June 11, 2018

QS and THE Golden Age rankings released

Institutions evaluated on a number of performance metrics


University Relations Staff

Last week, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released its QS World University Rankings 2019. The University of Calgary is ranked 229 in the world (9thin Canada) among research universities.

Methodology for QS rankings

Institutional rankings within the QS World University Rankings 2019 are based on six indicators that take into consideration academic and research performance as well as international outlook. Here are the indicators and how they are weighted in the ranking:

  1. Academic reputation                      (40%)
  2. Employer reputation                      (10%)
  3. Student-to-faculty ratio                  (20%)
  4. Citations per faculty                       (20%)
  5. International faculty ratio                (5%)
  6. International student ratio               (5%)

Meanwhile, Times Higher Education (THE) released the results of its Young University Rankings 2018: Golden Age Universities (between 50 and 80 years old) the same day as the QS rankings. The University of Calgary ranked second in Canada and sixth in North America.  This ranking looks at the world's 200 best universities established between 1945 and 1966.

THE describes this period as the “Golden Age” in global higher education, characterized by rapid university expansion and increasing investment in research. The Golden Age universities are described as a unique group of higher education institutions that have embedded their academic practices but that have not been around for hundreds of years.

Methodology for Times Higher Education (THE) – Golden Age Ranking

The THE Golden Age ranking applies the same methodology as the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (WUR), which was released on September 6, 2017. Institutions provide and sign off their institutional data for use in the rankings.

The rankings are generated from five areas, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence. Here are the five areas and how they are weighted in the ranking:

1. Teaching (the learning environment)  (30%)

  • Reputation survey: 15%
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5%
  • Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio: 2.25%
  • Doctorates-awarded- to-academic-staff ratio: 6%
  • Institutional income: 2.25%

2. Research (volume, income and reputation)  (30%)

  • Reputation survey: 18%
  • Research income: 6%
  • Research productivity: 6%

3. Citations (research influence): 30%

4. International outlook (staff, students, research) (7.5%)

  • International-to-domestic-student ratio: 2.5%
  • International-to-domestic-staff ratio: 2.5%
  • International collaboration: 2.5%

5.  Industry income (knowledge transfer) (2.5%)