Each year in September, Qacquarelli Symonds Ltd. (QS) publishes the QS World University Rankings – a list containing the top 700 universities in the world. Likewise, ranking lists of academic fields and ranking lists of subjects are being published each year in April-June containing the top 200 universities in the world.
The ranking list is based on six indicators:
- Academic reputation – weight 40%
- Citations per faculty – weight 20%
- Faculty student ratio – weight 20%
- Employer reputation – weight 10%
- Number of international students – weight 5%
- Number of international faculty members – weight 5%
Rankings by faculty area:
- Engineering & Technology
- Life Sciences & Medicine
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Arts & Humanities
Rankings by subject:
- Electrical Engineering
- Communication & Media Studies
- Environmental Sciences
- Linguistics etc.
On the QS ranking lists for faculty areas and subjects, the reputation indicator is extremely important and is worth up to 100%.
Rankings by faculty area and subject measure the university’s reputation among researchers and employers, as well as citations and H-index. The four indicators, however, are not equal in worth.
Aalborg University is present on both QS World University Rankings and the ranking lists by subject and academic field.
The ranking list was first published in 2004. The bibliometric data is extracted from SciVerse Scopus (Elsevier).