QS World University Ranking 2015 - MIT hits the top spot
Updated on Sep 15, 2015 - 2:18 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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QS World University Ranking 2015 - Cementing its position among the World’s best universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) once again leads the top universities in the World in the 2015-2016 ranking released by QS. This is the fourth time in a row that MIT has outshone its peers since 2012 in the QS World University Rankings.

MIT is followed by Harvard University, which recovered two spots from the previous ranking to take the second position, overtaking the University of Cambridge while the latter slipped one spot to be tied with Stanford University at the third place.

 

Among the countries, Switzerland and Singapore made headways as Switzerland’s ETH Zurich at the 9th place zoomed into the World top 10 for the first time and Singapore’s two popular universities- National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University made huge jumps to be in the 12th and 13th position, respectively.

 

While UK is still represented by four universities in the top 10, all the universities have slipped from their positions with Imperial College London taking the biggest blow by falling to the 7th spot from 3rd in the previous ranking. The fall in the rankings has been triggered by a change in the methodology used by QS in weighing the ‘citations per faculty’ indicator. In the new methodology, QS has introduced a normalized total citation count, in order to take account of different norms for each faculty area.

Two Indian universities- The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) have made a significant entry into the top 200 universities in the league table. While IISC is in the 147th position, IIT-D climbed many notches up from 235 in the table to 179th in the 2015-16 QS ranking.

 

Consistent to the previous years, USA with 154 universities continues to be the most represented country in the league table followed by UK, Germany and France which have 71, 43 and 41 universities in the ranking respectively.

 

Here the top 10 universities in the world according to QS World University Ranking 2015-2016:

University

2015-16 ranking

2014-15 ranking

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1

1

Harvard University

2

4

University of Cambridge

3

2

Stanford University

3

7

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

5

8

University of Oxford

6

5

University College London (UCL)

7

5

Imperial College London

8

2

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

9

12

University of Chicago

10

11

Also read:

QS World University Ranking 2015 - Engineering and Technology

QS World University Ranking 2015 - Arts and Humanities

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