Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 QS World University Rankings

The 2020 QS World University Rankings are now live! Discover the biggest results and insights in our recap below.  

The 2020 QS World University Rankings were released this morning, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has retained its top spot for the eighth consecutive year.

After MIT, the top five included (in order) Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the California Institute of Technology.

It’s been a pretty stable year in the rankings with not much movement in the top ten, with University College London seeing the most improvement, moving from 10th to 8th in the rankings.

However, the UK recorded its third-worst performance in the rankings this year with the average rank of the 84 ranked UK institutions decreasing by 12.6 ranks.

The University of Cambridge hit its lowest-ever position (a still respectable 7th) while the University of Oxford rose one spot to 4th.

This comes amidst consistently declining international student ratios across UK and US universities with the US recording its worst performance in rankings history with only 16% of universities improving their rank.

On the other end of the spectrum, 69% of Australian universities saw improvements in their ranks, which may suggest that these universities are making the most of the international student community’s uncertainty about studying in the US and UK.

In Asia, the top two universities are the National University of Singapore and its compatriot Nanyang Technological University at a shared 11th spot in the rankings.

China is still seeing impressive growth with the nation now boasting 19 of the world’s top 200 research universities, increasing from 12 in 2016.

In Latin America, the top university for the fifth consecutive year is the Universidad de Buenos Aires (74th), though it seems that Brazilian and Argentinian universities are losing employer confidence in their graduates.

Finally, the Middle East now has two top 200 universities in the rankings with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University (186th) leading the region.

The QS World University Rankings rank 1,000 universities in 82 different locations, analyzed through the lens of research impact, academic standing, internationalization, student/staff ratio, graduate employability, and teaching capacity.

Leveraging this bespoke comparative data, we can provide universities with unique insights into their position in the rankings and their strengths and weaknesses.

Our QS Rankings Tracker allows universities to access the data behind the rankings, utilize our five-year analysis, and create an actionable framework for progress.

Contact us today to learn more about the 2020 QS World University Rankings, our QS Rankings Tracker, and what our data and analysis can do for you.

2019-06-19T08:17:03+01:00

About the Author:

As the B2B Content Marketing Manager, Sarah Linney is responsible for communicating the insights, research, and market analysis that have positioned QS as a thought leader in the higher education sector. After completing a Communications-Journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, Sarah worked in radio news and B2B print publishing before joining the content marketing sector. While working at a content marketing agency, Sarah was transferred to their New York office. She then led content marketing efforts at two tech startups in New York as a Content Manager before deciding to make the move to the UK and QS. 

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