QS World Ranking 2014: Top 100 universities in World
Updated on Feb 27, 2015 - 3:14 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has, yet again, emerged as the world’s leading university in the QS world ranking 2014/15. The ranking platform, covering 700 universities across the world, presents 31 countries in its top 200 measured on different yardsticks, including research, employability, teaching standards and globalization of the institutions, among others.


University of Cambridge and Imperial College London are on second and third positions in the ranking respectively followed by Harvard University in the US and Oxford University in the UK.


USA, UK lead the pack

With 28 institutions in the top 100, the USA has emerged as the country with the most top varsities in the world. The country also has as many as six institutes in the top 10 comprising of renowned universities like Harvard, Stanford, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Princeton and Yale University along with MIT.

British universities make up 4 of the top 10 universities, with a couple more featuring in next top 10 institutes. Among them University of Cambridge and Imperial College London have risen from their third and fifth position to second positions each making it UK’s best ever position in the QS World Ranking. UK comes second to US with 19 universities in the Top 100.


Scaling the globe

In all, institutes from 31 countries are present in the top 200 positions of the QS world ranking. USA and UK are followed by Germany (13), the Netherlands (11), Canada (10) and Australia (8). Among the Asian countries, Japan leads with 10 institutes followed by China and South Korea with 7 and 6 institutes respectively.

Interestingly, the top 100 also features universities from Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Taiwan, Belgium and New Zealand.


STEM pushes University rankings

According to QS, this year’s ranking also reflects the increasing popularity of universities focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. In fact, STEM universities account for a quarter of the top 20 places.

The trend is led by the big leaguers of technology like MIT, Caltech, Imperial College London. The pattern is displayed among the other institutes, too, like  ETH Zurich(Switzerland), EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland) Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and South Korea’s KAIST.


 QS University Ranking 2014/15 VS Ranking 2013/14

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)       United States 11
University of Cambridge                               United Kingdom           23
Imperial College London       United Kingdom           25
Harvard University             United States 42
University of Oxford United Kingdom           56
UCL (University College London)United Kingdom           54
Stanford UniversityUnited States 77
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)United States 810
Princeton UniversityUnited States 910
Yale UniversityUnited States 108
University of ChicagoUnited States 119
ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)Switzerland1212
University of PennsylvaniaUnited States 1313
Columbia UniversityUnited States 1414
Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States 1416
King's College London (KCL)United Kingdom1619
University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom1717
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland1719
Cornell UniversityUnited States1915
University of TorontoUnited States2017
McGill UniversityCanada2121
National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore2224
University of MichiganUnited States2322
Ecole normale supérieureFrance2428
Australian National UniversityAustralia2527
Duke UniversityUnited States2523
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)United States2725
University of Hong KongHong Kong2826
University of BristolUnited Kingdom2930
The University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom3033
The University of TokyoJapan3132
Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea3135
The University of MelbourneAustralia3331
Northwestern UniversityUnited States3429
Ecole PolytechniqueFrance3541
Kyoto UniversityJapan3635
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)United States3740
The University of SydneyAustralia3738
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Singapore3941
The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong4034
New York University (NYU)United States4144
University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States4137
University of British ColumbiaCanada4349
The University of QueenslandAustralia4343
University of CopenhagenDenmark4545
The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong4639
Tsinghua UniversityChina4748
The University of New South WalesAustralia4852
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergGermany4950
University of AmsterdamNetherlands5058
KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea5160
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGermany5265
Brown UniversityUnited States5247
Technische Universität MünchenGermany5453
Osaka UniversityJapan5555
University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom5551
Peking UniversityChina5746
University of ZurichSwitzerland5778
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)United States5963
Lund UniversitySweden6067
The University of WarwickUnited Kingdom6164
University of North CarolinaUnited States6254
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States6356
University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom6462
University of WashingtonUnited States6559
Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States6557
University of HelsinkiFinland6769
Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan6866
The University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom6971
Monash UniversityAustralia7069
Fudan UniversityChina7188
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)United Kingdom7168
Tohoku UniversityJapan7175
Trinity College DublinIreland7161
Leiden UniversityNetherlands7574
National Taiwan University (NTU)Taiwan7682
The University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom7775
Boston UniversityUnited States7879
University of TexasUnited States7971
Utrecht UniversityNetherlands8081
Uppsala UniversitySweden8179
 KU LeuvenBelgium8277
Université de MontréalCanada83 
University of AlbertaCanada8496
University of GenevaSwitzerland8571
Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands8695
Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH)South Korea86-
University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom8883
The University of Western AustraliaAustralia8984
University of GroningenNetherlands9097
Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands9092
The University of AucklandNew Zealand9294
Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom9290
University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom9486
University of CaliforniaUnited States9585
Aarhus UniversityDenmark9691
University of LeedsUnited Kingdom9797
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)United Kingdom98-
Washington UniversityUnited States9986
The University of AdelaideAustralia100-

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