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QS Quacquarelli Symonds is a leading global higher education company, with over 250 employees across 5 continents speaking over 25 languages.

QS is best known for publishing the QS World University Rankings – one of the world’s most popular university ranking systems.

But for QS, the mission doesn’t stop at data and research…

Every year, the company helps tens of millions of prospective students and working professionals make the right educational choices and to develop the skills to succeed in their career and life.

This is achieved by hosting 350+ global events, as well as offering various products, services and platforms aimed at linking students around the world (Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, MBA, and executive-level) with the educational institution best fitted to them.

QS is dedicated to a brighter future for the higher education world, helping students everywhere achieve their potential. Our mission statement supports who we are as a company…

Our Mission

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

This is exemplified and translated by our team and their values. Our annual meetings illustrate the continued work that goes into our contribution towards developing higher education and ensuring sustainability.

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.

Read our full history

Company Structure

A passionate innovator in higher education intelligence, research, and services, QS invented…
– the first World University Rankings serving the student
– the first global education recruitment tours
– the first global higher education portals

World University Rankings

QS’s university rankings serve as an analysis of the world’s top ranked universities by subject, region and age of institution, while our MBA rankings explore the best business school qualifications worldwide.

Read More Here.

Student Recruitment Tours

QS has always believed that face-to-face meetings are an important part of the student decision-making process. Therefore, we run over 350 events in 57 countries that connect students with the best universities and business schools. Some of these include:
QS World MBA Tour
QS World GradSchool Tour
QS World University Tour 

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

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 annually. 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.

Networking Conferences

For University professionals QS runs Conferences around the world which enable University professionals to network and learn best practices in the fields of University Leadership, Internationalisation, Partnerships & Mobility, Summer Schools, and topics specific to different subjects.

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.”

Intelligence Unit

QS is the leading specialist research group 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 many years, QS has funded scholarships for high potential students to study at some of the best universities and business schools around the world. 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.

QS Scholarships are meritocratic and reward demonstrated leadership, community contribution and 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.