University Rankings

University rankings

University ranking is a real thing. The ranking of a foreign college or university depends on several critical factors including the quality of education, campus diversity, student-teacher ratio, placement options, international exposure, etc. In other words, the ranking of a university is like a brand image that makes it a popular choice to study.

Find the global ranking of your university

Every student, if given a chance, may want to go to Harvard or a similar Ivy League college to study. How do you think these colleges gained such immense popularity and everyone wants to be a part of the institution?
The answer lies in the years of contribution, a college made to produce excellent students who went on to become recognized around the world. Not all colleges have such a story but often they are considered a renowned global study centre because of the teaching faculty, numerous research, and developmental programs they participate in, unique scholarship programs, implementing niche study curriculum, etc.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The influencing factors under this ranking system include:







Industry connections


International outlook


QS World University Rankings

According to the QS ranking system, the following factors are considered:

A University's reputation among other universities




Student-Teacher ratio


Citations-Academic staff ratio


International outlook


Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The ARWU is also known as the Shanghai Ranking and considers the following factors:

Citation indices of articles


Articles in the journals in Nature or Science


Highly cited scientists (among the top 1%)


Whether an alumnus/alumna of the university is a Nobel laureate


Receipt of a Nobel prize or a Fields Medal while working with a university


Ratio of the above achievements to number of academic staff


The ARWU is beneficial for students opting for research or doctoral degrees.

CWTS Leiden Ranking

The Leiden Ranking stands for a multidimensional perspective on university performance. Represented by the P indicator with two other indicators: the P(top 10%) indicator and the PP(top 10%) indicators. These indicators show, respectively, the absolute number of highly cited publications of a university and a university's percentage of highly cited publications. Users can then rank universities based on these indicators.
According to the Leiden Ranking philosophy, users of the ranking must choose the indicators as the most relevant for their purpose. In other words, as per CWTS Leiden Ranking, universities are ranked based on bibliometric statistics that show citation impact and scientific collaboration. The Leiden Ranking presents a variety of indicators for you to explore the performance of universities from different angles.

The Webometrics Ranking

As the name suggests, the Webometrics Ranking system uses the web presence, digital access, and visibility as determining factors for a university to be ranked globally.
Note that each university ranking table has been developed using their ranking system and there are differences across each of the ranking tables.

How can you use university rankings to shortlist universities?

Based on the university ranking system you can shortlist schools and universities based on country/region, course/program, and your preferred subject.
For example, a management student can look for universities that rank higher in their preferred field of study since it is also possible that a highly ranked university globally may not be the best in its department of management. Let's dive deeper based on the university ranking to understand aspects like faculties, teaching methodologies, modules offered, curriculum, campus life, culture, and sustainability.

Are university rankings important?

Rankings help a student sort their options and help them find good colleges that they may not be previously aware of. Since university rankings are listed based on known factors according to a student's preference it helps to understand one's choice in-depth and make a well-informed decision.
Book an appointment with your nearest Solitaire Management inc. office and meet with our international education specialists. Our team has years of experience and knowledge of a matching system that contains all the latest information on our partner institutions, including high schools, English language schools, vocational colleges, and universities.