MIT tops QS World University Rankings 2016-2017: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has topped the QS rankings for 2016-17, extending its reign at the top for a fifth straight year. The thirteenth edition of the QS rankings also puts three US universities in the top three, a feat it last achieved in 2004/5. The second and third positions are occupied by Stanford and Harvard, with Stanford moving to second place while pushing Harvard to the third. In all, the US has five universities inside the top ten.
The UK holds onto its number two position behind the US, with four universities in the top 10. However, while Oxford, University College London, and Imperial College London manage to hold onto their positions from the last QS list, Cambridge falls one place to number four.
Overall, Canada and Australia have done well in the new list, with both having nine universities in the top 200, up from eight last year. South Korea also has reasons to celebrate, as it now has 16 universities in the top-500; in the last list it had 13.
In Asia, National University of Singapore is the highest ranked university at 12th. Meanwhile, China’s aspirations of becoming a top player in world higher education gained momentum with Tsinghua rising to a career-best ranking of 24th.
Among Latin American universities, Universidad de Buenos Aires, ranked 85th, becomes the first from the region to be ranked inside the top 100.
Another observation is no university outside the top ten from the 2015 list managed to break into the top ten this year as well. This means the same top ten universities from last year’s list, stay put in the top 10, though some of them have interchanged their positions.
QS uses six performance indicators to evaluate world universities across four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation. The six indicators are: Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Student-to-faculty ratio, Citations per faculty, International faculty ratio & international student ratio.
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