QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited



Address: 1 Tranley Mews, Fleet Road, London, NW3 2DG.
Country: United Kingdom.
Phone: +44 (0) 207 284 7200

History and objectives

QS Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a leading global higher education company with over 250 employees across five continents speaking over 25 languages.

The mission of QS is “to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility and career development”, according to the Managing Director of QS, Nunzio Quacquarelli.

QS was founded by Cambridge MA and Wharton MBA, Nunzio Quacquarelli, in 1990. During its 27 years, the company has blazed a trail in the fast-developing area of university internationalisation and comparability.

QS started as a student project at The Wharton School, publishing career and education guides for international students and featuring exclusive interviews with President Bill Clinton, and CEOs of top employers at the time including Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and PepsiCo. QS was the first private business to be given office space on the Wharton Campus, one of the first business school incubator companies in the world.

In 1990, QS won the MootCorp Business Plan competition, whilst representing Wharton, against competition from Harvard, London Business School and Stanford entries and Nunzio was also awarded the Glockner Prize for Management in his final year at the school.

Today, technology underpins everything QS is involved in and technical innovation keep the Company ahead of the competition across its full-service range.

Operational environment

QS Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is well recognised for the distribution of QS World University Rankings and committed to helping a large scale of prospective students and working professionals carry out the right educational choices to develop skills needed to achieve success. The Company is also dedicated to assisting universities across the world attain excellence and global recognition.

QS’s values and mission are embodied by its highly international and diverse team which contains internationally recognised experts in the higher and business education sectors. QS operates globally from offices in London, Paris, Bucharest, Stuttgart, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, Mumbai and Melbourne.

As a passionate innovator in higher education intelligence, research and services, QS invented the first World University Rankings serving the students, global education recruitment tours and global higher education portals.

For University professionals, QS runs conferences around the world which enable University professionals to network and learn best practices in the fields of University Leadership, Internationalisation, Partnerships & Mobility, Summer Schools and topics specific to different subjects.

QS is also the leading specialist research group in higher education, producing primary research in bachelors, Masters, MBA, and PhD programs across 120 nations. QS collects data from and provides services to thousands of universities and colleges and employers around the world.

Finally, QS understands the modern higher education needs technical support to provide world-class service. Therefore, the Company provides software as a service to enable universities to operate to world-class standards in the fields of international student exchange, partnerships and internationalisation.