QS World University Rankings 2023 - Top 500

QS World University Rankings 2023: The University of Klagenfurt moves further up in the global rankings

According to the latest QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2023, the University of Klagenfurt has achieved its best ranking to date, moving up from the 501-510 ranking group (last year) to rank 486. For the first time ever, the university is among the top 500 and has been ranked among the best.

Following its steady progression in the years 2020 (601-650), 2021 (511-520) and 2022 (501-510), the university has advanced to rank 486 in the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings. The powerful upward trend at the University of Klagenfurt continues in the most recent 2023 edition. The university has climbed by 215 places since 2014, as the QS chart shows:

Ranking trend:

Rankingtrend QS World University Rankings 2023

Chart: QS World University Rankings 2023


This year, 1,422 universities (from a total of 2,472 institutions) across 100 sites were assessed according to six indicators, compared to 1,300 (out of 1,673) in the previous year.

In the QS World University Rankings, 40 percent of the placement is determined by the results of an international survey among the academic community on the reputation of universities (Academic Reputation), and another ten percent by an additional survey among employers (Employer Reputation). Another 20 percent of the rating is based respectively on the ratio of students to teachers (Faculty/Student Ratio) and on the research performance measured by citations (Citations per Faculty). Five percent each can be attributed to the proportion of international students (International Student Ratio) and international academics (International Staff Ratio).

In terms of the “International Student Ratio” indicator, the University of Klagenfurt recorded the fastest growth and now ranks 136th in the world, improving its ranking by 26 places compared to the previous year.

In addition to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking), the QS ranking is one of the most important global university rankings worldwide. The University of Klagenfurt is included in all three rankings.

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