Virginia Tech named in top 10 percent on list of world’s best universities


BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) – Virginia Tech was named in the top 10 percent of universities in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds, (QS) World University Rankings, which were released Tuesday.

Virginia Tech rose from 355 to 338 among 3,500 schools. The rankings are based on survey responses by faculty throughout the world, but respondents are asked to evaluate only universities in their region.

Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was ranked 45 in the world for the second year in a row and third year in the top 50.

Additionally, U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Virginia Tech as an institution that will appeal to students “who plan to enroll in universities outside of their own country.”

The QS World University Rankings said it provides resources for prospective students worldwide looking for the most prestigious and influential institutions in their chosen subject of study.

The methodology, as listed on the QS World University Rankings’ website, consists of six indicators that assess universities in four areas: research, teaching, employability, and internationalization. Four of the indicators are based on “hard” data, and the remaining two are based on major global surveys – one of academics and another of employers – each the largest of their kind. The indicators include:

Academic reputation (40 percent)
Employer reputation (10 percent)
Student-to-faculty ratio (20 percent)
Citations per faculty (20 percent)
International faculty ratio (5 percent)
International student ratio (5 percent)

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