(June 2017) Significant change: the reference years of the rankings from 2014 to 2017 have been changedUntil now, the reference year of the ranking was the year of its publication. This year (2017) the QS published its ranking under the reference of “2018” and renamed the rankings since 2014 with the date following the year of their publications. […]
The university ranking lists are appealing because they give an indication of the quality of the universities or scientific disciplines in table format. The ranking lists use various quantitative and qualitative methodologies for this purpose.
From 2004 to 2009 the Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Sysmonds ( QS) published annually a joint ranking under the name ” Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Rankings” . In 2010 these two institutions have stopped their collaboration but continue to publish a separate ranking : QS have kept the 2004-2009 methodology and publishe this
The universities selected for analysis in the Shanghai ranking list are compared and evaluated on the basis of six quantitative indicators. The criteria and their relative weight show the emphasis placed on research: each of the following two criteria account for 20%: “quality of staff” and “research output”. “Quality of education” and “size of institution”