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QS World University Rankings 2018 2017-06-20T22:01:07+00:00

QS World University Rankings 2018

MIT named world’s best university for record sixth year

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QS Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education experts, have released the fourteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s leading university for a record sixth consecutive year. 959 universities are ranked.

  • Caltech joins Stanford and Harvard for clean sweep of top 4 places
  • 51 of the United Kingdom’s 76 universities fall, reflecting prolonged funding cuts, the increasing use of adjunct faculty, improvements from other nations, and concerns about the potential impact of Brexit;
  • Universities with a strong technological focus succeed. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University rises to 11th, Korea’s KAIST reaches a record high (41st), while Delft University of Technology becomes the Netherlands’ leading university for the first time since 2005;
  • Australian institutions consistently improve. Australian National University (20th) returns to the top 20;
  • Six Chinese universities now feature in the Top 100, two more than last year;
  • India boasts three universities among the Top 200, one more than last year;
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (95th) rises into the top 100;
  • Latin American institutions struggle to improve, but the Universidad de Buenos Aires reaches its highest-ever position (75th).

QS World University Rankings 2018: Top 20

2018 2017 Institution Country
 1   1 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US
  2   2 STANFORD UNIVERSITY US
  3   3 HARVARD UNIVERSITY US
  4   5 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US
  5   4 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
  6   6 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
  7   7 UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK
  8   9 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
  9   10 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US
  10   8 ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) CH
  11   13 NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) SG
  12   14 ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) CH
  13   11 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY US
  14   16 CORNELL UNIVERSITY US
  15   12 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) SG
  16   15 YALE UNIVERSITY US
  17   17 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY US
  18   20 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY US
  19   18 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA US
  20   22 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) AU

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017  http://www.TopUniversities.com/

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “MIT is the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem. Companies created by its alumni enjoyed combined revenues of $2 trillion*, making them the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy. However, their continued dominance at the top should not obscure a changing landscape elsewhere, with other US and UK institutions making way for the best of Russia, China and India – among others.”

View the 2018 QS World University Rankings at: www.TopUniversities.com.

*Source: http://web.mit.edu/innovate/entrepreneurship2015.pdf

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Simona Bizzozero
Communications Director, QS
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QS World University Rankings 2018: UK Focus 2017-06-20T22:07:07+00:00

QS World University Rankings 2018

UK universities continue to decline in latest QS rankings

51 of UK’s 76 ranked universities fall

 

London, 8th June 2017: QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global education analysts, have today released the fourteenth edition of their flagship QS World University Rankings, the most popular of their kind. This year’s table provides the definitive guide to the world’s 959 top universities. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the world’s leading university for a record sixth consecutive year.

The expert opinion of 75,015 academics and 40,455 employers contributed to the 2018 edition of the rankings. 12.3m papers and 75.1m citations were analysed from the bibliometric database Scopus/Elsevier, to measure the impact of the research produced by the universities ranked.

This year’s edition indicates that the majority of the UK’s higher education institutions have proved unable to avoid further decline after last year’s regressive performance. 76 UK institutions are ranked this year, 51 of whom record drops. The University of Cambridge falls one place to 5th, while 11 of the 16 ranked Russell Group institutions see downward movements.

However, there is evidence that employers have become increasingly willing to hire graduates from UK universities in the year since the nation voted to leave the European Union. 43 of the UK’s 76 universities record improved scores for QS’s Employer Reputation metric. This follows January’s QS Best Student Cities ranking, in which QS noted that a number of UK cities were receiving better Employer Activity scores.

Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: “The competitiveness of UK universities has been affected by austerity. In particular, tuition fees have been frozen for five years and research funding has not grown as fast as in some other countries. So the latest QS rankings should give policymakers pause for thought. The various political parties have offered very different higher education policies at today’s general election. Whoever wins will need to work hard if UK universities are to regain their previous position.”

Noteworthy Performances

  • The UK remains home to four of the world’s ten best universities. The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford rank 5th and 6th respectively;
  • University College London (UCL) remains 7th;
  • Imperial College London rises one place to 8th;
  • The London School of Economics rises two places to 35th;
  • King’s College London (23rd) and the University of Edinburgh (24th) remain in the global top 30, but both record minor drops this year.
  • For a full overview of UK performance, please contact [email protected]
QS World University Rankings 2018: Top 10
2018 2017 Institution Name Country/ Territory
  1   1 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US
  2   2 STANFORD UNIVERSITY US
  3   3 HARVARD UNIVERSITY US
  4   5 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US
  5   4 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
  6   6 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
  7   7 UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK
  8   9 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
  9   10 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US
  10   8 ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) CH
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2018 www.TopUniversities.com

 

Why is UK higher education in decline?

The UK’s relative performance is deteriorating for two primary reasons:

  • Falls in relative research performance. 45 of the UK’s 76 universities receive lower scores for QS’s Citations per Faculty metric, which measures the impact achieved by a university’s research. The University of Cambridge, despite remaining the United Kingdom’s leading ranked research institution, has seen its Citations per Faculty score drop from 93.7 to below 80 in two years;
  • Falls in its standing among both the global and domestic academic communities. 46 of the UK’s institutions receive lower scores for QS’s Academic Reputation metric, which records over 75,000 responses to QS’s Academic Reputation survey from faculty across the world.

Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, said: “Though the temptation may be to attribute the UK’s second year of struggle to Brexit, we would warn against doing so. Much of the data we collect for these tables has been collected over a five-year period, and the first year of post-Brexit internationalisation scores suggests that there has, thus far, been a minimal impact on international student and faculty rates at UK institutions.

Of greater importance, we believe, is the continued strain on university resources, which appears to be having a deleterious impact on not just research, but also the capacity to deliver world-class teaching. Also of greater significance than Brexit is the simple and unavoidable truth that these rankings are a relative exercise, and the rest of the world is becoming increasingly competitive.”

The full QS World University Rankings 2018 can be found here while a guide to the methodology can be found here. The QS World University Rankings are produced using citations data sourced by Elsevier’s Scopus database.

For interviews and commentary, contact:

Simona Bizzozero
Head of Public Relations
QS Quacquarelli Symonds
[email protected]
[email protected]
@QS_pressoffice
+ 44(0)7880620856
+44 (0) 2072847248

Jack N. Moran
Public Relations Executive
QS Quacquarelli Symonds
[email protected]
@JackNathanMoran

 

Notes for Editors

Full UK overview

QS World University Rankings 2018: UK Overview
2018 2017 Institution Name
  5   4 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
  6   6 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
  7   7 UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)
  8   9 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
  23   21 KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (KCL)
  24   19 UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
  34   29 THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
  35   37= LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE (LSE)
  44   41 UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
  57   51= THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
  65   63= UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
  78=   74 DURHAM UNIVERSITY
  82=   84 THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
  84=   75= THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
  84=   82 UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
  92   77 UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
  101   93 UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
  102=   87 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
  127   123= QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (QMUL)
  135=   129 LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
  135=   127 UNIVERSITY OF YORK
  137=   140 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
  158=   141= UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
  158=   164= UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
  160   159 UNIVERSITY OF BATH
  161=   168 NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
  173=   157 UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
  188=   175 UNIVERSITY OF READING
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2018 www.TopUniversities.com

QS University Rankings

QS Quacquarelli Symonds have been compiling university rankings since 2004, when they published their inaugural QS World University Rankings. Since then, QS’s rankings have grown to be the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their Subject rankings tables were visited over 30 million times in 2016, and their overall rankings tables over 54 million times.

The project has expanded to include: 5 regional rankings, the QS Best Student Cities ranking, rankings by Subject Area, the QS Higher Education System Strength Ranking, and, most recently, the QS Graduate Employability Ranking. QS’s research is featured by media outlets across the world, with over 46,000 media clippings related to QS published in 2016.

About Scopus info.scopus.com

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its comprehensive database contains 55+ million items indexed from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software. Scopus is part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio which includes the SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets and custom Analytical Services.

 

About Elsevier www.elsevier.com

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

Ben Sowter

Sowter is the Head of Research at the QS Intelligence Unit. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, where he was also awarded the Union Prize for outstanding contribution to the student union and served as chairman of the Nottingham University Debating Society. Ben is fully responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects and is actively involved in all the collection, compilation and tabulation of all the data that lead to, amongst others, the World University Rankings research with which he has been involved since its initial inception in 2004. A frequent contributor to the press, Ben’s opinion on global education trends and his expertise is used regularly by major global publications.

QS partners with Enago to offer Manuscript Preparation and Author Education Services 2017-06-20T22:17:09+00:00

QS today announced their partnership with Enago, a leading author service provider that specifically caters to the large section of the global research community for whom English is a second language (ESL).

QS Quacquarelli Symonds was founded in 1990 and has established itself as a leading global provider of specialist higher education and career information and solutions. QS activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2000 of the world’s leading higher education institutions. Enago is the trusted name in author services for the global research community. Since 2005, Enago worked with 100,000+ researchers in 125+ countries improving the communication of their research and helping them to achieve success in international publication. Enago is the preferred partner for leading academic publishers, societies and universities worldwide. Enago has offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Istanbul and New York, and operates globally with regional teams supporting researchers locally.

“QS has always advised higher education institutions to improve their international research output as part of overall globalization and we are pleased to now offer comprehensive support by partnering with Enago,” commented Jason Newman, Global Commercial Director, QS Intelligence Unit. “We encourage the importance of publishing cutting-edge research and opinions from across the globe, and are happy that we are now able to increase our support for our partner universities.”

“Enago is delighted to be collaborating with a forward-thinking organization like QS to improve universities’ research output.” said Rajiv Shirke, VP Global Operations, Enago. “Having easy access to the manuscript preparation services provided by Enago will not only accelerate the process of publishing high-impact research but also ensure that specific author needs are taken care of during the editorial process.”

For more details please visit the QS-Enago website: https://www.enago.com/qs.

To learn more about Enago, please visit www.enago.com.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017/18: The Global Overview 2017-06-21T00:06:12+00:00

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have named the world’s best universities for the study of 46 subjects. The 7th QS World University Rankings by Subject sees Harvard University ranked as the leading institution for 15 different disciplines. It is followed by its perennial rival, MIT, which is ranked number one for 12 subjects this year.

The tables feature 1127 universities from 74 countries, providing the most comprehensive global overview of higher education performance at discipline level. Key findings include:

  • The University of Oxford is number one for four different subjects;
  • The UK and US cumulatively take a smaller share of overall places, while countries in Asia -namely China – and Eastern Europe see their share increase in 2017;
  • Singapore leads Asia in terms of the number of top-20 places achieved;
  • Four new subjects are featured this year: Anatomy & Physiology, Hospitality, Sports-related Subjects, and Theology;
  • The below table provides a list of all subjects ranked, and the global leader in that subject:
Subject #1
Accounting & Finance Harvard
Agriculture & Forestry Wageningen University
Anatomy & Physiology Oxford
Anthropology Harvard
Archaeology Oxford
Architecture MIT
Art & Design Royal College of Art
Biological Sciences Harvard
Business & Management Studies Harvard
Chemistry MIT
Communication & Media Studies University of Southern California
Computer Science & Information Systems MIT
Dentistry University of Hong Kong
Development Studies University of Sussex
Earth & Marine Sciences ETH Zurich
Economics & Econometrics MIT
Education UCL Institute of Education
Engineering – Chemical MIT
Engineering – Civil & Structural MIT
Engineering – Electrical MIT
Engineering – Mechanical MIT
Engineering – Mining & Mineral Colorado School of Mines
English Language & Literature Oxford
Environmental Sciences University of California, Berkeley
Geography Oxford
History Harvard
Hospitality University of Nevada
Law Harvard
Linguistics MIT
Materials Science MIT
Mathematics MIT
Medicine Harvard
Modern Languages Harvard
Nursing University of Pennsylvania
Performing Arts Juilliard School
Pharmacy & Pharmacology Harvard
Philosophy University of Pittsburgh
Physics & Astronomy MIT
Politics & International Studies Harvard
Psychology Harvard
Social Policy & Administration Harvard
Sociology Harvard
Sports-related Subjects Loughborough University;
University of Sydney
Statistics & Operational Research Harvard
Theology Harvard
Veterinary Science University of California, Davis
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017         http://www.TopUniversities.com/

 

QS analysed:

  • 185 million citations;
  • 43 million papers;
  • 194,000 responses to their global Employer Survey;
  • 305,000 responses to their global Academic Survey.

Bibliometric data is provided by Scopus/Elsevier. The full tables can be found here.

Media Contact: Simona Bizzozero
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