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QS World University Rankings 2015/16 Out Now!


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Todays release (http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2015) sees the Massachusetts


Institute of Technology (MIT) retain the top spot in the QS World University Rankings for the fourth year running, with
Harvard University climbing two places to rank second, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University in joint
third.

This is the 12th edition of QSs annual ranking of the worlds top universities, which uses six performance indicators
(http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/world-university-rankings/qs-world-university-rankingsmethodology) to assess institutions global reputation, research impact, staffing levels and international complexion.
MIT first topped the table in 2012 and has remained there ever since, with the ranking having previously been headed by both
Harvard and Cambridge.
While the Massachusetts-based tech school continues its reign in first place, the remainder of the top 10 has undergone a
reshuffling, with some of these changes partly due to improvements to the way in which research citations are assessed
(http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/world-university-rankings/changes-qs-world-university-rankingsmethodology) this year.

Top 10 Universities in the World


Based on the QS World University Rankings 2015/16

Ranking in
2015/16

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Ranking in
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/massachusetts-institutetechnology-mit/undergrad)

US

Harvard University
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/harvarduniversity/undergrad)

US

University of Cambridge
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/universitycambridge/undergrad)

3=

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UK

Stanford University
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/stanforduniversity/undergrad)

3=

US

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/california-institutetechnology-caltech/undergrad)

US

University of Oxford
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/universityoxford/undergrad)

5=

UK

University College London (UCL)


(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/ucl-university-collegelondon/postgrad)

5=

UK

Imperial College London


(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/imperial-collegelondon/undergrad)

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UK

12

Switzerland

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)


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(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/eth-zurich-swiss-federalinstitute-technology/undergrad)
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institute-technology/undergrad)
University of Chicago
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/universitychicago/undergrad)

10

11

US

Switzerlands ETH Zurich enters the top 10 for the first time this year, while fellow Swiss institute cole Polytechnique Fdrale
de Lausanne (EPFL) (http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/epfl-ecole-polytechnique-f%C3%A9d%C3%A9rale-delausanne/undergrad) is not far behind, climbing three places to 14th. Theres also strong progress from Singapores two leaders,
which are now just one place apart; the National University of Singapore (NUS)
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/national-university-singapore-nus/undergrad) climbs 10 places to rank 12th, while
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/nanyang-technological-universitysingapore-ntu/undergrad) rises 26 places to 13th.
A total of 82 countries are represented in the QS World University Rankings this year, with the largest shares claimed by the US
(154), UK (71), Germany (43) and France (41). Japan has 38 entries, Australia 33, China 30, Canada and Italy 26 apiece, Brazil 22
and Russia 21.
After the US, UK, Switzerland and Singapore, the highest entry is claimed by Australia, with the Australian National University
(ANU) (http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/australian-national-university/undergrad) in joint 19th. France makes its first
appearance with the cole Normale Suprieure (ENS Paris) (http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/ecole-normalesup%C3%A9rieure-paris/undergrad) in 23rd place, followed by Canadas McGill University
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/mcgill-university/undergrad) in 24th. Chinas top entrant, Tsinghua University
(http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/tsinghua-university/undergrad), climbs 22 places to rank 25th, while the Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/hong-kong-university-sciencetechnology/undergrad) gains 12 positions to reach 28th.
This years release sees refinements introduced to the ranking methodology, aiming to improve the way in which research
citations are assessed. A normalized total citation count has been introduced to the research citations indicator, to reflect
differing citation rate norms in different faculty areas. You can find out about these changes and their impact here
(http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/world-university-rankings/changes-qs-world-university-rankingsmethodology).
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The overall results are accompanied by the QS World University Rankings by Faculty (http://www.topuniversities.com/facultyrankings), which highlight the worlds top universities in five individual faculty areas: arts and humanities, engineering and
technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.
Explore the results in full with the interactive online tables, or download the free app (available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qs-world-university-rankings/id924021289?ls=1&mt=8)and also forAndroid
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qs.qsrankings).) Join the conversation on Twitter
(https://twitter.com/TopUnis)andFacebook (https://www.facebook.com/topuniversities?fref=ts) with #QSWUR.

See the full QS World University Rankings 2015/16

Written by Laura Bridgestock (/users/laura-bridgestock)


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The editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums (http://www.topuniversities.com/studentforum). She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide (http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/qs-guides/qs-top-grad-school-guide-20142015) and contributes to market research reports including Students Online: Global Trends
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Henry A., 4 days ago

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Every year QS has an interesting list, but shouldn't it be renamed "The Best English-Speaking Universities"?
Germany, especially Bavaria, produces probably the best engineers in the world, but Technische Universitt
Mnchen is ranked #60. Karolinska Institutet is probaby the best medical university in the world, but it doesn't
make the list. Chalmers Tekniska Hgskola and the University of Copenhagen aren't in the top 100, despite having
propelled Sweden and Denmark to a higher BNP per Capita (nominal) than the US and, by far, the UK.
This list is a fun read, but it's not representative of global higher education.

Sabrina Collier (/users/sabrina-collier), 3 days ago

(/comment/19001#comment-19001)

Hi Henry, and thank you for your interest in our rankings. I'm sorry you were disappointed with some of the
results - you might like to take a look at our methodology (http://www.topuniversities.com/universityrankings-articles/world-university-rankings/qs-world-university-rankings-methodology), as we do aim to rank
universities as fairly as possible.Karolinska Institutet is not featured in the main rankings because it is not a
multi-faculty institution, but its excellent medical teaching is recognised in the top 10 of the rankings by
faculty for Life Sciences and Medicine. (http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/facultyrankings/life-sciences-and-medicine/2015#sorting=rank+region=+country=+faculty=+stars=false+search=)

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