You are here

QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 – Out Now!

QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 – Out Now! main image

Released today, the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 sees Chinese universities confirm their dominance of the tables. Led by Tsinghua University (1st) and Peking University (2nd), China now occupies the top five spots in the ranking, and accounts for almost half (23) of the top 50.

Published annually, the QS University Rankings: BRICS compares leading universities in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Collectively accounting for 42% of the world’s population, these five nations remain significant players in the changing global economy, and all have placed higher education at the center of plans for continued development.

For 2016, the ranking has been extended to feature the top 250 BRICS universities (previously 200). This expansion particularly benefits Brazil and India, which now have 54 and 44 entries respectively (compared to 40 and 31 last year). Nonetheless, China remains the most-represented nation, appearing 86 times, followed by Russia (55). South Africa has 11 universities featured, led by the University of Cape Town in 14th place.

Top 10 Universities in the BRICS Countries – Overall

Based on the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016

Institution

Country

2016 rank

2015 rank

China

1

1

China

2

2

China

3

3

China

4

6=

China

5

6=

India

6

5

Russia

7

4

China

8

8

China

9

11

Brazil

10

9

 

As well as giving institutions an overall position, the ranking also allocates scores for each of the eight performance indicators assessed, allowing for more detailed comparison of relative strengths and weaknesses. The academic reputation indicator, based on a global survey of academics, awards full marks to four of the leading Chinese universities, as well as Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University and Brazil’s Universidade de São Paulo. All of these except the Russian institution also claim full marks in the employer reputation indicator, joined by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

 

Top 10 BRICS Universities – Employer Reputation

 

Institution

Country

1

China

2

China

3

China

4

China

5

Brazil

6

India

7

India

8

China

9

Russia

10

Brazil

 

Source: QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016

 

Indian and Brazilian universities claim many of the strongest scores for proportion of faculty members with a PhD; 17 Indian and 11 Brazilian institutions are awarded full marks on this metric. However, Russian universities come out ahead when the ratio of faculty members to students is considered, accounting for 16 of the top 20 scores on this measure.

The most prolific research publishers, based on papers per faculty member, are the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Both of these also claim full marks for research impact, assessed based on citations per paper, along with the University of Science and Technology of China and Zheijiang University.

The ranking also reflects the particular success of Chinese and South African institutions in attracting academics from other countries. Between them, these two nations occupy almost all of the top 20 positions for proportion of international faculty members, along with two Russian institutions. Meanwhile Russian universities fare notably well when the proportion of international students is considered, with the highest performers on this measure also including South Africa’s Rhodes University and China’s University of International Business and Economics.

 

Top 10 BRICS Universities – Proportion of International Students

 

Institution

Country

1

Russia

2

South Africa

3

Russia

4

Russia

5

Russia

6

China

7

Russia

8

Russia

9

China

10

South Africa

 

Source: QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016

 

About the QS University Rankings: BRICS

The QS University Rankings: BRICS was developed in 2013, in collaboration with Russian news agency Interfax. For the 2016 edition, 421 universities were evaluated, with the top 250 published. The methodology uses eight indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ration, proportion of staff with a PhD, papers per faculty member, research citations, proportion of international faculty and proportion of international students.

For more insights into the latest results, read the free digital supplement.

Related categories:

Lihlumelo B, Swarup D & 27 others saved this
Written by Laura Bridgestock
The former editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including How Do Students Use Rankings?

Want to leave a comment?

Please login or register to post
comment above our articles

0 Comment