HEA Chief Executive comments on today's QS World University Rankings

Published on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 12:36
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

On today's launch of the QS World University Rankings, Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy, comments:

"As prospective students make their decisions about where, and what to study, tables like the QS World University Rankings can provide a vital source of independent information to help learners through this most complex of decisions.

"Higher education is a truly global industry, and the opportunities for students to study in countries other than where they were born have never been greater. The information provided today will help students all over the world to make better informed decisions about where, and what, to study.

"The 'pillars' used to identify academic excellence in the QS rankings: teaching; employability; research, and international outlook, are all vital indicators for students, and themes which we at the HEA see as priority areas that will lead to the best learning experience that students can have. Students go to university first and foremost to learn, and while this survey uses the staff : student ratio as a measure of commitment to teaching, I strongly urge potential students to look for other examples of the quality of the teaching they can expect from their chosen institution. In the UK, for example, the sector-owned UK Professional Standards Framework accredits higher education teachers who have demonstrated clear evidence of the quality of their teaching.

"I have no doubt that our students of tomorrow are already thinking about what and how they will be taught, and how their higher education will impact on their future career choices. As champions of the student learning experience, the HEA works with higher education providers across the UK to help ensure our students can benefit from the best possible learning and teaching and I welcome the independent advice that surveys like this can offer."

Source: ©HEA

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