This is important as education exchanges between the US and Mexico have stagnated or fallen for the past decade. What the presidents didn't say [last week] is that this is something that needs to be fixed because it is a real problem. The numbers and quality of student exchanges between the two countries are quite poor and have been for some time. Read more...
The large and comparatively diverse higher education sector is expected to see an encouraging increase in demand in the years to come, but a mismatch between the courses chosen by Egypt’s university students and the market’s requirements has highlighted the need for wide-ranging reforms across the university system.
About 55% of Egypt’s population, which numbers over 82m, is aged under 25. However, despite young Egyptians graduating in the hundreds of thousands every year, data from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows the country had 600,000 unfilled job vacancies in 2012. This is not a situation unique to Egypt; Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia are all facing similar problems as labour force growth outpaces employment growth. Nor does it look as though the supply-side pressure will change significantly any time soon, with the International Labour Organisation predicting an additional 10m youth will have entered the region’s workforce from 2010 to 2020. Read more...
"Ich habe bezahlt und ging direkt mit meiner Note nach Hause. Es war alles ganz einfach und leicht", erzählt die Studentin der Veterinärmedizin. Mittlerweile kauft sie nicht nur Noten. Sie geht zu manchen Prüfungen überhaupt nicht mehr hin. "So ist Russland!", sagt sie.
Olga war mit ihrer ersten Bestechung ganz schön spät dran. In ihrer Heimat ist es keine Seltenheit, dass Eltern ihren Kindern schon in der Grundschule durch Gefälligkeiten an die Lehrer Vorteile verschaffen. Schafft es der Nachwuchs dann mittels gekaufter guter Noten zur Hochschulreife, geht es an der Universität munter weiter. "Blat" nennen die Russen das Gestrüpp aus persönlichen Gefallen, Geschenken und Bestechungszahlungen. Mehr...
Roberta studiert International Business Administration an der Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), einer Stadt mit etwa 60.000 Einwohnern. Sie mag ihren Studiengang, sie genießt es, dass so viele Kommilitonen aus dem Ausland kommen und sie an der Viadrina für eine globalisierte Weltwirtschaft fit gemacht wird. Es sprach sehr viel dafür, in Frankfurt (Oder) zu studieren. Bloß wohnen wollte sie dort nicht. Mehr...
In the run-up to the launch of the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, here’s a look at the ten subject rankings that are currently most viewed on the site.* Covering 30 subjects across five faculty areas, the rankings are widely used by students worldwide when choosing a university, and allow institutions to show off their strongest areas.
Which subject rankings will you be consulting – and is your subject one of the ten most popular?
Topping the list of most viewed subject rankings is medicine. This is not too surprising; not only is the medical field relatively stable in terms of appeal and industry demand, it’s also among the most competitive subject areas. Anyone planning on studying medicine at university is likely to do plenty of research beforehand – and perhaps continue checking how his/her chosen med school is faring in the international rankings! Read more...
The results are in! For the third year, QS has released its World University Rankings by Subject, designed to help students identify the best universities in the world in their discipline. Because sometimes the institutions which are strongest overall may not be the best in your subject. And on many occasions, universities which do not fare quite as well in the overall QS World University Rankings may be extremely strong in certain subject areas. However, though the rankings are not intended to be considered as whole, it can be an interesting to look at which universities appear most frequently in the top 10 across the 30 subjects.
The list contains a lot of familiar names. It is led by the UK powerhouse of Cambridge, followed by Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley. The entire top 10 of the overall rankings feature (unsurprising, as it is their strength in depth which got them to the top in the first place). However, the list is not a straightforward reproduction either! A total of six countries are represented – click to learn more about studying in these destinations: The US, the UK, Singapore, Australia, Switzerland and Japan. The only table topping university to not make this list is the University of California, Davis, which tops the ranking for agriculture and forestry. Read more...
This year’s revamped QS World University Rankings by Subject have been expanded to cover a record 30 disciplines, offering students the most detailed comparison of the world’s top universities at individual discipline level. Find out what's new in this year's subject rankings, with an overview of the top-level competition, followed by a closer look at the performance of universities in different parts of the world.
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013: Fast facts
* 30 subjects ranked (one more than last year)
* 2,858 universities evaluated
* Responses from 70,000 academic experts and graduate recruiters worldwide
* More than 68m citation attributions from Scopus (bibliometric database)
* 8,391 programs manually verified
* 1,526 institutions ranked, with an average of 9 subjects per institution
* 678 universities identified among the world’s top 200 for at least one subject
See the full QS World University Rankings by Subject now >
Creating the rankings
Taking in responses from some 70,000 academic experts and graduate recruiters worldwide, this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject draw on the largest surveys of their kind. Academics identified the leading universities within their field and area of expertise, while employers named the universities that they regard as producing outstanding graduates in a given discipline.
This year our research citations indicator has been supplemented with a new ‘H-Index’, measuring research productivity and impact. The two measures in tandem help us to more accurately account for both the quality and quantity of a university’s research output in a given field.
Competition at the top
Across the 30 disciplines, the number one spots are distributed among large US and UK institutions that operate primarily in English: Harvard (10 number one places), MIT (7), UC Berkeley (4), Oxford (4), Cambridge (3), Imperial College London (1) and UC Davis (1).
The 30 individual tables are not intended to combine to form an overall ranking, and indeed there is more than one way to interpret which university comes out on top if we attempt to do so. While Harvard claims more top spots than any other institution, the university that appears in the top ten in most disciplines is the University of Cambridge, with 27, ahead of Oxford and Berkeley on 23, Stanford (22) and Harvard (21). Cambridge’s near-blanket presence in the top ten indicates that, perhaps more than any other institution, it can claim to be world-class in nearly every major area of academic research. Yet Harvard and MIT have more departments that are truly world leading.
The view from employers
While US institutions remain preeminent for research, the rankings suggest that graduates from the UK’s two most famous institutions are more highly regarded than their Ivy League rivals by the world’s employers. Employers regard Cambridge graduates as the world’s best in 13 of the 30 subjects, while Oxford ties with Harvard on seven, ahead of London School of Economics (LSE), University of Tokyo and UC Davis, top in one subject each. The US/UK monopoly extends to nearly two-thirds of the elite positions – 397 of the 600 top-20 spots across the 30 disciplines. Yet there is plenty of evidence in these rankings of world-class departments outside of this traditional power cluster.
Asia excels in engineering
The rankings feature several notable performances from Asian universities, particularly in the hotly contested areas of science, engineering and technology. Nine of the top 20 institutions in civil engineering are Asian, led by Japan’s University of Tokyo (3rd) and Kyoto University (7th), Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (8=) and National University of Singapore (11), alongside three universities from Hong Kong and two from mainland China. The US and UK account for just five of the top 20.
“The shift in global economic power is transforming the international higher education landscape, with the likes of Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore emerging as genuine challengers to the traditional elite,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “Many institutions in Europe are struggling to keep pace in technical disciplines, in which financial resources are particularly crucial.”
The pace of change is demonstrated by the rapid development of young Asian tech-focused institutions. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Nanyang Technological University have been in existence for just over 20 years, yet are now established in the global top 20 in several engineering and technical disciplines.
France and Germany feel the squeeze
France and Germany have both introduced ‘excellence initiatives’ to improve the performance of their top universities, and both can point to positive performances in some areas. Germany has five top-50 institutions for mechanical engineering, led by Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, and an impressive five institutions in the top 35 for physics – only the US can claim more.
France can also point to top-20 performances from three of its universities: Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) ranks 14th for modern languages, Sciences Po Paris is 16th for politics and international studies, and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ranks 18th for law and 19th for history.
Yet the rankings also reveal areas in which both France and Germany are trailing in the wake of intensified global competition. Germany has no top-50 institutions in important areas such as mathematics and economics, while there are no French institutions in the top 50 in computer science or any of the four areas of engineering: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. The increased competition that is squeezing some European institutions out of the global elite is coming not only from Asia, but also increasingly Australia. University of Melbourne makes the global top ten in six subjects, ahead of Australian National University on four, University of Queensland on two, and Monash University on one. Australian universities make the global top 20 in 25 of the 30 disciplines. Read more...
The latest QS World University Rankings place the University of Melbourne third for education, ahead of Monash University (sixth) and the University of Sydney (eighth).
Melbourne University's dean of the graduate school of education, Field Rickards, said the ranking was an "endorsement" of the teaching and research carried out by his faculty's staff.
"This also reflects on our innovative graduate programs, which are attracting very high quality candidates," he said.
Melbourne University students must complete a postgraduate qualification in education before they can graduate from the course. Read more...