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US gains, UK suffers and Singapore shines in new QS Rankings shake-up

The 2015 QS World Rankings methodology shake-up sees drastic changes

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Two Singaporean universities have entered the top 15 in this year’s QS World University Rankings


The US has improved its position, the UK has suffered and two Singaporean universities have entered the top 15 in this year’s newly adapted QS World University Rankings.

Changes to methodology have seen more recognition placed on arts and humanities after QS acknowledged that while medical sciences accounted for more citations due to the subject’s stronger publishing culture, the arts have not been as well represented, despite often accounting for larger numbers of students.

The shake-up has seen four US universities improve their position, while four UK universities dropped at least one place.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US retains the top spot for the fourth year in row, followed by Harvard and in third equal place are Cambridge (2nd last year) and Stanford (7th last year).

Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) rocketed an impressive 26 spots to 13th place, and along with the National University of Singapore (NUS), both public institutions are also benefitting from a government investment in higher education.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said: “Having two universities ranked in the world’s top 15 is a remarkable and timely achievement for Singapore, as it celebrates its 50th year of independence this year.

“Singapore is one of Asia's great success stories, transforming itself from a developing country to modern First World metropolis in one generation. Singapore is a nation that believes in education, and the latest QS ranking results show that Singapore’s continuous investment in education has paid off.”

The UK may have suffered this year, but London is now the only city in the world with four universities in the top 50.

Universities like the London School of Economics, which rose from 71st to 35th, are helping cement the city’s reputation as a world-leading educational hub.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The city’s education sector is going from strength to strength.”

Attracting the world’s top talent and producing the next generation of great thinkers and leaders."

The QS top 100 world universities

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2. Harvard University
3= University of Cambridge
3= Stanford University
5. California Institute of Technology (CALTECH)
6. University of Oxford
7. UCL (University College London)
8. Imperial College London
9. Eth Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
10. University of Chicago
11. Princeton University
12. National University of Singapore (NUS)
13. Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
14. École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
15. Yale University
16. Johns Hopkins University
17. Cornell University
18. University of Pennsylvania
19= Australian National University (ANU)
19= Kings College London KCL)
21. University of Edinburgh


See the full list here.

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Katie Duncan is Editor of Hotcourses Abroad and is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and University of Exeter graduate. Having worked at an English language school in the UK, as an educational consultant in Spain and as a reporter in the international education sector, she is well placed to guide you through your study abroad journey. Katie grew up in Australia, which perhaps explains her unusual reptile collection, comprising of a bearded dragon (Bill) and tortoise (Matilda).