The British consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) recently published the 2020 update to QS World University Ranking. Using indexes such as number of citations, academic reputation and reputation of teachers, the ranking is published annually by the British. According to the consultancy, “the tenth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject has revealed that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) still dominates the higher education space”.
QS develops and successfully implements methods of comparative data collection and analysis used to highlight institutions’ strengths. Conducting its first industry-leading research in 1990 when it commissioned a global survey of MBA employers, the QS Rankings® launched in 2004 and is now the most established research project operated by the company.
The MIT received a No. 1 ranking in the following QS subject areas: Architecture/Built Environment; Chemistry; Computer Science and Information Systems; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering; Linguistics; Materials Science; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics and Operational Research.
MIT also placed second in five subject areas: Accounting and Finance; Biological Sciences; Earth and Marine Sciences; Economics and Econometrics; and Environmental Sciences.
MIT has been ranked as the No. 1 university in the world by QS World University Rankings for eight straight years.
The top 3 in the World University Ranking QS also includes courses at Stanford University, placed in second place followed by the Harvard University.
MIT tops 12 subject tables, while Harvard University follows closely behind with the top spot in 11 subject tables and University of Oxford leads eight subject tables.
However, the institution with the highest number of programs in the top 10 is Cambridge University with 38 of its programs mentioned in the top ten subject lists, followed by:
- Harvard University (35 top-10 programs)
- University of Oxford (34 top-10 programs)
- University of California, Berkeley (32 top-10 programs)
- Stanford University (30 top-10 programs)
- MIT (21 top-10 programs)
- ETH Zurich (13 top-10 programs)
- London School of Economics (13 top-10 programs)
- University of California, Los Angeles (11 top-10 programs)
- Yale University (11 top-10 programs)
What is the QS World University Rankings?
The QS ranks the performance of 13,138 individual university programs, taken by students at 1,368 universities in 83 locations across the world. This spans 48 academic disciplines and five broad faculty areas.
The QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings which comprises the global overall and subject rankings (which name the world’s top universities for the study of 48 different subjects and five composite faculty areas), alongside our independent regional tables (such as Asia, Latin America, Emerging Europe and Central Asia and the Arab Region). The QS Rankings is the most-widely read university rankings in the world.
Under the same grouping, QS also produces the following: Graduate Employability Rankings, Best Student Cities, Higher Education System Strength Rankings, Rankings by Location and the suite of Business School Rankings including Global MBA, EMBA, Distance Online MBA and Business Masters.
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