Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings

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This Demonstration lets you explore the effects of the scaled indicators on the overall score in QS World University Ranking [1], which is based on the four performance indicators designed to assess universities from four areas: (I) teaching, (II) research, (III) employability and (IV) internationalization.


The methodology used in this Demonstration is based on the procedures described in [2]. To find the rank of a university, one needs to know the university’s total scaled score or the scaled scores of each of the indicators defined on the sliders.

The rankings are just estimated, since the calculations are based on data of previous years. For example, in the 2022 ranking, The University of Edinburgh's overall score is 89.9 and its rank is 16. In the Demonstration, the estimated rank for an overall score of 89.9 is 18. As another example, University of Göttingen has an overall score of 43.2 and its rank is 204. In the Demonstration, the estimated rank corresponding to an overall score of 43.2 is 204 as well.


Contributed by: Merve Samioglu (January 2023)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] QS World University & Business School Rankings. (Nov 14, 2022) www.qs.com/rankings.

[2] E. Siniksaran and M. H. Satman, "WURS: A Simulation Software for University Rankings," Scientometrics, 122(1), 2020 pp. 701–717. doi:10.1007/s11192-019-03269-8.

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