About QS

About QS 2017-10-04T10:26:06+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 tens 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. We inspire 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 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.

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Company Structure

A passionate innovator in the higher education intelligence, research, and services, QS has innovated with the first World University Rankings serving the student, the first global education recruitment tours, and the first global higher education portals.

Student Recruitment Tours

“QS has always believed that face-to-face meetings are an important part of the student decision-making process,” says  QS’ CEO, Nunzio Quacquarelli. “Therefore, we run over 350 events in 57 countries that connect students with the best universities and business schools. QS World MBA Tour, QS World GradSchool Tour and QS World University Tour are some of our events taking place around the world.

We also stage Women in Leadership forums and provide one-to-one interviews for candidates with universities and business schools.

Networking Conferences

For University professionals QS runs Conferences around the world to enable University professionals to network and learn best practices in the fields of University Leadership, Internationalisation, partnerships & mobility, Summer Schools, Subject-specialist conferences. Our main conferences are :

  • QS-APPLE and QS-MAPLE which put emphasis on partnerships, internationalization and performance improvement.
  • QS Edu Data Summit is for strategic planners to identify best practices.
  • Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Conference has become the ‘Oscars of Higher Education’ providing global awards for the most innovative pedagogies in learning, teaching and nurturing employability.”

Student Recruitment Online Portals

QS has the world’s leading higher education platforms with topuniversities.com, qsleap.com, and topmba.com – with over 60 million visitors per annum. Innovations include matching tools for university candidates to identify the best universities and/or course option for them using our specialised Intelligence Unit and data research platforms. We are progressively introducing more and more accurate support for the students’ search.

Intelligence Unit

QS is the leading specialist research house in higher education, producing primary research in Bachelors, Masters, MBA, and Ph.D. programs across 120 nations. QS collects data from and provides services to thousands of universities and Colleges and Employers around the world.

Technology Unit

QS understands the modern higher education needs technology support to provide world-class service. QS provides software as a service to enable universities to operate to world class standards in the fields of international student exchange, partnerships and internationalization.


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 are provided through QS Education Trust, a non-profit organization, 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.