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How The QS Stars University Ratings Are Different From The QS Rankings?

When QS World University Rankings first emerged in 2004, they responded to a pressing need: giving a speedily-growing contingent of students a way to form reliable comparisons of university standards across borders. QS Stars were formulated to give students a way of forming unbiased, evidence-based assessments of universities, in a greater number of areas that can be covered by rankings.

There has been much hullabaloo around what attributes make a university world-class, particularly bearing in consideration the growing popularity of university rankings and the criteria used to assess universities worldwide. The following criteria, the basis for QS Stars ratings, were selected as the pillars of what makes a world-class university. A number of factors are taken into consideration, which often go unobserved in university rankings and other evaluations.

The Parameters Which Define University Excellence Are:


This indicator includes assessments of research, quality amongst academics, productivity, citations, and awards


Student feedback through national student surveys, study rate, and student-faculty ratio are the typical indicators under this parameter


Common indicators in this area are surveys of employers, graduate employment rates and careers service support


The effective indicators could be the proportion of international students and staff, the numbers of exchange students arriving and departing, the number of nationalities represented in the student body, the number and strength of international partnerships with other universities and the presence of religious facilities.


Indicators such as sporting, IT, library and medical facilities, as well as the number of students societies are considered within this criterion.

Online/Distance learning

This category looks at various indicators such as student services and technology, track record, student-faculty engagement, student interaction, commitment to online and reputation of the university

Social Responsibility

Here, universities must show how seriously it takes its obligations for social welfare by investing in the local community as well as in charity work. It also analyses the regional human capital development and environmental awareness


Innovations in economy, society, and culture, form a major consideration aspect for Universities

Arts & Culture

Effective indicators are the number of events, activities, and exhibits organized by the institution, the number of credits and cultural awards and cultural investment


This area oversees the accessibility of the university to students, predominantly at scholarships and fellowships, disability access, gender balance and low-income outreach

Specialist Criteria

This criterion is designed to account for accreditations and discipline rankings

When considering universities, what is the difference between rankings and ratings?


The QS World University Rankings compare universities to one another and put them in order. Based on how the institutions perform across six indicators, QS produces rankings that are designed to assess universities in four areas:

  1. Research
  2. Teaching
  3. Employability
  4. Internationalization

RATING: Who’s the best? Who’s good at what?

A rating assesses universities on how they perform in several areas, similar to the areas considered in rankings. But rather than comparing institutions against one another, they are judged on how they perform against a set standard. QS Stars is audited on the strengths and weaknesses of a university. The university provides QS with evidence across dozens of indicators. This evidence is verified and the university is given an overall score (“5 Stars”), as well as a score for each category. There is no limit to the number of universities that can achieve the highest score overall or in any category.

The QS World University Rankings ranked Symbiosis International (Deemed University) 247 in Asia and 144 among BRICS nations in 2018.

Check the entire ranking, here.

A testament to our outstanding achievement in the international arena, SI (DU) is conferred with the international recognition by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) recently.  In addition to being ranked at the Top 250 in Asia in the QS Asia University Ranking this year, QS Stars rating is another important milestone for SI (DU) as it measures the university’s achievement against other top universities worldwide. This achievement is a demonstration of our global reputation among the academic partners and employers, our world-class facilities, our achievement in internationalization and our proven track record in making quality education affordable. As we move to the next chapter, this accomplishment provides us with a stronger foundation to stand on as we continue to attract the best talents, collaborate with the best partners globally and produce the best graduates who will take their place of pride as leaders in the global community.

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