6 September 2016
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been named the world’s topmost university for the fifth consecutive year.
The QS World University Rankings scored MIT full marks in this year’s ranking where strong academic and employer reputations were underpinned by academic excellence.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranks Universities based on six indicators: academic reputation; employer reputation; student-to-faculty ratio; citations per faculty; international faculty ratio and international student ratio.
According to the World Economic Forum, for the first time in over 10 years, U.S. institutions took the top three places. Stanford and Harvard swapped places from 3rd and 2nd respectively.
Stanford’s second place highlights a steady rise up the rankings. Fifteenth in 2012, this year the California-based university scored 98.7 out of 100 to pip Harvard.
Cambridge, joint third with Stanford last year, drops down to fourth. This ranking highlights a broader trend of Western European institutions falling in the rankings.
Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, stated in a press release cited by the World Economic Forum that “some Western European nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending were losing ground to their U.S. and Asian counterparts.”
Asia’s highest ranked institution remains the National University of Singapore, in 12th, followed by the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 13th.
QS also highlights the continued progression of Chinese institutions – Tsinghua University has risen to its highest-ever position of 24th.
Australia and Canada also increased their representation in the top 100, while a Latin American university, Universidad de Buenos Aires, featured for the first time. It took the 85th place.
University of Cape Town at 191 is Africa’s highest ranking University. Universities from South Africa and Egypt dominated the ranking within Africa.
Rather unfortunately no Nigerian University made the 916 list.
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