This FACT indicates the median rating of all Australian capital city universities combined according to the QS World University Ranking system from the year 2018. The QS World University Rankings is an annual release of the world’s top 700 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds, and has been calculated since 2004. It employs a combination of both qualitative and quantitative indicators covering four key areas of concern for students: research, employability, teaching and internationalization. The research currently considers over 2,000 universities, which are ranked according to their score out of 100 across all categories: the top 400 are ranked individually, while those placed 401 and below are ranked in groups.
Specifically, the rankings are compiled using the following six weighted indicators: Academic reputation (40%) Employer reputation (10%) Faculty/student ratio (20%) Citations per faculty (20%) International faculty ratio (5%), international student ratio (5%) and reputational rankings by faculty area. According to the 2018 rankings, Canberra is placed the highest of its Australian counterparts at 24, with a score of 84.4. Darwin is ranked the lowest, within the group 651-700, with no score visible.