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US and UK universities continue to dominate the rankings of the World’s Top Universities – annually published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) — while Philippine schools struggled with the country’s top university barely getting into the top 400 list.

Top 3 : MIT, Harvard, Cambridge

QS Ranking: World's Top 100 UniversitiesIn the latest QS ranking of universities published in September 2013, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remained as the world’s best university, ranking No. 1 for two consecutive years now.

Harvard University, which topped the QS ranking from 2004 until 2009, is in second place while the University of Cambridge, which topped the list in 2010 and 2011, ranked 3rd.

QS World University Rankings is an annual compilation of the top schools around the world since 2004. In the 2013/2014 ranking, around 800 universities were ranked although more than 2,000 schools in total we assessed.

QS Ranking Criteria

The QS rankings consider six (6) criteria in the assessment:

  1. Academic Reputation (40%) — measured via a global survey, asking academics where the best work is currently taking place within their field of expertise.
  2. Employer Reputation (10%) — asks graduate employers to identify the universities that in their view produce the best graduates.
  3. Student-to-Faculty ratio (20%) – a measure of the number of academic staff employed for every student enrolled, providing an insight into which universities are well equipped to provide small class sizes and a good degree of individual supervision.
  4. Citations per Faculty (20%) — assesses universities’ research output. A citation is a piece of research being cited within another piece of research. Generally, the more often a piece of research is cited by others, the more influential it is.
  5. International Faculty Ratio (5%) — measures international diversity of academic faculty. While a highly international faculty body or studentry is not in itself a measure of quality, there is a clear correlation, according to QS, between international intake and success in other areas such as academic reputation and research citations.
  6. International Student Ratio (5%) – measures international diversity of the student community.

American universities continue to dominate the rankings followed by UK schools. U.S. universities occupied more than half of the spots in the Top 20 and represent around one-third of the Top 100. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, has 19 universities in the Top 100 and 30 in the Top 200.

Philippine University Rankings: UP, Ateneo, La Salle

Philippine schools fared relatively poor in the rankings. Although the University of the Philippines (UP) remains as the top higher educational institution in the country, it is ranked 380th worldwide. Among 300 universities surveyed in Asia, UP ranks 67th.

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Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), meanwhile, was part of the group of universities ranked between 501 and 550. De La Salle University (DLSU) was grouped in the ranking from 601 to 650, while the University of Santo Tomas (UST) was in the 701+ group.

The world’s best 100 schools in 2013/2014 as compiled by QS is as follows.

2013/2014 QS Ranking of World’s Top 100 Universities

2013/2014 Rank
2012/2013 Rank
Overall Score (out of 100)
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States1100
2Harvard UniversityUnited States399.2
3University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom299
4UCL (University College London)United Kingdom498.9
5Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom698.8
6University of OxfordUnited Kingdom598.7
7Stanford UniversityUnited States1596.8
8Yale UniversityUnited States796.5
9University of ChicagoUnited States896.2
10=California Institute of Technology (Caltech)United States1096.1
10=Princeton UniversityUnited States996.1
12ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)Switzerland1394.3
13University of PennsylvaniaUnited States1293.8
14Columbia UniversityUnited States1193.6
15Cornell UniversityUnited States1492.5
16Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States1692.1
17=University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom2191.3
17=University of TorontoCanada1991.3
19=Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland2990.9
19=King's College London (KCL)United Kingdom2690.9
21McGill UniversityCanada1890.6
22University of MichiganUnited States1790.5
23Duke UniversityUnited States2090.1
24National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore2589.4
25University of California, Berkeley (UCB)United States2289
26University of Hong KongHong Kong2388.6
27Australian National UniversityAustralia2488.5
28Ecole normale supérieure, ParisFrance3487.8
29Northwestern UniversityUnited States2787.3
30University of BristolUnited Kingdom2886.6
31The University of MelbourneAustralia3686
32The University of TokyoJapan3085.7
33The University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom3285.2
34The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong3384.4
35=Kyoto UniversityJapan3584.1
35=Seoul National UniversityKorea, South3784.1
37University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States3883
38The University of SydneyAustralia3982.9
39The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong4082.3
40University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)United States3181.9
41=Ecole PolytechniqueFrance4181.1
41=Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Singapore4781.1
43The University of QueenslandAustralia4680.9
44New York University (NYU)United States4380.8
45University of CopenhagenDenmark5180.5
46Peking UniversityChina4480
47Brown UniversityUnited States4279.8
48Tsinghua UniversityChina4879.7
49University of British ColumbiaCanada4579.4
50Ruprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergGermany5579.3
51University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom5478.9
52The University of New South WalesAustralia5278.8
53Technische Universität MünchenGermany5378.5
54University of North Carolina, Chapel HillUnited States5777
55Osaka UniversityJapan5076.9
56University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States5676.7
57Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States4976.6
58University of AmsterdamNetherlands6276.4
59University of WashingtonUnited States5976.2
60KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & TechnologyKorea, South6375.8
61Trinity College DublinIreland6775.1
62University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom7774.9
63University of California, San Diego (UCSD)United States7074.8
64The University of WarwickUnited Kingdom5874.5
65Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGermany6074.4
66Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan6574.2
67Lund UniversitySweden7174
68London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)United Kingdom6973.9
69=Monash UniversityAustralia6173.7
69=University of HelsinkiFinland7873.7
71=The University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom6673.3
71=University of GenevaSwitzerland7473.3
71=University of Texas at AustinUnited States6873.3
74Leiden UniversityNetherlands7573.2
75=The University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom7273.1
75=Tohoku UniversityJapan7573.1
77Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium8273
78University of ZurichSwitzerland9072.9
79=Boston UniversityUnited States6472.5
79=Uppsala UniversitySweden8172.5
81Utrecht UniversityNetherlands8572.3
82National Taiwan University (NTU)Taiwan8072
83University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom9371.6
84The University of Western AustraliaAustralia7971.4
85University of California, DavisUnited States10071.3
86=University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom7371
86=Washington University in St. LouisUnited States8471
88Fudan UniversityChina9070.8
89University of OsloNorway11170.6
90Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom9270.4
91Aarhus UniversityDenmark8970.3
92=Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands9970.2
92=Université de MontréalCanada11470.2
94The University of AucklandNew Zealand8369.8
95Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands10369.4
96University of AlbertaCanada10869.3
97=University of GroningenNetherlands10969.2
97=University of LeedsUnited Kingdom9469.2
99=Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States8868.4
99=Nagoya UniversityJapan8668.4
99=Purdue UniversityUnited States9568.4

Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

See also: 2014 QS Ranking of Asian Universities – Complete List

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