Rankings released! QS World University Rankings 2024

QS World University Rankings 2024

The QS World University Rankings 2024 are now live! 

This highly-anticipated edition marks the 20th year of our industry-leading analysis of the top performing universities across the globe, and represents the success of a 20-year partnership with the higher education sector.  

Our biggest edition to date – featuring 1,500 institutions – QS World University Rankings 2024 introduces three new indicators to reflect the changing priorities of students and the evolving missions of world-class higher education institutions today: a commitment to sustainability; even greater emphasis on supporting graduate employability and increased international research collaboration to solve the world’s biggest challenges.  

Speaking in a recent interview, 20 years of the QS World University Rankings, QS Founder and President, Nunzio Quacquarelli, said: “While we have always tried to remain consistent in our methodology, we must also evolve to reflect the changing missions of universities.

He added: “We recognise that the global student community we serve understand the significance of the climate crisis and see a real responsibility among universities in supporting the sustainability agenda.”  

QS is the first of the major world rankings to include sustainability as a core metric.   

 Our QS insights experts will be covering these details and rationale of the changes, and more, at our upcoming webinar: QS World University Ranking 2024: Excellence & Exploration on 10 July 2023.

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QS World University Rankings 2024 top performers  

1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 

2) University of Cambridge 

3) University of Oxford 

4) Harvard University 

5) Stanford University  

6) Imperial College London 

7) ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 

8) National University of Singapore (NUS) 

9) University College London (UCL) 

10) University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 

Institutions in both Europe and America dominate the top 10 rankings, many of which received perfect scores of 100 in indicators such as: ‘Academic reputation’, ‘Employer reputation’ and ‘Faculty/Student ratio’. 

Notably, National University of Singapore (NUS), is the only institution from Asia to sit in the top 10. 

University of California (UCB) is the only institution to have earned a perfect score of 100 in our new ‘Sustainability’ indicator – followed closely by the University of Pennsylvania (ranked 12th), University of Toronto (ranked 21st) and University of British Columbia (ranked 34th) – all with scores of 99.9. 

New entrants 

This year features 85 new entrants – more than half are from Asia, with Bangladesh (11 new institutions), Indonesia (10), India and Malaysia (five each) and Kazakhstan (four) having the highest representation. Two of the new entrants are in the Top 10 rankings: National University of Singapore and University of California, Berkley. 

 Other new locations featured in this year’s rankings include Iceland and Luxemburg (with one institution each), as well as Nigeria (two) and Ethiopia (one). The best results among new entrants were demonstrated by Hamad bin Khalifa University from Qatar and University of Luxemburg, securing their place in the top 400. 

Want to read more in-depth analysis of the QS World University Rankings?

Read the latest edition of QS Insights Magazine for further insights and perspectives on 20 years of the QS World University Rankings and topics including data management, international student recruitment, and the importance of joy in higher education.

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