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Rating universities on internationalisation: QS Stars

By Staff Writer

Updated August 4, 2022 Updated August 4, 2022

Globalisation has changed the education landscape, giving more options to students to choose where they want to study. Nowadays, students from all over the world can enrol in a programme in destinations they had never imagined.

Moreover, quality of education, career options and immersing in new cultures encourages young people to explore prestigious universities around the globe.

Institutions themselves need to have a global focus in order to attract and support international students, which is where QS stars comes in.

The QS Stars rating for internationalisation is derived from six criteria:

International collaborations

Knowledge is global, so it is vital that universities work with others around the world to further their research, contributing to academic progress that is universally beneficial.

These collaborations are essential for cutting-edge research, as it allows the sharing of facilities, academics and funds. If a university has 50 joint-degree programmes and/or university research collaborations yielding publications in Scopus™ in the last five years according to the latest QS World University Rankings, then it will be awarded top marks for this indicator.

International faculty

International faculty are a key part of the contemporary higher education landscape.

This is beneficial to students as it means that a university is employing the best talent irrespective of their country of origin and gives them a chance to be exposed to academics who have come through different education systems and can offer a different approach. Universities will be awarded maximum points with faculties that are 25% international.

International students

International students bring socio-cultural diversity to their campuses, hence creating a progressive and enriching learning environment. Universities will be awarded full points if 20% of their students are international.

International exchange programmes

Inbound and outbound exchange students OR Short-term exchange programmes

Exchange programmes are an excellent way for students to get a taste of studying abroad; a chance to see the world, meet people and experience another way of learning.

They’re also great for universities, as they allow them to maintain a dynamic and diverse flow of students on their campuses.

Universities will be awarded full points for having these programmes lasting up to one semester.

  Universities whose number of outbound students is equal to 2% of their total student body, with maximum points on an organised international trip lasting at least 2 weeks and less than 3 months, are rewarded.

International support centre

An international support centre provides advice and support to international and inbound exchange students during their time at an academic institution. They should ideally run programmes and activities to ensure international students feel settled and comfortable, resulting in a successful learning experience.

International diversity

To be a truly international establishment, a university must recruit students from a wide range of countries, giving places to talented students from around the world.

Both universities and fellow students benefit from international students, who add variety to the campus and prepare students for a globalised world.

Universities that have 50 different nationalities of international students will be awarded full points.

QS Stars does the evaluating for you, so you can easily see where a university’s strengths are in order to find a programme that suits your priorities.

This article was originally published in November 2012 . It was last updated in August 2022

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