QS World University Rankings 2019: Student-Instructor Ratio Continues to Be Good

In this year’s QS World University Rankings, the University of Zurich has moved down five places and is now ranked 78th of around 1000 higher education institutions assessed.

UZH with Best Student-Instructor Ratio in Switzerland

UZH again ranked particularly well in terms of student-instructor ratio, with the same high ranking as last year (45). For UZH as the largest university in Switzerland, this is an excellent ranking both on the national and international stage: It has by far the best ranking of all Swiss universities in this area.

Proportion of International Teaching Staff Good

UZH also performed very well with its number of international teaching staff, in place 46 of the rankings, but most other Swiss universities also performed well in this area, even further ahead than UZH. With the proportion of international students, UZH climbed seven places this year. Other Swiss universities are however still further ahead in direct comparison.

The only negative result this year was in the area of Academic Reputation, which is the most heavily weighted indicator of the ranking at 40%. Here, in comparison to the previous year, UZH slipped five places. A positive result, however, was achieved in the Employer Reputation indicator, where UZH climbed four places. Unfortunately the weighting of this indicator is only 10%, meaning it didn’t make up for the loss of points in the Academic Reputation indicator.

The QS World University Ranking

The annual QS Rankings are based on an assessment of data collected for over 950 universities worldwide. Reputational surveys among employers and academic peers account for a large part of the overall score. Another key factor is the evaluation of bibliometric data from the SCOPUS database. The QS World University Rankings are composed of six indicators with different weightings.