MIT has been ranked as the top university in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings. This marks the sixth straight year in which the Institute has been ranked in the No. 1 position. Stanford University came in at second, while prestigious Ivy League university Harvard came in third. MIT earned a perfect overall score of 100.
United Kingdom heavyweights Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and the Imperial College of London all made it inside the top 10.
The 2017-18 rankings was published by Quacquarelli Symonds, an organization specializing in education and study abroad.
Two Swiss universities have been named in the world's top 20 list for 2018, according to the research. ETH Zurich ranked 10th with an overall score of 93.30, dropping two places (last year 8th) while Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) ranked 12th, so it gained two positions (overall score 91,.20). In the Top 100, Switzerland is present with University of Zurich (73th) and University of Geneva (98th).
According to analysis provided by QS, this year’s ranking shows no trend towards people travelling smaller distances to study or leaving their homeland less, which might have been expected in the wake of the rise of anti-immigrant feeling and rising political pressure to control immigration in some countries.
The analysis suggests that if the US and UK become less attractive to mobile students, continental European universities could be among the beneficiaries.
However, the performance of European countries in the rankings is mixed. Germany has the third-highest number of ranked institutions, after the US and UK, with 45, but none in the top 50 and only three in the top 100. France has 39 ranked universities but only two in the top 100. Italy and Spain have none in the top 150.
By contrast Switzerland has six in the top 150, including two at 10th and 12th position and two others in the top 100; and the Netherlands has eight in the top 150, including two in the top 100.
QS surveyed more than 75,000 academics and more than 40,000 employers, to assess university reputation across four areas: teaching, research, internalisation and employability outcomes.
The QS rankings were based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, student-to-faculty ratio, proportion of international faculty, and proportion of international students.
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