QS Ranking 2022: Plan your next steps after IGCSE to the Top Global Universities

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The QS ranking 2022 has been released and the top 100 universities in the world have been revealed for the year 2022. The ranking every year does not usually change much. Find out how you can use these rankings to determine your next move after IGCSEs. 

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Top 15 universities in QS Ranking 2022


According to QS Ranking 2022, here are the top 15 universities: 

  1. MIT
  2. University of Oxford
  3. Stanford
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. Harvard
  6. California Institute of Technology
  7. Imperial College London
  8. ETH Zurich 
  9. UCL
  10. University of Chicago
  11. National University of Singapore
  12. National Technological Singapore
  13. University of Pennsylvania 
  14. EPFL
  15. Yale 


About QS Ranking 

How is QS Ranking done? 

The QS Ranking system considers various factors and these factors contribute to a percentage towards the institution’s final score. These factors include:


Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty-Student ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio  5%
International Student Ratio  5%


What should you be doing after IGCSE?

How is looking at the top universities going to help you decide what’s next after IGCSE? 

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1 – Identifying what are the factors that are important to you

There are 6 main factors to how they score universities in the QS Ranking 2022. Find out which of these factors are the most important to you. Are you concerned about the academic reputation of the school? Look up the school’s research and facilities. Thinking about the employability of the university after graduation? Focus on employee reputation to find out more. Though these 6 key factors cannot help you to find the school for you, it can definitely help you to narrow the list down. 


If you are researching more about the school, you might want to check out the list of courses they offer. Check if they are offering the course that you are looking for as not all universities have all the courses. 


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2 – Check for national rankings  

Find out how your local universities are faring on this QS Ranking 2022 to see if you can consider enrolling in a school within your area. Else, if you are considering taking your studies abroad, take a look at their rankings internationally to have a better idea. 


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3 – Your interests and choice

There is no doubt that you have to think about what you are intending to pursue in the future. This is surely more important than going into the top universities. If you are sure about what you want to study, research the schools’ resources as to whether they are able to offer you the best quality of education for your course there.  We suggest that you look for students currently studying in the universities from your preferred course to find out more. There are forums and pages that certainly can help you to find out more about the university you are looking at. 


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4 – Campus life

What kind of campus life are you looking for? Will you be staying abroad? Does the university offer an in-house dorm? This will also help you to eliminate universities that do not fit into your preferences and interests. 


Campus life can mean a lot for an individual if one is looking to involve themselves heavily in clubs and societies. If you are keen to have more options in the clubs and society area, be sure to keep a lookout for the school’s clubs. 


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5 – Budget and expenses

Universities are costly as we all know, hence, it is important that you consider the tuition fees and your expenses if you are traveling abroad. You will have to plan ahead if you know you will be exhausting a huge amount of money. You will need to keep a lookout for jobs around the area or even scholarships that you can grab. Therefore, it is smart to plan early and have a better idea of how things will go in the future if you decide to continue your passion and interests. 


After narrowing down your university choices, you will be able to have a clearer view of what you can focus on after IGCSE. You will be able to work on specific projects and opportunities that can land you in your dream college. Not only so, but you can also have a glimpse of what you can anticipate in your college life. 


Why is it important to start planning early? 

The next steps after your IGCSE can be heavily influenced by your dream school and course. With a clear idea and goal in mind, you will be able to work in that direction. 


You will be able to take up specific opportunities and projects that would look good on your portfolio for the university to take you in. Additionally, you will also be able to focus on the subjects that you need and are required for the course in that university. Both of which will be incredible on your portfolio and transcripts. 


“Preparation is half the victory” – Miguel de Cervantes
Starting your college planning early can be helpful and give you many opportunities and options to consider in the future. There certainly isn’t any harm to starting early! 


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