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Coming Soon: QS World University Content by Region 2018

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If the publication of the QS World University Content® 2018 earlier this year wasn’t enough to satisfy your craving for ranked lists of universities, we’ve got a treat for you. On October 17, four new regional rankings will be published on, allowing you to discover the best universities in Latin America, Asia, Emerging Europe & Central Asia, and the Arab Region.

Using a different methodology to the world rankings published in June, these new rankings will provide greater insight into how the universities in each of these fast-growing regions are performing. Each ranking has been developed in consultation with experts based in the relevant region to ensure we give the most accurate picture possible of universities which are perhaps traditionally overlooked by some in favor of focusing on American, British and western European institutions.


This year, the QS Asia University Content will feature more than 400 universities from 17 different locations. 10 different indicators have been used to assess institutions, including the proportion of academic staff qualified to PhD level and the proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students at the university. Last year, the National University of Singapore was named the best in Asia, but how will it do this year?

Latin America

The QS Latin America University Content is often dominated by Brazilian institutions, with 89 different universities from the country featured in last year’s ranking. Will there be as many included this year, and will Universidade de São Paulo still be the best university in the region?

Arab Region

QS has been ranking universities in this region of the world since 2014 and this year’s QS Arab Region University Content is set to be the biggest one yet. 100 universities have made it into the final ranking for the year, but who will be number one? Last year, the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals took the top spot but it will face stiff competition this year. Eight different indicators have been used to rank this region’s universities, including the number of academic papers published per faculty member.

Emerging Europe & Central Asia

Although the final of the four rankings to be published this month is not a region which traditionally receives much attention, the QS EECA University Content 2018 is a vital way of tracking the development of higher education in this part of the world. Set to feature the top 300 universities in the region, this year’s ranking was constructed using eight different indicators, including the university’s online presence and the proportion of academic staff members qualified to a PhD level.

All four rankings will be published on October 17, along with detailed information about the methodology behind each ranking and a downloadable supplement exploring the results in more detail.

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Written by Craig OCallaghan
As editor of, Craig oversees the site's editorial content and network of student contributors. He also plays a key editorial role in the publication of several guides and reports, including the QS Top Grad School Guide.

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