types and after affiliation cap is applied are considered.
Note that "being analysed", doesn't necessarily mean "being published" (see Inclusion Criteria).
The set of indicators for our World University Ranking and their weights are shown below, linking to their fuller descriptions in our methods section.
|Faculty Student Ratio||20%|
|Citations per Faculty||20%|
|International Faculty Ratio||5%|
|International Student Ratio||5%|
|International Research Network||0% (for 2023 edition)|
|Employment Outcomes||0% (for 2023 edition)|