Taylor’s University was formally awarded its overall QS 4-Stars, at the 12th annual QS-APPLE conference in Putrajaya. The university was also recognised for getting the maximum of QS-5 stars in five of the eight categories assessed.
Professor Michael Driscoll, the Vice–Chancellor of Taylor’s University, formally received the QS-Stars Award from Mandy Mok, the Director of QS-Asia, at the recent 12th QS-APPLE Asia-Pacific conference at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).
QS is a globally recognised organisation based in London (UK), that is not only known for its QS World University Rankings but also for its QS Stars University Ratings. However, there is significant difference between the two systems.
The QS Stars is a rating system which allows prospective students and their parents to get a wider picture of an institution’s qualities, looking at everything from the employability of graduates, to sports facilities and community engagement. It is designed to reflect the nuanced mission of universities, and the needs of students who may be interested in things other than those to which traditional rankings are necessarily limited.
The QS Stars audit evaluates an institution against 50 different indicators, and awards universities between one and five + stars over eight fields, as well as giving an overall institutional rating. Universities that have received QS 5-Stars+ include the University of New South Wales (Australia), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and the University of Glasgow (UK). Those with QS-5 Stars include RMIT (Australia), University of Liverpool (UK) and Singapore Management University.
Some of the other QS 4-Star institutions include the University of Hull (UK), Shanghai University (China) and the University of Monterrey (Mexico). Taylor’s University received the maximum of 5-Stars in five of the categories including employability, internationalisation, teaching, facilities and inclusiveness. Professor Perry Hobson, the PVC for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University, said that this was “a significant achievement for such a relatively young university, and spoke volumes about how far the University has come in such a short time”.
Taylor’s University is also internationally ranked in the QS World University Rankings, and was placed at #179 in the 2016 QS University Rankings: Asia which also puts Taylor’s University as #29 of all ranked universities in South-East Asia, at #9 in Malaysia and the #1 non-government linked private university in the country.