QS World University Rankings
The international QS World University Rankings® is considered the most prestigious international university rankings along with the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is the first compiler of international rankings to be independently audited and approved by the IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence, which evaluates and critically examines existing international rankings. Palacký University has been included for the first time in 2016, being globally ranked within the 700–750 positions. A year earlier it reached within the 651–700 positions.
More than 950 universities from 84 countiries are listed in the rankings; the Czech Republic had five representatives among the top 750 in 2016.
Similarly to other university rankings, the QS World University Rankings assess performance in science and research on the basis of bibliographic databases of articles and their citations. Concerning these two criteria, Palacký University has been a leading institution in the Czech Republic in recent years; its international position is also impressive, which has been confirmed by other important international rankings. The QS Rankings also assess the student-to-faculty ratio, the international student ratio, the international faculty ratio, and a global reputation survey is conducted. Academic reputation, that is, the perception of schools by the academic community and major international employers, makes up 40 percent of the overall score.