A presentation from the 2015 Sydney conference, hosted by Ben Sowter, Head of Division, QS Intelligence Unit.

The presentation was titled around ‘Locus Pocus: The magic of place in global university rankings’. 

Ben examined the influence of place, both on the various global university rankings and on the broader decisions that university rankings have principally emerged to inform. The location of an institution frequently rivals the ranking of an institution in research looking at student motivations for choosing a university, but how closely related are these factors in reality?

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2015 Sydney Conference Presentation: Ben Sowter - Locus Pocus: The magic of place in university ranking

Ben joined QS in 2002 and now leads the QS Intelligence Unit, the business intelligence arm of QS. Ben helped establish the QS Intelligence Unit in 2008, following the early success of the QS World University Rankings®. The division is now responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects, including the QS World University Rankings® and a variety of spin-offs by region and subject.

Ben has spoken on his research in over 20 countries. He has personally visited over 35 of the world’s top 100 universities amongst countless others and is a regular and sought after speaker on the conference circuit.

The QS Intelligence Unit – QS’s research and professional services division – provides universities across the world with bespoke comparative performance analysis according to metrics central to each institution’s mission: teaching, research impact, reputational standing, student employability, and internationalization. 

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