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More than 100 Universities Rated by QS Stars

More than 100 universities worldwide have now signed up to the QS Stars rating system.

This new service rates universities' performance in teaching, graduate employability, innovation, access, facilities and community engagement.

Institutions range from world leaders like King’s College London, University of New South Wales and Nanyang Technological University, to small institutions that have seized the opportunity to gain international recognition for the areas in which they excel.

Five of the Best Universities for Teaching: QS Stars

Discover five of the world’s best universities for teaching quality, according to the QS Stars university rating system.

One of the major touchstones of quality for any university is its standard of teaching, yet it is an area that university rankings have always found difficult to measure.

The QS Stars test for teaching hinges on four criteria: overall student satisfaction, satisfaction with teaching, the proportion of undergraduates who go on to further study, and student-faculty ratio.

Australia's University of Newcastle Embracing QS Stars

Australia’s University of Newcastle has embraced the new QS Stars rating service, as a means to identify institutional strengths and areas for improvement. Martin Ince, convener of the QS Academic Advisory Board, finds out more.

Rating Universities on Innovation: QS Stars

Innovation is one of the criteria assessed by the QS Stars university rating service for universities. But how can this be measured?

Rating Universities on Research: QS Stars

Research quality is a key criterion in many university ranking and rating systems. Find out below how this is assessed by the QS Stars university rating service.

In traditional university rankings, such as the QS World University Rankings, criteria relating to research quality often carry the most weight.

Rating Universities for Specialist Criteria: QS Stars

The QS Stars university rating system allows universities to be rated for their strength in a specialist subject area. How is this assessed?

There are a great number of universities that can be considered to be specialist institutions. These specialist schools focus on either a general subject area or, in some cases, a very narrow area of expertise.

In addition to this, even many comprehensive universities will have subject areas in which they excel beyond all others.

Rating Universities on Social Responsibility: QS Stars

Find out how the QS Stars university rating system assesses universities' social rsponsibility by measuring how seriously a university takes its obligations to society by investing in the local community and environmental awareness.

There are countless intangible ways in which a university benefits the society beyond its walls, as well as the society within them.

However, a good university will also seek to benefit it more directly, and particularly in developing nations this role is often central to a university’s mission.

Rating Universities on Teaching: QS Stars

How does the QS Stars university rating system go about measuring universities' teaching quality?

While the quality of a university’s research tends to receive a lot of attention in international rankings, for its students, the quality of its teaching is equally, if not more, important.

Of course the two are often closely linked. It is today’s students that will be tomorrow’s researchers, and only a high standard of teaching can allow them to make them this transition.

Rating Universities on Employability: QS Stars

The QS Stars university rating system gives universities a rating for graduate employability - an indication of students' future career prospects. How is this measured?

When thinking about what university you want to attend, and what course you want to take, it’s more than likely that the issue of employment will have crossed your mind. After all, it’s the very reason that many people go to university in the first place.

Rating Universities on Infrastructure: QS Stars

QS Stars uses six criteria to rate a university's infrastructure quality.

There’s more to universities than research and teaching. For anything from three years upwards a university’s campus will be the centre of the lives of thousands of students – and in many cases, their actual home.