QS Location Rankings 2020 India – Methodology | Top Universities

QS Location Rankings 2020 India – Methodology

By Stefan Ungureanu

Updated April 12, 2021 Updated April 12, 2021

Launched in 2013, the QS BRICS University Rankings was an annual ranking of the top universities in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This ranking uses the same methodology as the BRICS ranking.

As the BRICS ranking did, eight indicators were selected to be used in the methodology. Some are the same as those used to create the overall QS World University Rankings®, while others are included to reflect priorities and challenges that are more specific to universities in the region, such as recruiting more highly qualified academic staff.

The eight indicators used to create the India ranking are:

Academic reputation (30%)

This is based on analysis of QS’s major global survey of academics, who are asked to identify the top-performing universities in their own field of expertise.

Employer reputation (20%)

This is based on QS’s major global survey of graduate employers, who are asked to identify the universities they perceive as producing the best graduates.

Faculty/student ratio (20%)

This reflects the number of students enrolled per full-time academic faculty member employed. The aim is to give an indication of commitment to teaching and student support.

Staff with a PhD (10%)

Based on the proportion of academic staff members with a PhD, this indicator aims to assess how successful universities have been in recruiting highly qualified faculty members – a major priority for many institutions in the region.

Papers per faculty (10%)

Calculated using data from Scopus, this indicator assesses research productivity, based on the number of research papers published per academic staff member.

Citations per paper (5%)

Again calculated using the Scopus database, this indicator aims to assess research impact, based on the frequency with which an institution’s research is cited by other researchers.

International faculty (2.5%)

This score reflects the percentage of faculty members at the university who are international, to show how successful each institution has been in attracting academics from further afield.

International students (2.5%)

This last indicator reflects the percentage of students enrolled at the university who are international, giving a further indication of each institution’s global appeal.

The overall results of the QS India University Rankings are published in an interactive online table, which allows users to compare universities’ performance on individual indicators, or view those with the highest combined scores. To access the full functionality of the table, you first need to log in or register as a site member – this is free and allows you to access exclusive content and resources.

This article was originally published in September 2018 . It was last updated in April 2021

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