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QS World University Rankings Approved by IREG

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Great news! QS has become the first compiler of global and regional university rankings to receive the “IREG Approved” label for three of its research outputs.

The International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) Executive Committee, at its meeting in Warsaw on 15 May 2013, decided to grant QS the right to use the “IREG Approved” label in relation to the following three rankings: QS World University Rankings, QS University Rankings: Asia, and QS University Rankings: Latin America.

The decision has come at the end of a thorough audit process and the approval will last until 31 December 2016.

What does IREG approval mean?

IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, opens its audit procedure for national, regional and global university academic rankings, the IREG Ranking Audit, on a voluntary basis.

The purpose of the audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify that the rankings under review are compiled professionally and with a transparent methodology. Successful organizations also need to show they observe good practices and respond to a need for relevant information from a range of stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.

“QS is committed to the pursuit of best practice in international university rankings. We are, naturally, pleased to be the first international ranking to be IREG Approved,” says Ben Sowter, QS head of research. “Beyond the result itself, it signals the willingness to open our systems and processes up to external, independent scrutiny and exhibit the same transparency we demand of universities.”

Vision, dedication and passion

“We are proud and honored to have received the IREG approval,” adds Nunzio Quacquarelli, managing director of QS. “It is a testimony to the vision, dedication and sheer passion that our team has put into pioneering the evaluation of universities at a global, regional and subject level.” Quacquarelli adds, “Since the inception of the World University Rankings in 2004, QS has focused on criteria that are relevant to millions of international students and their parents.”

Martin Ince, convener of the QS Global Academic Advisory Board, says: “I have always been proud of the broad acceptance of the QS rankings by students and other communities around the world, and confident of the rigor with which they are compiled. I am delighted that IREG, the world’s leading body for independent rankings assessment, agrees with us that they are a valuable and high-quality contribution to world higher education.”

What’s next for QS?

The third edition of the QS University Rankings: Latin America will be published on 28 May 2013, followed by the fifth edition of the QS University Rankings: Asia on 11 June. The tenth edition of the QS World University Rankings will be published on 10 September 2013.

Written by Laura Bridgestock
The former editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversaw the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edited the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributed to market research reports, including 'How Do Students Use Rankings?'

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