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QS World Rankings 2017/18: UK & US unis on decline again

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For the second year running, UK universities have suffered a significant drop in places in the QS World University Rankings. Of the 76 UK universities featured in the ranking, 51 have fallen, which can be attributed in part to funding cuts, concerns about the potential impact of Brexit and the increasing competition from less traditional study destinations.

 

Stateside, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has scooped first place and is the world’s leading university for a record sixth time. Meanwhile, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) has replaced the University of Cambridge in 4th place, meaning that US universities claim the top four spots. Despite a US sweepstake at the top end of the table, lower tier institutions are suffering a similar fate to their UK counterparts. More than half of the US’s overall entries fell, with 18 slipping by more than 50 places.

 

“MIT is the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem. Companies created by its alumni enjoyed combined revenues of $2 trillion, making them the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy,” said Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS. “However, their continued dominance at the top should not obscure a changing landscape elsewhere, with other US and UK institutions making way for the best of Russia, China and India – among others.”

 

There was a clear pattern of universities with a strong technological focus succeeding. In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) climbed up the table to 11th position, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) moved up a record high in 41st position, and the Delft University of Technology was the highest rated Dutch university in an impressive 58th position.

 

The Australian National University has moved up two places to make it back into the top 20 of the rankings, reflecting a consistent improvement for Australia’s top universities.

 

There were also good returns for Chinese institutions, who now have six universities in the top 100, two more than last year and India, who now have three universities in the top 200.

 

Lomonosov Moscow State University rose into the top 100 too, reflecting some positive results for Russia, which is investing in its international higher education offering.

 

Although a lot of Latin American institutions failed to improve, the Universidad de Buenos Aires soared into its highest position in 75th.
 

See the full list below.

 

QS World University Rankings 2018: Top 20

2018

2017

Institution

Country

1  

 1  

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT)

US

 2  

 2  

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

US

 3  

 3  

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

US

 4  

 5  

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH)

US

 5  

 4  

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

UK

 6  

 6  

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

UK

 7  

 7  

UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)

UK

 8  

 9  

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

UK

 9  

 10  

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

US

 10  

 8  

ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY)

CH

 11  

 13  

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU)

SG

 12  

 14  

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)

CH

 13  

 11  

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

US

 14  

 16  

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

US

 15  

 12  

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS)

SG

 16  

 15  

YALE UNIVERSITY

US

 17  

 17  

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

US

 18  

 20  

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

US

 19  

 18  

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

US

 20  

 22  

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU)

AU

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017  http://www.TopUniversities.com/

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