The Amsterdam-based website StuDocu, originally a platform for the exchange of study documents, has published an international ranking that it reports is based on a survey of 100,000 students who have used the site.
Users were asked to rank universities on a scale of 0-10 for fifteen indicators some of which such as Academic Reputation and Job Opportunities and Quality of Courses are often found in other rankings. There are others that might be considered more unconventional including Food, Sports Culture, and Dating Scene. This is basically an attempt to capture the overall student experience.
There are four regional rankings: USA and Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Oceania. Traditional elite universities such as the Ivy League or the Russell Group do not do well here and smaller and less well-known universities get good scores.
In the European table there are seven Scottish and two Welsh institutions in the top 15 but none located in England. In Latin America the best performing country is Mexico with six universities in the top 15.
The top three universities in each region are:
USA and Canada
- California State University Fullerton
- Clemson University, South Carolina
- Southern New Hampshire University
- Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
- University of St Andrews. UK
- Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg, Germany
- Universidad de Especialidades del Espíritu Santo, Ecuador
- Unidades Tecnológicas de Santander, Colombia
- Universidad Politécnica de Querétaro, Mexico
- University of New England, Australia
- University of Canberra, Australia
- Federation University, Australia.