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QS University Rankings: EECA

QS World University Rankings: EECA 

QS World University Rankings: EECA

The QS University Rankings: EECA is a dedicated ranking of the top universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.

Published for the first time in 2014, this is a pilot version of the ranking with a methodology that has been developed to reflect priorities and challenges for universities in the regions. We welcome any feedback on this pilot version of the ranking.

 

Faculty Staff

Total number of academic faculty staff who are responsible for planning, directing and undertaking academic teaching only, research only or both academic teaching and research within Higher Education Institutions.

We include: vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, principals and deputy principals, professors, heads of school, associate professors, assistant professors, principal lecturers, readers, tutors, researchers, research fellows or postdoctoral researchers who contribute to teaching or research or both at your university for a minimum period of at least three months.

We exclude: research assistants¹, PhD students who contribute to teaching, hospital residents who do not teach and/or undertake research in addition to clinical duties, exchange scholars and visiting faculty staff who are members of a university other than yours.

Off-shore academic faculty staff and staff that hold an academic post but are not active due to retirement or honorary appointment should also be excluded.

(1) The important distinction for us is that staff counted as «research only» should be academically involved in that research and should be likely to publish research outputs. A research assistant, in our understanding, is any individual who is not conducting their own research and is therefore not likely to publish research outputs. Said individual is (only) involved in research in terms of operational execution, such as a lab technician or equipment operator.

 

International Faculty Staff

Number of academic faculty staff who contribute to academic teaching or research or both at your university for a minimum period of at least three months and who are of foreign nationality.

The term «international» is hereby determined by citizenship.

For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even if from another EU state.

In Hong Kong, this includes professors from Mainland China.

Inclusion and exclusion mirrors those for academic faculty staff.

It is important to note that visiting international faculty staff who are of foreign origin but members of a university other than yours should NOT be counted under this category.

In case of dual citizenship, the «deciding» criteria should be «citizenship obtained through birth», basically first passport obtained.

 

Undergraduate Students

Total number of students pursuing a Bachelor»s level or equivalent degree.

This includes programmes designed to provide intermediate academic and/or professional knowledge, skills and competencies leading to a first tertiary degree or equivalent qualification. (UNESCO ISCED-2011 Level 6)

This excludes certificates/diplomas and associate»s degrees.

Please also exclude off-shore students from this count.

 

International Undergraduate Students

Number of undergraduate students who are foreign nationals and who spend at least three months at your university. (This figure is a proportion of the «total number of undergraduate students».)

The term «international» is hereby determined by citizenship.

For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states.

In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China.

In case of dual citizenship, the «deciding» criteria should be «citizenship obtained through birth», basically first passport obtained.

Please exclude all exchange and off-shore students.

As for summer school and/or language students, if they take up a particular (language) course that is outlined as «undergraduate degree program» and the student can earn credits towards their final degree they should be included under «international undergraduate students». Summer school and/or language students who take part in a course not contributing to a degree qualification should be counted under «Total International Students».

Foreign dual degree students can be included under «international undergraduate students» if they fulfil above criteria, spend at least three months at your university, earn credits towards their final degree and have your university»s name written on their diploma.

 

Graduate / Postgraduate Students

Total number of students pursuing a higher-level degree (Master and Doctorate), including both taught and research postgraduates (e.g. PhD students)

For clarity, «graduate» and «postgraduate» are synonyms to embrace all students pursuing Masters, Doctoral or similar degrees such as «Specialist», mainly referring to Eastern European and Central Asian countries. The term «graduate» is more broadly used in US institutions and «postgraduate» in British and European institutions.

Above refers to programmes designed to provide advanced academic and/or professional knowledge, skills and competencies leading to a second tertiary degree or equivalent qualification (UNESCO ISCED-2011 Level 7) and programmes designed primarily to lead to an advanced research qualification, usually concluding with the submission and defence of a substantive dissertation of publishable quality based on original research. (UNESCO ISCED-2011 Level 8)

 

International Graduate / Postgraduate Students

Number of graduate / postgraduate students who are foreign nationals and who spend at least three months at your university. (This figure is a proportion of the «total number of graduate/postgraduate students».)

The term «international» is hereby determined by citizenship.

For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states.

In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China.

In case of dual citizenship, the «deciding» criteria should be «citizenship obtained through birth», basically first passport obtained.

Please exclude all exchange and off-shore students.

As for summer school and/or language students, if they take up a particular (language) course that is outlined as «postgraduate degree program» and the student can earn credits towards their final degree, they should be included under «international postgraduate students». Summer school and/or language students who take part in a course not contributing to a degree qualification should be counted under «Total International Students». 

Foreign dual degree students can be included under «international graduate/postgraduate students» if they fulfil above criteria, spend at least three months at your university, earn credits towards their final degree and have your university»s name written on their diploma.