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Rating Universities on Facilities: QS Stars

By Staff Writer

Updated March 5, 2016 Updated March 5, 2016

The QS Stars university rating system provides a comprehensive and in-depth framework within which to rate and compare universities’ performance across a broad spectrum of criteria. Each institution covered by QS Stars is assessed on a number of core categories, relating to teaching, research, graduate employability and internationalization. Specialist and advanced criteria are also considered, as well as a set of criteria relating to the learning environment provided.

Within this learning environment category, universities can choose to receive a QS Stars rating for their campus facilities or for their provision of online and distance learning options. Institutions assessed for their campus facilities receive a total score out of 100, compiled from the following:

Sports facilities (20 points)

First, universities are assessed based on the sports facilities they offer, with a maximum score of 20 points available. Two points are awarded for each of the following campus facilities: swimming pool, fitness gym, indoor sports court, outdoor sports court, outdoor sports pitch, athletics track, stadium, full-time sports coach or dedicated sports medical staff. A bonus of four points is awarded to universities which offer six or more of these facilities.

Medical facilities (10 points)

Next, universities receive a score for their medical facilities. To receive the 10 points available here, institutions must have an on-campus medical center with at least one full-time qualified medical doctor, or one full-time nurse per every 3,000 students enrolled.

Student societies (10 points)

Up to 10 points are available for universities offering a strong selection of active student societies. Here, points are awarded on a sliding scale. The full 10 points is awarded to universities with at least 50 student-administered organizations in operation, while at least 10 student societies are required to receive any points in this category.

Student accommodation (20 points)

Up to 20 points are available for universities’ provision of student accommodation. Maximum points are awarded to universities which offer enough rooms in student residences to accommodate all first-year undergraduate students.

IT infrastructure (20 points)

Full points are awarded to universities which have one computer per every five students, or internet access in every university-provided student residence, or WIFI access across at least 90% of campus area (excluding parks and sports fields). In the last instance, points are awarded on a sliding scale, down to 60% of campus area.

Library facilities (20 points)

Finally, QS Stars considers universities’ investment in library facilities. Points are awarded on a sliding scale, with the full 20 points awarded to institutions which invested $250 per student in the past year, scaled down to $10 per student. Alternatively, full points are awarded to institutions which can claim at least three new library catalogue entries per student over the past year, scaled down to one new entry per student.

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This article was originally published in August 2014 . It was last updated in March 2016

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