08 July 2015
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have produced their latest BRICS rankings of the developing economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The methodology represents a significant departure from QS’s world rankings.
The first three places are held by Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University with Lomonosov Moscow State University in fourth place.
As with the world rankings, the academic and employer reputation surveys account for half of the weighting of the various indicators although here the academic survey gets 30% instead of 40% and the employer survey 20% instead of 10%.
The other six indicators are Faculty Student Ratio (20%), Staff with PhD (10%), Papers per Faculty (10%), Citations per Paper (5%), International Faculty (2.5%) and International Students (2.5%).
One surprise about this year’s rankings is that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, which was previously unranked, has taken the fifth place ahead of large public universities such as the University of Delhi and the Indian Institutes of Technology. The IISc was in first place for papers per faculty and second for the proportion of staff with PhDs. Its performance for international faculty and international staff was, however, very poor, not even making the top 100.
The top levels of these rankings are dominated by China which has 21 universities in the top 50, while Brazil and India have nine each, Russia seven and South Africa four.
The success of Chinese universities is in large part driven by their strong showing in the two surveys. They take six out of the top ten spots for the academic survey and five out of ten for the employer survey.