American and UK universities dominate rankings of ‘World’s Best’

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has retained the top spot for the fourth year running in the annual QS World University Rankings.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
All but one of the top ten places have gone to either US or UK institutions in this year's rankings, which uses six performance indicators to assess universities' global reputations, research impacts, staffing levels and international complexion.The one exception in the top ten this year was Switzerland's ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), which broke in at No 9. Another Swiss institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, climbed three places to come in at No 14, while Singapore's two universities have made huge strides up the table to 12th and 13th.However, it was the American and British institutions that claimed most of the top honours in rankings compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds, a UK-based company specialising in education and study abroad.Harvard University climbed two places to rank second, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University in joint third. These were followed by California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London, ETH Zurich and the University of Chicago.London was the only city to boast four universities in the top 50, with King's College and the London School of Economics also making the list.Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, commented, "London is unequivocally the education capital of the world."With four of our universities in the top 40, 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."QS said in a statement, "There's also strong progress from Singapore's two leaders, which are now just one place apart; the National University of Singapore climbs 10 places to rank 12th, while Nanyang Technological University 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 in joint 19th. France makes its first appearance with the École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris) in 23rd place, followed by Canada's McGill University in 24th. China's top entrant, Tsinghua University, climbs 22 places to rank 25th, while the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology gains 12 positions to reach 28th."Don't miss the mid-Autumn publication of our Guide to International Education & Schools. Click here for more detailsFor more Re:locate news and features about education, click here

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