Enschede, Netherlands, 16-5-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Universities from all over the world are compared with one another in international rankings. These rankings, though they are important when international students are choosing a course of study, provide little information about a university’s education and facilities. This is why the QS World University Rankings has developed a supplement: QS Stars. Participating universities are assessed for, among other things, the quality of their education, internationalization, innovation and study environment. Out of a maximum score of five+ stars, the University of Twente earned five stars.
QS Stars is a supplement to the existing QS World University Rankings. As well as a position in the rankings, an extra assessment of participating universities is visible in the form of a number of stars. The assessment of the participating institutions concerns eight aspects: research, education, facilities, internationalization, innovation, the way in which the institution prepares students for the job market, the degree to which the institution is accessible for students with a physical handicap or few financial resources and the institution’s degree of excellence within a given subject area. The University of Twente scored a maximum of five points in the fields of education, research, internationalization, facilities and innovation.
PROSPECTIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Prospective international students frequently use rankings when choosing a university. These rankings mainly focus on the reputation of universities and the research conducted. They provide people looking for the right university little information about the quality of the education or the facilities. QS Stars is an attempt to bridge that gap by including such factors as quality of education, internationalization and facilities in the assessment.
The University of Twente is the first Dutch university to participate in the QS Stars rankings. Prof. dr. Ed Brinksma, Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente, says: “Our institution is always on the lookout for innovative ways of effectively presenting our university and its range of educational programmes. Participation in the QS Stars rankings is in keeping with our more focused strategy in which internationalization is an important spearhead. By participating we are giving international pupils and students searching for the right programme a much better idea of what they can expect of our university.”
QS Stars awarded the University of Twente five stars. This means the university is on a par with such universities as Harvard and Yale. At the moment 150 universities in more than 35 countries participate in the QS Stars ratings.