18 October 2017
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has just announced the latest edition of their suite of regional rankings for Asia, Latin America, the Arab region and EECA (Emerging Europe and central Asia. The data are derived from the QS world rankings but with a different methodology in each case. In all four rankings the weighting for academic reputation is 30%, compared to 40% in the world rankings, and for employer reputation 20%, compared to 10% in the world rankings.
The Asia rankings include inbound and outbound exchange students as criteria. The other three rankings include web impact, with a 5% weighing for Latin America and 10% for the Arab Region and EECA.
The combined weighting for citations per paper and papers per faculty ranges from 20% for Asia to 15% for Latin America and the EECA and 10% for the Arab Region.
The ranks of the Arab Region and EECA are much as expected with the American University of Beirut and Lomonosov Moscow State University in first place. However, the rise of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile from third to first place in Latin America, aided by perfect scores for academic and employer reputation, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to first place in the Asian rankings may be surprising to some observers.
The top three universities in each ranking are:
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- National University of Singapore
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- American University of Beirut, Lebanon
- King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
- King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
- Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
- Novosibersk State University, Russia
- University of Tartu, Estonia
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
- Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
- Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.