Boston’s MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has been named the best university in the world for the 5th straight year, according to the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, with Stanford University (California) and Harvard University (Massachusetts) in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
British universities have taken a tumble, it’s top-ranked university, Cambridge, has fallen out of the top 3 for the first time since the launch of the rankings in 2004.
Seven Chinese universities have made it into the world’s top 200 – Tsinghua University came in at 24th, Peking University at 39th, Fudan University at 43rd, Shanghai Jiao Tong University at 61st, University of Science and Technology of China at 104th, Zhejiang University at 110th, and Nanjing University at 115th.
Singapore performed best in Asia with National University of Singapore in 12th and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 13th. The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been named Asia’s top university for the third year in a row.
Rankings don’t tell whole story – but India’s slide down chart can’t be ignored: Interestingly, only 2 Indian higher-education institutions have made it into the global list, with Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore leading the group at 152nd and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) at 185th.
Eight Australian universities have been named as the world’s top 200 best tertiary institutions. Heading the list was the Australian National University coming in at 22nd, followed by the University of Melbourne at 42nd, the University of Sydney at 46th, the University of New South Wales at 49th, the University of Queensland at 51st, Monash University at 65th, the University of Western Australia at 102nd, the University of Adelaide at 125th, and the University of Technology Sydney at 193rd.
US universities dominated the global top 200 rankings, with 48 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada (9), Australia (9), Japan (8), China (7), France (5), Sweden (5), and Hong Kong (5).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the global list, followed by Stanford, Harvard, Cambridge, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Oxford, University College London, ETH Zurich, Imperial College London and the University of Chicago.
The world’s 30 Best Universities, 2016/17
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
2. Stanford University, US
3. Harvard University, US
4. Cambridge University, UK
5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), US
6. Oxford University, UK
7. University College London, UK
8. ETH Zurich, SWITZERLAND
9. Imperial College London, UK
10. University of Chicago, US
11. Princeton University, US
12. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
13. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), Singapore
14. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), US
15. Yale University, US
16. Cornell University, US
17. Johns Hopkins University, US
18. University of Pennsylvania, US
19. The University of Edinburgh, UK
20. Columbia University, US
21. King’s College London, UK
22. The Australian National University, Australia
23. University of Michigan, US
24. Tsinghua University, China
24. Duke University, US
26. Northwestern University, US
27. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
28. University of California, Berkeley (UCB), US
29. The University of Manchester, UK
30. McGill University, Canada
Britain’s world’s 10 Best Universities, 2016/17
1. University of Cambridge – 4 (-1)
2. University of Oxford – 6
3. University College London – 7
4. Imperial College London – 9 (-1)
5. University of Edinburgh – 19 (+2)
6. King’s College London – 21 (-2)
7. University of Manchester – 29 (+4)
8. London School of Economics and Political Science – 37 (-2)
9. University of Bristol – 41 (-4)
10. University of Warwick – 51 (-3)
The rankings published by QS follow the CEOWORLD magazine rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai), the CWTS Leiden Ranking, and will be followed in a couple of weeks by the Times Higher Education rankings.
The rankings cover 3,800 universities worldwide. The annual rankings are based on academic and employer reputation, staff-student ratios, research citations and the proportion of international staff and students.