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
In 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:
- Academic Reputation (40%) — measured via a global survey, asking academics where the best work is currently taking place within their field of expertise.
- Employer Reputation (10%) — asks graduate employers to identify the universities that in their view produce the best graduates.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Overall Score (out of 100)
|1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||United States||1||100|
|2||Harvard University||United States||3||99.2|
|3||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom||2||99|
|4||UCL (University College London)||United Kingdom||4||98.9|
|5||Imperial College London||United Kingdom||6||98.8|
|6||University of Oxford||United Kingdom||5||98.7|
|7||Stanford University||United States||15||96.8|
|8||Yale University||United States||7||96.5|
|9||University of Chicago||United States||8||96.2|
|10=||California Institute of Technology (Caltech)||United States||10||96.1|
|10=||Princeton University||United States||9||96.1|
|12||ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)||Switzerland||13||94.3|
|13||University of Pennsylvania||United States||12||93.8|
|14||Columbia University||United States||11||93.6|
|15||Cornell University||United States||14||92.5|
|16||Johns Hopkins University||United States||16||92.1|
|17=||University of Edinburgh||United Kingdom||21||91.3|
|17=||University of Toronto||Canada||19||91.3|
|19=||Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||Switzerland||29||90.9|
|19=||King's College London (KCL)||United Kingdom||26||90.9|
|22||University of Michigan||United States||17||90.5|
|23||Duke University||United States||20||90.1|
|24||National University of Singapore (NUS)||Singapore||25||89.4|
|25||University of California, Berkeley (UCB)||United States||22||89|
|26||University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong||23||88.6|
|27||Australian National University||Australia||24||88.5|
|28||Ecole normale supérieure, Paris||France||34||87.8|
|29||Northwestern University||United States||27||87.3|
|30||University of Bristol||United Kingdom||28||86.6|
|31||The University of Melbourne||Australia||36||86|
|32||The University of Tokyo||Japan||30||85.7|
|33||The University of Manchester||United Kingdom||32||85.2|
|34||The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||Hong Kong||33||84.4|
|35=||Seoul National University||Korea, South||37||84.1|
|37||University of Wisconsin-Madison||United States||38||83|
|38||The University of Sydney||Australia||39||82.9|
|39||The Chinese University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong||40||82.3|
|40||University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||United States||31||81.9|
|41=||Nanyang Technological University (NTU)||Singapore||47||81.1|
|43||The University of Queensland||Australia||46||80.9|
|44||New York University (NYU)||United States||43||80.8|
|45||University of Copenhagen||Denmark||51||80.5|
|47||Brown University||United States||42||79.8|
|49||University of British Columbia||Canada||45||79.4|
|51||University of Glasgow||United Kingdom||54||78.9|
|52||The University of New South Wales||Australia||52||78.8|
|53||Technische Universität München||Germany||53||78.5|
|54||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||United States||57||77|
|56||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||United States||56||76.7|
|57||Carnegie Mellon University||United States||49||76.6|
|58||University of Amsterdam||Netherlands||62||76.4|
|59||University of Washington||United States||59||76.2|
|60||KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology||Korea, South||63||75.8|
|61||Trinity College Dublin||Ireland||67||75.1|
|62||University of Birmingham||United Kingdom||77||74.9|
|63||University of California, San Diego (UCSD)||United States||70||74.8|
|64||The University of Warwick||United Kingdom||58||74.5|
|66||Tokyo Institute of Technology||Japan||65||74.2|
|68||London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||United Kingdom||69||73.9|
|69=||University of Helsinki||Finland||78||73.7|
|71=||The University of Sheffield||United Kingdom||66||73.3|
|71=||University of Geneva||Switzerland||74||73.3|
|71=||University of Texas at Austin||United States||68||73.3|
|75=||The University of Nottingham||United Kingdom||72||73.1|
|77||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven||Belgium||82||73|
|78||University of Zurich||Switzerland||90||72.9|
|79=||Boston University||United States||64||72.5|
|82||National Taiwan University (NTU)||Taiwan||80||72|
|83||University of St Andrews||United Kingdom||93||71.6|
|84||The University of Western Australia||Australia||79||71.4|
|85||University of California, Davis||United States||100||71.3|
|86=||University of Southampton||United Kingdom||73||71|
|86=||Washington University in St. Louis||United States||84||71|
|89||University of Oslo||Norway||111||70.6|
|90||Durham University||United Kingdom||92||70.4|
|92=||Erasmus University Rotterdam||Netherlands||99||70.2|
|92=||Université de Montréal||Canada||114||70.2|
|94||The University of Auckland||New Zealand||83||69.8|
|95||Delft University of Technology||Netherlands||103||69.4|
|96||University of Alberta||Canada||108||69.3|
|97=||University of Groningen||Netherlands||109||69.2|
|97=||University of Leeds||United Kingdom||94||69.2|
|99=||Georgia Institute of Technology||United States||88||68.4|
|99=||Purdue University||United States||95||68.4|
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)