02 August 2017
The US education technology company, Hobsons, has released information about its survey of international students. Nearly a fifth of respondents said that rankings were the most important factor they considered when choosing a country in which study and 23.5% said it was most important for choosing a university.
Rankings are clearly not the dominant factor but they are significant. The survey has been under way for three years and there is now a total of 34,172 respondents. It was weighted to match the national origins of inbound international students.
In 2017 the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, rising from third place in 2016, were the most popular, followed by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), first in 2016, the US News Best Global Universities and the Center for World University Rankings, formerly published from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
There were some differences among international students. Indian students put the THE rankings in second place after QS while Chinese students gave this position to the Shanghai rankings.