QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). Previously known as THE-QS World University Rankings, QS had collaborated with Times Higher Education (THE) magazine to publish its international league tables from 2004 to 2009 before both of them started to announce their own versions. QS chose the existing methodology while THE adopted a new one for its Times Higher Education World University Rankings. QS World University Rankings now comprises the global overall and subject rankings, alongside three independent regional tables (Asia, Latin America, and BRICS) with different methodologies. While it is viewed as one of the most widely read university rankings, criticism of it for giving undue weight to subjective indicators and being commercialized also exists.