The annual QS World University Rankings 2021 have been announced and here’s what to know about the 20 top universities around the world. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a leading global career and education network who publishes ‘QS World University Rankings’ which comprises the global overall and subject rankings on a basis of specific methodology used to highlight institutions’ strengths.
Six parameters for the evaluation:
- Academic Reputation (40%)
- Employer Reputation (10%)
- Faculty/Student Ratio (20%)
- Citations per faculty (20%)
- International Faculty Ratio (5%)
- International Student Ratio (5%)
QS World University Rankings 2021
|1||1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||USA||100|
|4||5||California Institute of Technology||USA||97|
|5||4||University of Oxford||UK||96.7|
|7||7||University of Cambridge||UK||94.3|
|8||9||Imperial College London||UK||93.6|
|9||10||University of Chicago||USA||93.1|
|10||8||University College London||UK||92.9|
|11||11=||National University of Singapore||Singapore||91.5|
|13||11=||Nanyang Technological University (NTU)||Singapore||89.9|
|14||18=||Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)||Switzerland||89.6|
|15||16||Tsinghua University||China (Mainland)||89.2|
|16||15||University of Pennsylvania||USA||88.6|
|20||20||University of Edinburgh||UK||85.8|
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) stands the world’s best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year, followed by Stanford University in the 2nd place and Harvard University in 3rd place.
- The National University of Singapore standing at 11th position is Asia’s top university.
- British and American Institutes dominate the top 10 spots.
- Among the Indian Institutes to feature in the list, IISc, Bengaluru was at the 185 (ranked 184 in the prior year).IIT Bombay came in at position 172 (dropping from 152 last year). IIT Delhi was standing at 193 (as against 182 last year).
- Universities in Malaysia and Russia continue to rise: Lomonosov Moscow State University stands at 74th and Universiti Malaya (59th) reach record highs.
Top 10 Universities in the World 2021
According to annual QS World University Rankings 2021:
A private research university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has played a key role in the development of many aspects of technology, modern science, engineering, and, mathematics. The university also has a strong entrepreneurial culture and is popularly known for its innovation and academic strength.
2/10 Stanford University
A private research university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located in Stanford, California. The university is noted for its entrepreneurship and is organized around 7 schools consisting of academic departments and professionals schools in law, education, medicine, and business.
3/10 Harvard University
A private Ivy League research university, Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The university has the world’s largest academic library system holding about 20.4 million items. Established in 1636, it is the oldest institution and prestigious in the world of higher learning.
A private research university, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is located in Pasadena, California. The university is primarily devoted to the instruction of pure and applied sciences.
5/10 University of Oxford
A collegiate research university, University of Oxford is located in Oxford, England. The university is made up of six permanent private halls, 39 semi-autonomous constituent colleges, and consist of academic departments which are then divided into four divisions.
6/10 ETH Zurich
A public research university, ETH Zurich is located in Zürich, Switzerland. The school focuses exclusively on technology, science, engineering and mathematics. Established in 1855, the school was founded by Swiss Federal Government with the stated mission to educate scientists and engineers.
A collegiate research university, University of Cambridge is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The university has over 100 academic departments divided into six schools and has 31 semi-autonomous constituent Colleges. It is the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university.
A public research university, Imperial College London is located in London. The college focuses exclusively on technology, science, medicine and business. Its main campus is located in South Kensington, a research field station at Silwood Park, an innovation campus in White City, and teaching hospitals throughout London.
A private research university, University of Chicago is located in Chicago, Illinois. The scholars of the University of Chicago have played a key role in the development of many academic disciplines, including literary criticism, economics, law, mathematics, sociology, religion, and the behavioralism school of political science.
A public research university, University College London, officially known as UCL is located in London, United Kingdom. UCL is organised into 11 constituent faculties, research centres, over 100 departments, and institutes.