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MIT outshines Stanford and Cambridge

In first ever QS World University Rankings® for technical subjects

-    MIT tops all five rankings: Computer Sciences; Chemical; Civil; Electrical; Mechanical Engineering.
-    Stanford and Cambridge divide second places
-    30 subjects to be ranked in coming weeks on www.topuniversities.com along with a personalised ranking tool to help students make the right choice
-    Best -performing  universities in Asia: NUS and Tokyo; India:  IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay; China: Tsinghua and Peking;  Australia: Melbourne;  Continental Europe: ETH Zurich; Canada: Toronto; Latin America: UNAM and Universidad de Buenos Aires


The first ever QS World University Rankings® by Subject shows MIT to be the world’s leading university in computer science and four areas of engineering, based on employer reputation, academic reputation and research quality.


Over 50,000,000 people have viewed QS World University Rankings® in the past 12 months and there has been overwhelming demand for more detailed subject rankings incorporating a unique combination of employability and research quality metrics.  The QS methodology has been tailored to each subject, in consultation with the QS Global Academic Advisory Board.


“QS World University Rankings® use of academic and employer review data is a real market differentiator”, states Paul Thurman, a leading data analyst and professor at Columbia University in New York and a member of the Advisory Board; “not only because of the sample sizes, which are industry-leading, but because of the way QS takes the data from the surveys and is able to extract meaningful results and interpretations”.


“The new QS World University Rankings® by Subject respond to a need for comparative data at a more granular level”, says Ben Sowter, Head of QS Intelligence Unit, which produces the rankings. “ “In many countries students are being charged more than ever before for their degrees. So  assessing the potential career outcomes of one’s study choice is becoming increasingly important. QS rankings are unique in taking on board the views of global employers”.


"It is a great development to see subject rankings as a refinement of the usual university rankings,” says Sej Butler, EMEA Recruitment Manager, IBM. “This will help students and employers look to those courses in more detail within a wider context."


The news that the opinions of employers do not always correlate with those of academics will raise eyebrows among prospective students. The results are published in separate data columns on www.topuniversities.com, allowing users to personally rank according to each indicator.


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QS World University Rankings® - Computer Science – 2011

The complete rankings of the top 200 universities is available on www.topuniversities.com

Rank

Institution

Country

Score

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

85.6

2

Stanford University

United States

83.1

3

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

75.5

4

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

United States

75.4

5

Harvard University

United States

71.6

6

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

71.3

7

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States

68.0

8

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

United States

59.3

9

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

United States

56.7

10

University of Toronto

Canada

55.5

11

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland

54.8

12

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

54.7

13

Princeton University

United States

54.6

14

Cornell University

United States

53.3

15

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

52.9

16

Yale University

United States

52.1

17

Columbia University

United States

50.8

18

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

United States

49.8

19=

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

47.7

19=

University of Chicago

United States

47.7

19=

University of Melbourne

Australia

47.7

19=

University of Michigan

United States

47.7

23

McGill University

Canada

45.1

24

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

United States

44.9

25

University of Washington

United States

44.8

26=

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong

44.2

26=

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Canada

44.2

28

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

United States

44.1

29

Purdue University

United States

43.3

30

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

43.1

31

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

42.8

32=

École Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS Paris)

France

42.7

32=

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

42.7

34

Australian National University (ANU)

Australia

42.5

35

University of Tokyo, The

Japan

42.1

36

University of Waterloo

Canada

41.5

37

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

United States

41.3

38

University of Sydney

Australia

40.3

39

New York University (NYU)

United States

39.7

40

University of Auckland

New Zealand

39.6

41

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Hong Kong

38.5

42

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Australia

38.1

43=

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

India

37.7

43=

Tsinghua University

China

37.7

45

Peking University

China

37.6

46

University of Basel

Switzerland

37.5

47

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

37.4

48

University of Queensland (UQ)

Australia

37.2

49

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

United Kingdom

37.1

50

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

India

36.9

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2011 www.topuniversities.com - All rights reserved
In order to qualify for inclusion in the QS World University Rankings® - Computer Science 2011, universities must offer a course or the option to specialize in these disciplines, and meet the discipline specific threshold for papers published.

QS World University Rankings® - Civil Engineering – 2011

The complete rankings of the top 200 universities is available on www.topuniversities.com

Rank

Institution

Country

Score

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

84.6

2

Stanford University

United States

76.6

3

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

74.1

4

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

United States

70.9

5

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

68.3

6

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

62.4

7

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

61.2

8

University of Tokyo, The

Japan

59.6

9

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States

59.1

10

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland

54.0

11

University of Melbourne

Australia

51.9

12

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

United States

51.8

13

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Netherlands

51.5

14

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

United States

49.7

15

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

United States

49.3

16

Cornell University

United States

48.2

17

Tsinghua University

China

48.0

18

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Singapore

47.7

19

University of Michigan

United States

47.3

20

University of Toronto

Canada

47.1

21

University of Sydney

Australia

47.0

22

Kyoto University

Japan

46.8

23

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Australia

46.7

24

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

United States

45.2

25

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Hong Kong

44.9

26

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

United States

44.8

27

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

44.4

28

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

44.1

29

Purdue University

United States

43.4

30

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

India

43.1

31

Columbia University

United States

42.6

32

Princeton University

United States

42.5

33

McGill University

Canada

42.2

34=

Peking University

China

41.1

34=

University of Queensland (UQ)

Australia

41.1

36

Monash University

Australia

40.9

37

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Canada

40.7

38

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

India

39.7

39

University of Auckland

New Zealand

39.2

40

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

39.0

41

University of Waterloo

Canada

38.9

42

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong

38.8

43=

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

India

38.5

43=

Lund University

Sweden

38.5

45

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

38.4

46

Politecnico di Milano

Italy

38.3

47

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

38.1

48

KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

Korea, South

38.0

49

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

India

37.7

50

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

37.1

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2011 www.topuniversities.com - All rights reserved
In order to qualify for inclusion in the QS World University Rankings® - Civil Engineering 2011, universities must offer a course or the option to specialize in these disciplines, and meet the discipline specific threshold for papers published.

QS World University Rankings® - Electrical Engineering – 2011

The complete rankings of the top 200 universities is available on www.topuniversities.com

Rank

Institution

Country

Score

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

82.5

2

Stanford University

United States

79.6

3

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

74.3

4

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

United States

73.1

5

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

73.0

6

Harvard University

United States

72.0

7

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States

65.1

8

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

United States

63.8

9

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

60.6

10

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

55.9

11

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland

55.0

12

Princeton University

United States

53.2

13

University of Toronto

Canada

51.7

14

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

United States

51.1

15

University of Melbourne

Australia

50.8

16

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

United States

49.4

17

University of Tokyo, The

Japan

49.3

18

University of Michigan

United States

48.8

19

Cornell University

United States

48.6

20

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

48.5

21=

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

45.4

21=

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Hong Kong

45.4

23

Columbia University

United States

45.3

24

École Polytechnique, ParisTech

France

45.0

25=

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

United States

44.9

25=

Yale University

United States

44.9

27

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

44.8

28=

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong

44.5

28=

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

United States

44.5

30

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Canada

44.4

31

McGill University

Canada

43.7

32=

New York University (NYU)

United States

43.3

32=

Purdue University

United States

43.3

34

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Australia

42.0

35

Monash University

Australia

41.8

36=

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Singapore

40.8

36=

Peking University

China

40.8

38

University of Sydney

Australia

40.7

39

Australian National University (ANU)

Australia

40.6

40

Tsinghua University

China

40.4

41

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

India

40.2

42=

Kyoto University

Japan

39.6

42=

University of Auckland

New Zealand

39.6

44

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

United States

39.4

45

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

39.3

46

University of Waterloo

Canada

38.8

47

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Netherlands

38.6

48

UCL (University College London)

United Kingdom

38.1

49=

Northwestern University

United States

37.9

49=

Seoul National University (SNU)

Korea, South

37.9

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2011 www.topuniversities.com - All rights reserved
In order to qualify for inclusion in the QS World University Rankings® - Electrical Engineering 2011, universities must offer a course or the option to specialize in these disciplines, and meet the discipline specific threshold for papers published.

 

QS World University Rankings® - Mechanical Engineering – 2011

The complete rankings of the top 200 universities is available on www.topuniversities.com

Rank

Institution

Country

Score

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

83.9

2

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

80.2

3

Harvard University

United States

76.4

4

Stanford University

United States

74.9

5

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

United States

70.5

6

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

65.9

7

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

64.2

8

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

United States

62.4

9

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States

60.8

10

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

57.0

11

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland

55.0

12

Cornell University

United States

54.6

13

Yale University

United States

52.2

14

University of Michigan

United States

52.1

15

Princeton University

United States

52.0

16

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

51.4

17

University of Melbourne

Australia

51.0

18

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

48.4

19

University of Tokyo, The

Japan

47.7

20

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

United States

47.3

21

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

United States

46.6

22

Northwestern University

United States

46.4

23

Columbia University

United States

46.2

24

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

United States

45.7

25

Brown University

United States

45.6

26

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

45.5

27

University of Sydney

Australia

44.9

28

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

United States

44.7

29

École Polytechnique, ParisTech

France

44.6

30

Purdue University

United States

44.4

31

University of Toronto

Canada

43.9

32

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Netherlands

42.3

33

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Singapore

42.2

34

McGill University

Canada

42.1

35

Peking University

China

41.7

36

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Germany

41.4

37

Rice University

United States

40.3

38

Tsinghua University

China

40.0

39

Duke University

United States

39.2

40=

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

India

38.8

40=

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

United States

38.8

40=

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

38.8

43

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

United States

38.3

44=

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong

37.8

44=

Seoul National University (SNU)

Korea, South

37.8

46

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Australia

37.7

47=

RWTH Aachen

Germany

37.6

47=

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

37.6

49=

KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

Korea, South

37.5

49=

Monash University

Australia

37.5

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2011 www.topuniversities.com - All rights reserved
In order to qualify for inclusion in the QS World University Rankings® - Mechanical Engineering 2011, universities must offer a course or the option to specialize in these disciplines, and meet the discipline specific threshold for papers published.

 

QS World University Rankings® - Chemical Engineering – 2011

The complete rankings of the top 200 universities is available on www.topuniversities.com

Rank

Institution

Country

Score

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

90.1

2

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

79.3

3

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

United States

77.7

4

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

74.9

5

Stanford University

United States

74.0

6

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

United States

66.1

7

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States

62.5

8

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

62.0

9

Yale University

United States

61.4

10

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

58.3

11

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland

57.8

12

University of Melbourne

Australia

56.8

13

Princeton University

United States

55.2

14

University of Toronto

Canada

54.6

15

McGill University

Canada

53.6

16

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

United States

53.3

17

University of Michigan

United States

53.2

18

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

52.3

19=

Cornell University

United States

51.0

19=

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

United States

51.0

21

University of Tokyo, The

Japan

50.7

22

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Netherlands

48.8

23

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

48.3

24

Columbia University

United States

48.1

25

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

48.0

26

Northwestern University

United States

47.7

27

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

United States

46.7

28

University of Washington

United States

46.5

29

University of Queensland (UQ)

Australia

46.4

30=

Purdue University

United States

46.2

30=

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Australia

46.2

32

Peking University

China

46.1

33

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

United States

45.7

34

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

United States

45.5

35=

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

45.1

35=

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

45.1

37

Kyoto University

Japan

43.9

38

Rice University

United States

43.7

39

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Germany

43.4

40

Johns Hopkins University

United States

43.1

41

University of Minnesota

United States

42.2

42=

Tsinghua University

China

42.0

42=

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

United States

42.0

44=

Tufts University

United States

41.6

44=

University of Sydney

Australia

41.6

46

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Canada

41.5

47

Monash University

Australia

41.1

48

Seoul National University (SNU)

Korea, South

40.9

49

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Singapore

40.6

50

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)

India

40.5

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2011 www.topuniversities.com - All rights reserved
In order to qualify for inclusion in the QS World University Rankings® - Chemical Engineering 2011, universities must offer a course or the option to specialize in these disciplines, and meet the discipline specific threshold for papers published.

Notes for editors

QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Since 1990, QS has become established as the world’s leading network for top careers and education. Producers of the QS World University Rankings®, QS’s innovative research, events, publications and university solutions provide new ways of bringing universities into contact with the best and brightest students worldwide.

QS World University Rankings®

The QS World University Rankings ® is an annual league table of the top 600 universities in the world and is arguably the best-known and respected ranking of its kind. Compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in close consultation with an international advisory board of leading academics, the QS World University Rankings ® is widely referenced by prospective and current students, university professionals and governments worldwide. The purpose of the rankings has been to recognise universities as the multi-faceted organisations they are and to provide a global comparison of their success against the notional mission of remaining or becoming world-class. The rankings are based on four key pillars, research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

Ben Sowter

Sowter is the Head of Research at QS, QS Intelligence Unit. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, where he was also awarded the Union Prize for outstanding contribution to the student union and served as chairman of the Nottingham University Debating Society. Ben is fully responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects and is actively involved in all the collection, compilation and tabulation of all the data that lead to, amongst others the World University Rankings® research in which he has been involved since its initial inception in 2004. A frequent contributor to the press, Ben’s opinion on global education trends and his expertise is used regularly by major global publications.

Scopus Database from Elsevier
QS Rankings use citation data from Scopus which is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Scopus is a trusted source of bibliometric data, also used by many other organisations including: the OECD, the Australian Research Council, iFQ (Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung) and ISTEP (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan).

 

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