Out now: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 is here. Featuring more subjects than ever before (46 to be precise), this year’s ranking is the largest of its kind. If you know what you’d like to study but haven’t decided on a university yet, you literally don’t need to go anywhere else.

Four new subjects make their debut in this year’s ranking: anatomy & physiology, hospitality & leisure management, sports-related subjects and theology, divinity & religious studies. As well as adding new subjects, many of this year’s ranking tables have also been expanded to include even more universities than ever before.

This year, the subject ranking also incorporates rankings for five different broad subject areas: arts & humanities, engineering & technology, life sciences & medicine, natural sciences and social sciences & management.

Published annually since 2011, the QS World University Rankings by Subject aims to highlight the world’s top-performing institutions in a broad spectrum of individual academic areas and help prospective students identify leading universities in their chosen field of study.

Leading the way in this year’s rankings are several familiar faces from the world of heavyweight academia. Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) both dominate with 15 and 12 number one rankings respectively across the 46 subjects. The only other university to top more than one subject ranking is the University of Oxford.

Four other UK universities are ranked best in the world in a specific subject, including Loughborough University which is ranked the joint-best university for sports-related subjects. The University of Sussex also enjoys best-in-the-world status, having overtaken Harvard University to be ranked number one for development studies.

It’s not all about coming first though, something the University of Cambridge proves this year. No other institution in the world ranks in the top 10 for as many subjects as the British university. Other universities to feature in the most top 10s are the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oxford and Stanford University.

All of this year’s results are presented in interactive online tables, which can be filtered by location and by performance indicator. To explore the results on your mobile device, download the free QS World University Rankings app, which is available for iPhone and Android. For more in-depth analysis, download our dedicated online supplement.

Source : www.topuniversities.com

5 Ways to Future-Proof Your Career

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Demographic changes, the onset of digital transformation and rapid advances in technology have changed how consumers shop, businesses operate and people work.

 From news reporters to flight attendants, jobs are evolving faster than ever before, while thousands of new professions get listed on LinkedIn every day. Whatever your occupation, your job description won’t be exactly the same in two, five, ten years. And that’s okay. But you need to be prepared, to make sure you don’t get left behind. Read on for five ways to future-proof your career.

1. Choose a growing sector

Keep your eyes fixed on the bigger picture, to ensure you will still have a part to play in your industry and the wider world in the years to come. Is your industry responding to modern issues? Is it driving meaningful change? What are some of the biggest challenges it faces, and is your organization headed in the right direction?

According to a survey conducted last year by Canadian jobs website Workopolis.com, the sectors with the biggest increase in hiring include high tech, healthcare and data analytics. Among the most in-demand CV boosters, Workopolis lists IT skills such as software and app development; customer relationship management (CRM); knowledge of HTML, Unix and JavaScript; and User Experience (UX) Design.

Meanwhile, according to US jobs website Monster.com, emerging professions set for continued growth says growing professions include cyber security managers, data specialists in healthcare, video game designers, social media executives, and green-collar jobs in wind farm or solar thermal engineering.

2. Be a digital native

From GP consultations to ordering a coffee, more interactions and transactions are being completed online and on-demand, thanks to the onward march of digital technologies. To future-proof your career it’s important to stay up to date with the latest digital strategies and tools. The mobile web, social media, sponsored content, social monitoring – these are just some of the (fairly) new digital media trends you need to know back to front.

Many ongoing workplace and industry changes will be caused by the impact of high tech on companies’ operations and processes, as they seek to become leaner, more efficient and global. Mastery of Microsoft Office is old hat – you need to know how to build a social following, analyze big data, code and program. There are many courses, online and/or part-time, that can help you grow those in-demand tech skills. Ask your HR department or manager to sponsor you in a tech training course, or if this is something you’re really keen to invest in, consider a full postgraduate qualification.

3. Consider going solo

As workplaces and industries continue to evolve towards more agile and flexible operations, being able and willing to go freelance is another way to future-proof your career. Freelance work has experienced a significant growth in popularity over the past few years, and self-employed professionals are expected to continue to grow in number. This pathway is especially appealing to many in the current generation, who are often used to working outside of the ‘9 to 5’ norm, and who like the idea of setting up for themselves, with greater control over their schedule and work-life balance.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in three workers in the US were already earning income from work outside of the ‘9 to 5’ model in 2014, with as many as 15 million workers self-employed. According to the same report, the professions with the highest levels of expected growth in freelance work included personal care aides, management analysts, accountants, auditors and childcare workers.

4. Embrace change

The new generation of workers is largely rejecting the idea of settling into a job, punching a time card and expecting to be rewarded for the years put in – instead embracing change and job-hopping their way into new challenges and fulfilling roles.

A 2014 study published by the Harvard Business Review confirmed that today’s typical executive profile has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. Leaders in the top 10 roles of all the Fortune 100 companies in 1980 were for the most part ‘lifers’ – executives who had spent 20, 30 years working for the same company. The number of lifers in top executive roles today has steeply declined. The road to the top, as the Economist puts it, is ‘bumpy’, but the single biggest differentiator remains your higher education level. According to the same 2014 study, in fact, more than a third of the top 10 executives in Fortune 100 companies had an Ivy League MBA.

Outside of formal education, those with a readiness to continue learning and developing new skills are most likely to stay ahead in today’s change-driven workplaces. Never stop asking questions or seeking out new knowledge, and be wary of your comfort zone!

5. Level-up

A specialized master’s degree (in the right sector) could boost your career prospects for years to come, giving you access to roles at the companies you’d really love to work for. Depending on your field, investing in up-skilling in a growing field could help you gain job security, future-proof your career and increase your earning potential.

According to the latest figures from the US’s National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), engineering graduates are forecast to be the highest earners at master’s degree level, followed by those specializing in computer science and business.

Master’s degree
2016 average salary (US$)
2015 average salary (US$)
Engineering
$73,871
$69,698
Computer Science
$72,080
$71,140
Business
$71,663
$67,890
Math & Sciences
$67,891
$64,465
Communications
$55,727
$59,130
Social Sciences
$52,333
$54,816

Future-proof your career with a postgraduate degree

Ready to up-skill? Join fellow students and professionals at an upcoming QS World Grad School Tourevent in a city near you. This is your opportunity to meet representatives of leading universities and graduate schools from around the world, discuss emerging specializations and career paths, and get answers to all your questions about further study. You’ll also have the chance to attend free seminars, get a complimentary copy of the QS Top Grad School Guide, and apply for exclusive scholarships.

Source :  www.topuniversities.com

Leaving Home to Study Abroad: An Emotional Guide

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Leaving home to study abroad is not like going for a college field trip or a sleepover at your best friend’s. You will be gone for a considerable period and it should not make you paranoid to see your family members getting emotional time and again as the date of your departure nears.

Similarly, you must keep your cool when close and distant relatives (who maybe have no real influence in your life) start sermonizing on the dos and don’ts of the new place even when they’ve never left their own city, let alone the country! In the part of the world I come from, you will receive their advice again and again… and again, till they see you off at the airport. (Beware; they may well call you and continue preaching even after you arrive.)

Although you will probably be overwhelmed with excitement at the prospect of starting a new chapter in your life, it’s also natural to feel emotional about leaving home to study abroad. There’s no harm in being sentimental, but you don’t want to spend your last few days or weeks getting irritated with those around you, or feeling sad at the prospect of being far away from family and old friends.

Here are my tips to guide you through this emotional phase:

1. Listen!

Whatever those around you are telling you, listen. Yes, you read it correct: listen to them. Make them feel satisfied, as it is their love for you that is forcing them to act weirdly. They care about you and want you to be safe. This doesn’t mean you have to actually act on their advice, but it does mean you should respect it.

2. Spend time with friends & family

While you will make new friends when you study abroad and have loads of new activities to keep you busy, nostalgia will one way or another bother you. Collect as many good memories as possible. Spend time with your loved ones and cherish all the memories; in those times when you feel homesick and unable to concentrate on anything, they might lift you up.

3. Remember they are rooting for you

You may be struggling leaving home to study abroad; you have a room to keep clean, assignments to complete, laundry to do, maybe a part-time job to manage your little expenses, and when you are done doing all that you have to prepare your meal. Sounds devastating, but this is what gives you invaluable life experience. Enjoy it and know that your friends and family are rooting for you.

They trust in you and believe you have the potential to make it big. One of my cousins wrote to me when I told him about my departure: “I am sure you are excited, nervous and perhaps even a little weary all at the same time which is entirely natural – just be positive and remindful that we’re all rooting for you and that things will always fall into place.” This is my advice to you. You can choose to ignore it if you like!

4. Have fun & take care of yourself

You are in a new place, new environment, and a different culture. Enjoy every bit of it; this time might never come back. But you have to be responsible as well. Even if you are not following the instructions of your family and friends, you must take care of yourself in the best possible way. You are not a kid anymore so make all the decisions carefully and make your experience worth remembering.

Last but not the least; never forget those who care for you when leaving home. Keep in touch while you study abroad. Even an email once in a few weeks/months can suffice.

Source: www.topuniversities.com

Career Skills From Study Abroad

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Over the last two months, students across the country have been completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees. As many students graduate and search for jobs, it is important to reflect on experiences in school and the skills acquired that are applicable to potential employment opportunities. Studying abroad is an experience that students acquire a wide range of skill that are useful to the job market. Here is a list of a few skills to consider that may be relevant to place on your resume:

Cultural Adaptability

Many employers today realize that they work and serve people with various mid-sets, beliefs, and expectations based on their cultural background. Students who go abroad and become aware of cultural differences and expectations, and learn to easily adjust their own cultural norms and expectations to be able to function with daily tasks in different settings. How people approach cultural differences affects how an organization operates within their policies, procedures, and how business is accomplished. Whether in an entry level or managerial position, this can be a helpful skill to avoid many misunderstandings, frustrations or stress.

Intercultural Communication

A skill that ways goes hand in hand with cultural adaptability is intercultural communication, or sometimes called cross-cultural communication. This is an important skill to have, especially if you are looking for employment that involves communicating to people from different cultures and languages. Intercultural communication is awareness of how people communicate and interact and the role of culture in communication. Studying abroad expos3es students to the nuances of communication in a specific culture or country and how people receive information.

Language Skills

Learning a language abroad is a common objective for students and can be a part of their degree studies. Knowing another language can be helpful as a diverse skill set that can be applicable to communicating to people who may not use English as their first language.

Independence/Self-reliance

Studying abroad exposes students to a degree of independence and the ability to navigate long processes and solve problems. This sense of self-reliance is a good source of confidence and can help in both professional and personal pursuits.

Global Consciousness

Today, the world is becoming more and more globalized, and students to spend more time abroad are able to gain a wider perspective of the world operates. The increase of global communication and technology exposes more organizations to people that vary in global perspectives. Global consciousness is applicable to your professional life and can help you and your organization develop a greater appreciation for global politics, economics, education, and societal issues.

Country/Regional Skills 

Familiarity of a specific country or region is a useful skill to have for many employment opportunities. The knowledge acquired from study abroad exposes students to cultural and language skills that are unique to a region or country, whether or not that place is part of your academic focus.

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5 Ways to Use University Rankings

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This may sound like an unnecessary topic to cover – but making effective use of university rankings is perhaps not as simple as you might think. Millions of students (and parents) consult university rankings each year as part of their search for the right institution. But how do they apply this information to their own circumstances, and what types of problem are rankings best-placed to help with?

In March this year, I joined forces with a colleague from the QS Intelligence Unit to run a survey and a series of focus groups with students in five European cities, most of them preparing to study abroad. We asked them to share their motivations for using university rankings, to explain when and why they consult the tables, and to discuss how rankings could help them find and compare universities that match their ambitions and requirements.

You can read the full results of the project in this short report – but first, here’s a quick user guide to university rankings, based on students’ own experiences.

1. Find leading universities in your chosen subject/country

One of the most common ways to use rankings is as an initial shortlisting tool – a quick way to identifying leading universities in your chosen subject and/or country. For particularly ambitious students, global university rankings make it possible to quickly identify institutions which are well-known across the world, meaning strong employment prospects wherever you choose to seek work. Once you’ve started compiling a shortlist, you can then target your research effectively, finding out more about specific programs, tuition fees and so on.

2. Check an unfamiliar university’s reputation

During your university search, it’s likely that you’ll come across institutions that you’re not very familiar with, or perhaps hadn’t heard of before at all – especially if you’re looking to study internationally. You might find a university offering a program which closely matches your interests, but want to make sure it also has a strong international reputation. In this case, you can go back to the rankings tables to check whether it appears.

However, do remember that the global rankings only able to feature a relatively small percentage of all universities in the world – so just because an institution is missing, this doesn’t mean it’s not good or well-known. Certain types of the university (such as specialized institutions and smaller colleges) are also likely to be excluded from the main global rankings. So seek as many sources of information as you can before dismissing any option!

3. Compare universities overall and by indicator

As well as providing a top-level list, university rankings can also be sorted to show results for each of the performance indicators assessed. The QS World University Rankings®, for example, uses six measures, reflecting academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations, faculty/student ratio, and proportion of international faculty and international students. So rankings can be a useful way to compare universities in greater depth, revealing some of the relative strengths and weaknesses of institutions you’re interested in.

4. Make a final decision between two or more universities

For many of the students we spoke with, rankings were a tool to be consulted throughout the university search – right through to the final decision. While it’s certainly not advisable to choose a university based purely on a ranking, they could be one potential “tie-breaker” if you’re really struggling to make that final choice. Here, rankings are most likely to be useful if you’re choosing between two or more universities which hold very different ranking positions; if it’s a matter of just a few positions, you’ll need to seek differentiation elsewhere – such as in the course content, local area, or by speaking to some current students.

5. Impress your friends – and potential employers

Finally, rankings are of course a great way to impress people! You might want to tone down the boasting during social interactions… but if your university has a strong overall rank or particular strength, this could certainly be used to your advantage when applying for jobs. If a university is at the top of international or national rankings, its reputation should need the little extra explanation from you. But if you’ve chosen to study at a less widely known institution, you might want to highlight any relevant accolades, such as a strong ranking for your own subject area.

For more detailed insights on each of these points – in students’ own words – read the full report. And keep an eye out for next week’s three big rankings releases – the new QS University Rankings for Asia, Latin America, and the Arab region will all be released on 10 June 2015. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and future rankings releases (#QSWUR).

Source: www.topuniversities.com

6 Signs You’re Studying Too Hard for MBA Admissions

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Applying for a place on an MBA or EMBA program is a stressful time for applicants. With GMAT prep to consider, essays to write and MBA interview skills to polish, MBA program hopefuls can be forgiven for neglecting everything from their social lives to their personal hygiene in the run-up to exams.

MBA study is no stroll in the park (something we strongly recommended you do if experiencing any of the below) and requires a great deal of time and commitment. The pressure that comes with GMAT prep and essay writing can result in a few hiccups along the way – so if you’re feeling the heat and are experiencing any off the following issues, it may be time to take a study break!

Lack of sleep

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Remember those mornings when waking up well-rested and carefree was commonplace (and undervalued)? Well, now they are as rare as an introvert on the trading floor.

Sleep is essential to MBA study. And no, we don’t mean procrastinating in bed surrounded by unopened books; we are referring to the age-old mantra that humans need eight hours’ sleep to function properly for the day ahead.

“Brain recall becomes stronger after sleep, and information becomes easier to access. Sleep is fundamental, as it allows memories to consolidate. It’s a good idea to learn something just before going to bed, and then let your brain do the work,” says Sergio Della Sala, professor of human cognitive neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, in an interview with The Guardian.

Unfortunately, the stress of exams and MBA interviews can result in difficulty sleeping for candidates. Long days turn into long nights and the luxury of a full night’s sleep can quickly become a thing of the past. Try to get some rest by listening to verbose radio plays or watching nature documentaries before bed: these both relax the mind by making you concentrate on something different when you’re tired. Who better to be serenaded to sleep by than Sir David Attenborough?

You become a social bore

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Surprisingly, nobody especially wants to hear about verbal reasoning tests and analytical writing over a few beers at your local. GMAT prep is only ever interesting to those sitting the tests. To everyone else, it is merely jargon, or an unusually complex and mundane weather report that requires a huge amount of concentration too (willingly) take in.

Common topics of conversation such as the latest political gripe or the weekend’s football scores are no longer a priority on MBA program applicants’ agendas – but it is recommendable to at least pretend you’re fully up to date on these topics so as to pass as a normal functioning human in the company of friends. So take a study break and make some small talk.

You start seeing GMAT equations everywhere

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Equations pop up everywhere during MBA studies. Simple daily routines such as reading maps and measuring ingredients for cooking unexpectedly become an extension of algebra, and make calculations a daily irritant to candidates.

There comes a point during revision when going over the same facts again and again can unintentionally dull the efficacy of the study. If, when resting, you see equations falling like Tetris bricks in your mind’s eye, enlist the help of a friend to help you take a study break. Although making time to go to a concert or see a play may seem counterproductive to the end of goal of enrolling on an MBA program, it can be beneficial in the long run.

Many schools, including the University of Birmingham, actively encourage students to take regular breaks from revision – the same principles apply here:

“Make sure you take regular breaks. Sitting at your desk for 12 hours a day does not mean you are revising effectively. Break up the day by going for a walk and getting some fresh air; even making a drink will mean you can refocus your mind so you don’t lose concentration.”

You become a recluse

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Daylight is a luxury afforded to few during GMAT and MBA interview prep. Days become filled with reading endless examination papers and self-help books, which may result in you developing an almost uncanny resemblance to Nosferatu when exam day finally looms.

So snap the laptop shut, ditch the pajamas and venture into the sunlight for some much-needed downtime during study sessions. However, if applicants suddenly find that they’re shrinking from the sunlight and have developed an inexplicable aversion to garlic – we would advise you to consult a GP.

You argue more

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The critical reasoning section of the GMAT is the perfect excuse for applicants to be a little more argumentative and awkward around the house. Your spouse may be brought close to insanity when the merest proclamation, such as, “Whole wheat bread is better than white,” can result in a heated culinary debate (honing your reasoning skills naturally).

An MBA applicant’s sudden kinship with Plato or Socrates may create friction around the house. Avoid dinner table Armageddon by simply keeping your high-minded thoughts to yourself. Great men such as Plato and Socrates wouldn’t have got far in life if they had tried to debate fiercely with their wives whilst they were digging into a KFC bargain bucket.  Do everybody a favor and keep your verbal reasoning practice within the confines of your study.

Congratulations: you’re accepted!

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The ultimate indicator of hard work is the positive results that follow. If you finally receive your place in an MBA program, the intense study regimes and MBA interview preparation you put yourself through will all be worth it. During MBA studies, applicants can become introverted as they try to deal with the mountain of prep work that lies before them. Try to manage your time effectively by balancing a healthy amount of work and play into applying for MBA study. It could be the difference between an MBA program rejection letter and an offer of enrollment.

Source: www.topmba.com

GMAT Sections Explained

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Information pertaining to the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) can seem rather baffling to the newcomer. It is often assumed that MBA aspirers are automatically familiar with GMAT sections– this is not always the case.

Don’t say we never do anything for you, though – here is a concise list GMAT sections, including a quick look at the scoring system.

What is the GMAT?

The GMAT is considered to be one of the clearest indicators of your ability to succeed in  an MBA. Over 2,100 institutions around the world use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs.

The test itself is administered in 112 test centers around the world. Applicants apply directly to the center of their choice where they will be required to undertake an examination of up to four hours, which covers the GMAT sections listed below. The overall score is a composite of the sections.

Integrated reasoning

Integrated reasoning is the newest of GMAT sections to be added to the test, administrated since 2012. It is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in multiple formats from various sources.

The integrated reasoning section is broken down into four different question types: table analysis, graphics interpretation, multisource reasoning, and a two-part analysis. Candidates will be tested on the following skills:

•             Combining and using information from multiple sources to solve complex problems

•             Synthesizing information presented in graphics, numbers, and text

•             Assessing relevant information from different sources

•             Organizing information to see relationships and to solve multiple problems

Analytical writing assessment (AWA)

Candidates will be required to analyze and critique an argument for the AWA section of the examination. The test is 30-minutes long and is scored by a computerized reading evaluation and also by a human being at GMAC (the administrators of the test) – this mark does not contribute towards your total GMAT score.

Scores are ranged between 1-6 points with 1 being the lowest and 6 the highest.

Quantitative section

The quantitative section of the examination tends to inspire the greatest level of fear in test takers; however the math problems are of a secondary school level.

There are two types of quantitative questions: problem solving and data sufficiency. This test measures a student’s ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. No calculators are allowed for this section of examination – however, candidates will be given a wet erase pen and laminated graph paper to answer questions.

Verbal section

Business education is not all about mathematics – you’ll need a wide of skills. The GMAT is designed accordingly. The verbal section measures your ability to evaluate arguments, read and understand written material and adapt samples to standard written English.

The reading passages range between one paragraph to several passages long and cover a wide variety of subject areas such as social sciences, history, business-related areas and physical sciences.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate the following:

•             An understanding of words and statements

•             Drawing implications from facts and statements in the reading passages

•             Acknowledging the relationships between significant points and concepts

•             Understanding the author’s point of view and their arguments

Critical reasoning questions are designed to test – as the name suggests – the reasoning skills involved in making arguments, evaluating arguments and formulating a plan of action accordingly. Candidates need to:

•             Demonstrate argument construction

•             Evaluate arguments

•             Formulate and evaluate a plan of action

GMAT Scores

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; with two-thirds of test takers scoring between 400 and 600. The total score is based on your verbal and quantitative scores only, with the analytical writing assessment and integrated reasoning scored separately.

From the most recent data released by GMAC, the average GMAT score of all test takers is about 540. You’ll probably need a 600 to be competitive for admission to a top school, and a 700 to contend at an elite one. After completion of the examination, scores will be sent to the programs that students selected within twenty days. Scores can be canceled right after the test. You can retake the test five times in any 12 month period, but be warned – schools will be able to see all your scores from the past five years, which is how long your score will remain valid.

Aside from GMAT scores, students should also focus on fine tuning their supporting documents and personable skills when applying to their preferred schools. Admissions teams often wish to enroll candidates who can demonstrate motivation and a driven personality that goes beyond a good GMAT score.

Source: topmba.com