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QS and Hinrich Foundation Announce a New Ranking of Master’s Programs in Global Trade

Published 22 February 2022 | 2 minute read

Ranking to highlight graduate programs pedagogical innovation and employability indicators

London, 21 Feb 2022: QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts and compilers of
the world’s most-consulted international university rankings, (QS World University Rankings), partnered with the philanthropic Hinrich Foundation to produce the first-ever evaluation of the world’s best master’s programs in global trade.

The ranking will focus on the graduate programs’ pedagogical innovation and employability indicators. The aim is to highlight the universities and programs that equip graduates with the relevant knowledge and work-ready experience to join the workforce and successfully contribute to sustainable business growth across global trade value chains.

Built on the premise that mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade strengthens relationships between nations and improves lives – since 2012, the Hinrich Foundation has dedicated itself to original research and philanthropic support of educational programs to enhance international trade practices.

Merle A. Hinrich, Hinrich Foundation Founder and Chairman said: “We trust that this independent evaluation of master’s programs in global trade will set a new standard to help both students passionate about careers in trade looking for the best education for career growth, and employers looking to recruit next-generation leaders for their firms. Together with a world-leading higher education think-tank such as QS, we look forward to assisting universities enhance their offerings through the lenses of pedagogical excellence and career outcomes.”

This new addition to QS’s rankings portfolio, planned for October 2022, will be hosted on, visited by over 55 million people annually, and the Hinrich Foundation website (

Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice-President, commented: “We are honoured to have been chosen by a prestigious philanthropic organisation like the Hinrich Foundation to produce a new ranking to help prospective students wishing to become global trader leaders, discern among the plethora of programs available in the field. We are equally excited to engage with the universities and business schools which provide master’s programs in global trade to shine a light on their excellence in this essential and increasingly popular discipline.”


For interviews with QS’s analysts, please contact:
Simona Bizzozero
Director of Communications
QS Quacquarelli Symonds
+ 44(0)7880620856

For interviews with the Hinrich Foundation, please contact:
Kathryn Dioth
Hinrich Foundation

About QS (
QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to empower motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development. The QS World University Rankings® portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, is the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, – the home of their rankings – was viewed 147 million times in 2021, and over 96,000 media clippings pertaining to or mentioning QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2021.

About the Hinrich Foundation
The Hinrich Foundation ( is an Asia based philanthropic organization that works to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade. The foundation supports original research and education programs that build understanding and leadership in global trade. Its team of global trade experts and practitioners apply their deep knowledge and experience in trade, economics, policymaking and education to deliver the Foundation’s programs. The Foundation is building a network of next-generation trade leaders by partnering with universities and corporations across global value chains.

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