The price of performance rankings

The better the ranking performance the more international students pay

Consultants, Studymove looked at international student fee data from Australian universities for 2016-2020 and found a correlation with QS rankings. “This may not be a surprise, however it is surprising how strong the correlation is,” Sm’s Keri Ramirez says.

“The higher the overall ranking a university has, the higher the annual undergraduate average international tuition fee.”

Mr Ramirez adds other factors shape what universities charge internationals but the statistical correlation between ranking results and fees is strong, at UG, and to a lesser extent, PG subject level.

The UG disciplines with “strong correlation” are, economics, accounting-finance, biology, electrical and electronic engineering, computer science and information systems and psychology. The weakest in the study are education and comms/media.