2014/2015 QS Survey: Top 100 Universities in the World

The Top 3 universities in the world are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge, and Imperial College London, according to the 2014 QS Ranking of the World’s Top 100 Universities released last week.

Perennial top university Harvard University fell to No. 4 this year, while Philippine universities struggled anew, with no local university making it in the Top 300 ranking.

QS Ranking: World's Top 100 UniversitiesThe QS World University Rankings is an annual compilation of the top schools and universities around the world. UK-based education services company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) publishes the rankings every year.

American universities continue to dominate the rankings followed by UK schools. In the Top 100 Universities list this year, the breakdown of schools by country is as follows:

  • United States – 28% of Top 100 universities
  • United Kingdom – 19%
  • Australia – 8%
  • Netherlands – 6%
  • Canada – 5%
  • Japan – 5%
  • Switzerland – 4%
  • China – 3%
  • Germany – 3%
  • Hong Kong – 3%
  • South Korea – 3%

The world’s best 100 schools this year is summarized below, together with their comparative rank in 2013.

2014/2015 QS Ranking of World’s Top 100 Universities

2014 QS RankUniversityCountry2013 QS Rank
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States1
2University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom3
2Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom5
4Harvard UniversityUnited States2
5University of OxfordUnited Kingdom6
5UCL (University College London)United Kingdom4
7Stanford UniversityUnited States7
8California Institute of Technology (Caltech)United States10
9Princeton UniversityUnited States10
10Yale UniversityUnited States8
11University of ChicagoUnited States9
12ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)Switzerland12
13University of PennsylvaniaUnited States13
14Columbia UniversityUnited States14
14Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States16
16King's College London (KCL)United Kingdom19
17University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom17
17Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland19
19Cornell UniversityUnited States15
20University of TorontoCanada17
21McGill UniversityCanada21
22National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore24
23University of MichiganUnited States22
24Ecole normale supérieure, ParisFrance28
25Australian National UniversityAustralia27
25Duke UniversityUnited States23
27University of California, Berkeley (UCB)United States25
28University of Hong KongHong Kong26
29University of BristolUnited Kingdom30
30The University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom33
31The University of TokyoJapan32
31Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea35
33The University of MelbourneAustralia31
34Northwestern UniversityUnited States29
35Ecole PolytechniqueFrance41
36Kyoto UniversityJapan35
37University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)United States40
37The University of SydneyAustralia38
39Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Singapore41
40The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong34
41New York University (NYU)United States44
41University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States37
43University of British ColumbiaCanada49
43The University of QueenslandAustralia43
45University of CopenhagenDenmark45
46The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong39
47Tsinghua UniversityChina48
48The University of New South WalesAustralia52
49Ruprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergGermany50
50University of AmsterdamNetherlands58
51KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea60
52Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGermany65
52Brown UniversityUnited States47
54Technische Universität MünchenGermany53
55Osaka UniversityJapan55
55University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom51
57Peking UniversityChina46
57University of ZurichSwitzerland78
59University of California, San Diego (UCSD)United States63
60Lund UniversitySweden67
61The University of WarwickUnited Kingdom64
62University of North Carolina, Chapel HillUnited States54
63University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States56
64University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom62
65University of WashingtonUnited States59
65Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States57
67University of HelsinkiFinland69
68Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan66
69The University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom71
70Monash UniversityAustralia69
71Fudan UniversityChina88
71London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)United Kingdom68
71Tohoku UniversityJapan75
71Trinity College DublinIreland61
75Leiden UniversityNetherlands74
76National Taiwan University (NTU)Taiwan82
77The University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom75
78Boston UniversityUnited States79
79University of Texas at AustinUnited States71
80Utrecht UniversityNetherlands81
81Uppsala UniversitySweden79
82Katholieke Universiteit (KU) LeuvenBelgium77
83Université de MontréalCanada92
84University of AlbertaCanada96
85University of GenevaSwitzerland71
86Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands95
86Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH)South Korea107
88University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom83
89The University of Western AustraliaAustralia84
90University of GroningenNetherlands97
90Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands92
92The University of AucklandNew Zealand94
92Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom90
94University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom86
95University of California, DavisUnited States85
96Aarhus UniversityDenmark91
97University of LeedsUnited Kingdom97
98Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)United Kingdom115
99Washington University in St. LouisUnited States86
100The University of AdelaideAustralia104

Philippine University Rankings: UP, Ateneo, La Salle

The Philippines’ best schools are nowhere near the Top 100 list. The country’s top university is the University of the Philippines (UP) which placed 367th, up from 380th in the 2013-2014 list. UP’s best ranking was No. 262 in 2009.

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) jumped to 461-470 ranking this year, an improvement from 500-550 in 2013. Ateneo’s best performance was at 360th place in 2011.

De La Salle University (DLSU), meanwhile, dropped to 651-700th place in 2014, down from 601+ in the 2013 ranking.

The University of Sto. Tomas (UST) remained at the 650-and-below level this year.

QS Ranking Criteria

The QS rankings of the Top Universities 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. Faculty-to-Student 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 Student Ratio (5%) — measures international diversity of the student community.
  6. International Faculty/Staff Ratio (5%) — measures international diversity of academic faculty. While a highly international faculty body 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.

Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

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