Top Universities in the World : QS World University Rankings 2018
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Top Universities in the World : QS World University Rankings 2018

For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leads the way among top Universities in the World by the QS World University Rankings. Stanford and Harvard retained their positions in second and third place, while Caltech rose one place to fourth to displace the University of Cambridge.

Last week, Quacquarelli Symnonds (QS) has released the 14th edition of the QS World University Rankings, ranking over 950 universities from 84 different countries, providing the resource to refer while deciding which universities to apply to. The ranking identifies excellence in higher education in the most dynamic and fast-growing region in the world.

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay , IIT Delhi (IITD) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, have found a place in the club of top 200 universities in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings 2018. For the first time, India is home to three of the top 200 universities in the world.

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The ranking has been expanded this year to feature 959 universities (43 more than last year) in 84 countries. In 2013, QS became the first compiler of international rankings to be independently audited and approved by the IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence.

QS World University Rankings Methodology

The QS World University rankings are based on four key pillars: research, teaching, employability, and internationalization. The QS World University Rankings provides an index of the world’s leading higher education institutions, based on six performance indicators.

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  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • Faculty/student ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • International faculty
  • International students

The Rankings Provide:

  • A comparative tool to help prospective international students shortlist potential universities on a global scale
  • A rudimentary map of the international higher education landscape, which can, and has been used as a component in both institutional and government strategic decision making.

Top Universities in the World

Rank (in 2018) University Location
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA
2 Stanford University USA
3 Harvard University USA
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) USA
5 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
6 University of Oxford United Kingdom
7 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
8 Imperial College London United Kingdom
9 University of Chicago USA
10 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Swizerland
11 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) Singapore

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Top Universities in the World by Location

Obviously, the above top eleven isn’t much use if studying in the UK, US or Switzerland either doesn’t interest you or isn’t practical. The best university from each of the other 81 countries included in this year’s ranking are mentioned below. Find a top university near to you as per country in the list below – 

Argentina: Universidad de Buenos Aires – ranked 75th

Australia: Australian National University (ANU) – ranked 20th

Austria: Universität Wien – ranked 154th

Azerbaijan: Khazar University – ranked 701-750

Bahrain: Arabian Gulf University – ranked 411-420

Bangladesh: University of Dhaka – ranked 701-750

Belarus: Belarus State University – ranked joint 334th

Belgium: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – ranked joint 71st

Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – ranked 121st

Brunei Darussalam: University of Brunei Darussalam – ranked joint 349th

Bulgaria: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – ranked 701-750

Canada: University of Toronto – ranked 31st

Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – ranked joint 137th

China: Tsinghua University – ranked 25th

Colombia: Universidad Nacional de Colombia – ranked joint 254th

Costa Rica: Universidad de Costa Rica – ranked 411-420

Croatia: University of Zagreb – ranked 601-650

Cuba: Universidad de la Habana – ranked 601-650

Czech Republic: Charles University – ranked joint 314th

Denmark: University of Copenhagen – ranked joint 73rd

Ecuador: Universidad de San Francisco de Quito – ranked 701-750

Egypt: American University in Cairo – ranked joint 395th

Estonia: University of Tartu – ranked joint 314th

Finland: University of Helsinki – ranked joint 102nd

France: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris) – ranked 43rd

Germany: Technische Universität München – ranked 64th

Ghana: University of Ghana – ranked 801-1000

Greece: National Technical University of Athens – ranked 401-410

Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong (HKU) – ranked 26th

Hungary: University of Szeged – ranked 501-550

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India: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) – ranked 172nd

Indonesia: University of Indonesia – ranked joint 277th

Iran: Sharif University of Technology – ranked 471-480

Iraq: University of Baghdad – ranked 501-550

Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem – ranked 145th

Italy: Politecnico di Milano – ranked 170th

Japan: University of Tokyo – ranked joint 28th

Jordan: University of Jordan – ranked 551-600

Kazakhstan: Al-Farabi Kazakh National University – ranked joint 236th

Kenya: University of Nairobi – ranked 801-1000

Kuwait: Kuwait University – ranked 651-700

Latvia: Riga Technical University – ranked 651-700

Lebanon: American University of Beirut (AUB) – ranked 235th

Lithuania: Vilnius University – ranked 401-410

Macao, S.A.R., China: University of Macau – ranked 501-550

Malaysia: Universiti Malaya (UM) – ranked joint 114th

Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) – ranked joint 122nd

Morocco: Université Mohammed V de Rabat – ranked 801-1000

Netherlands: Delft University of Technology – ranked 54th

New Zealand: University of Auckland – ranked joint 82nd

Norway: University of Oslo – ranked joint 142nd

Oman: Sultan Qaboos University – ranked 451-460

Pakistan: National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad – ranked 431-440

Palestine: Birzeit University – ranked 801-1000

Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – ranked 431-440

Philippines: University of the Philippines – ranked joint 367th

Poland: University of Warsaw – ranked 411-420

Portugal: University of Porto – ranked joint 301st

Puerto Rico: Universidad de Puerto Rico – ranked 801-1000

Qatar: Qatar University – ranked joint 349th

Republic of Ireland: Trinity College Dublin (TCD) – ranked 88th

Romania: University of Bucharest – ranked 701-750

Russia: Lomonosov Moscow State University – ranked joint 95th

Saudi Arabia: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) – ranked joint 173rd

Serbia: University of Belgrade – ranked 801-1000

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – ranked 11th

Slovakia: Comenius University in Bratislava – ranked 701-750

Slovenia: University of Ljubljana – ranked 651-700

South Africa: University of Cape Town – ranked 191st

South Korea: Seoul National University (SNU) – ranked joint 36th

Spain: Universitat de Barcelona (UB) – ranked 156th

Sri Lanka: University of Colombo – ranked 751-800

Sweden: Lund University – ranked joint 78th

Taiwan: National Taiwan University (NTU) – ranked joint 76th

Thailand: Culalongkorn University – ranked joint 245th

Turkey: Bilkent University – ranked 421-430

Uganda: Makerere University – ranked 801-1000

Ukraine: V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University – ranked 401-410

United Arab Emirates: United Arab Emirates University – ranked 390th

Uruguay: Universidad de Montevideo – ranked 501-550

Venezuela: Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) and Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) – both ranked 651-700

(Image Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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