About QS

About QS 2017-06-25T14:38:36+00:00

QS is a leading, global higher-education company, with over 250 employees across five continents, speaking over 40 languages.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is best known for publishing the QS World University Rankings – the world’s most popular educational ranking system. But QS does much more and helps 10s of millions of prospective students and working professionals to make the right educational choices and to develop the skills to succeed in their career and life.

QS inspires successful futures of motivated people around the world.

Our mission

QS is dedicated to the higher education world, helping students everywhere to achieve their potential.

Our mission statement supports who we are as a company:

“To enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfill their potential through; educational achievement, international mobility and career development.”

Our values

Passion – we believe education changes lives
Integrity – the transparency of our approach ensures we are trusted
Innovation – our innovative solutions helped us to become market leaders
Empowerment – we empower candidates and institutions to reach their potential
Diversity – our sensitivity to cultural diversity stands us apart
Collaboration – we collaborate with all our stakeholders to deliver success

Our history

QS was founded by Cambridge MA and Wharton MBA, Nunzio Quacquarelli, in 1990. During its 27 year history, the company has blazed a trail in the fast-developing area of university internationalization and comparability.

QS has innovated with:

  • The first university rankings aimed at students
  • The first global education recruitment tours
  • The first global higher education portals
Read our full history

Company Structure

Charity and Corporate Responsibility

For a great many years, QS has funded scholarships for high potential students around the world to study at some of the best universities and business schools. These Scholarships areprovided through QS Education Trust, a non-profit organisation, which is funded by delegates attending QS conferences – QS-APPLE in Asia, QS-MAPLE in the Middle East, Edudata in London

Over 200 young people have benefited from awards to support their international study at top universities and business schools including Stanford University, The Wharton School, London Business School, IE Business School, National University of Singapore, University of Chicago, Fudan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Melbourne, and many more top institutions.”

QS Scholarships are meritocratic and reward demonstrated leadership, community contribution or academic achievement. In addition many institutions offer exclusive scholarships to event attendees of QS tours. Over $1.7m of exclusive scholarships are available to tour attendees and a further $7m of non-exclusive scholarships are made available.