QS World University Rankings 2024: Top Global Universities, Methodology, Weightage Parameters

QS World University Rankings 2024: Top Global Universities, Methodology, Weightage Parameters

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 20:45 IST

QS World University Ranking 2024: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University rankings were published a few months back. The QS World University Rankings portfolio ranks universities across the world on the basis of various different parameters. Apart from overall rankings, it also releases subject-wise rankings of universities. Read which are the world's best universities as per QS Rankings and the methodology followed.

QS World University Rankings 2024

As part of the ranking methodology, QS World University Ranking takes the below-mentioned parameters into account that effectively capture university performances, and a list of top-performing universities is derived for a particular year by scoring the universities (Overall Score) against these fields. Three new metrics - Sustainability, Employment Outcomes, and International Research Network, have been introduced this year. Universities are evaluated on the following given parameters:

  1. Academic Reputation
  2. Sustainability
  3. Employment Outcomes
  4. International Research Network
  5. Employer Reputation
  6. Faculty/Student Ratio
  7. Citations per faculty
  8. International Faculty Ratio /International Student Ratio

QS World University Ranking 2024

Mentioned below is a list of top universities for 2024 as per QS World University Rankings 2024. 

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Top University

QS World University Ranking 2024

Overall Score

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, United States



University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom



University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom



Harvard University

Cambridge, United States



Stanford University

Stanford, United States



Imperial College London

London, United Kingdom



ETH Zurich

Zürich, Switzerland



National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore, Singapore



University College London (UCL)

London, United Kingdom



University of California, Berkeley (UCB)



The University of Chicago

Chicago, United States



University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, United States



Cornell University

Ithaca, United States



The University of Melbourne

Parkville, Australia



California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Pasadena, United States



Yale University

New Haven, United States



Peking University

Beijing, China (Mainland)



Princeton University

Princeton, United States



The University of New South Whales (UNSW Sydney)



The University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia



University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada



The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom



Columbia University

New York City, United States



Universite PSL

Paris, France



Tsinghua University

Beijing, China (Mainland)



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QS World University Rankings – Methodology

Launched in 2004, the QS University Rankings has grown to become one of the most influential university rankings in the world. The QS World University Rankings talk about the top universities in the world for a given year. Universities are evaluated on the following given parameters along with their respective weightage for the ranking process:



Academic Reputation

The highest weightage to determine the best university in the world is allocated to the academic reputation of the university. In doing so, QS University Rankings takes into account the expert opinion of over 100,000 individuals who belong in the higher education space and are involved with teaching and research quality at world universities.


Employer Reputation

University education has always boiled down to the effectiveness of being eligible for the job market. Hence, employment reputation looks at how successful a university is in providing this preparedness to the student for the employment market. The data for the employment reputation is collated based on almost 50,000 responses to the QS Employer Survey conducted by QS University Rankings. The QS Employer Survey asks employees to identify institutions from which they source the most capable, effective, and innovative graduates.


Faculty/Student Ratio

For students, teaching quality is one of the most important determinants when choosing universities. Though it is extremely difficult to measure the same, however, QS University Rankings, believes that outlining the Faculty/Student Ratio provides an alternative to measuring teaching quality. This particular parameter takes into account the number of tutors or teaching professionals the institution can provide to students, as a higher number of faculty members per student would greatly unburden each individual academic.


Citations per faculty

If teaching is important to establish university credentials so is research output. At QS University Rankings, university research quality is measured using the Citations per Faculty metric. The process includes taking the total number of citations received by all papers produced by a university across a five-year period by the number of faculty members at that institution.


International Faculty Ratio /International Student Ratio

A highly recommended university comes with advantages, above all, it demonstrates the ability to attract international students and faculty from across the world, which suggests the strong international reputation the university enjoys. This particular parameter takes into account the global outlook that is essential for a university operating in the global education sector. Other factors that are calculated here are providing students with a multinational environment, exchange of best practices, and bringing about global awareness. The International Faculty Ratio and the International Student Ratio contribute 5% each to the total weightage of the QS World University Ranking.


Students are advised to use the above-mentioned QS World University Rankings as a good starting point to narrow down university preferences. Study Abroad aspirants are highly advised to visit university websites, attend open days, watch videos and chat with students about their experiences to arrive at their final decision. Once you have done your research and understand what you want to achieve from your university experience, then you can make the right decision for your future. You can also get in touch with Shiksha Study broad Counsellors for assistance with university admissions.

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