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QS World University Rankings® for Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

Pioneering stem cell research propels trio to top of 2011 QS World University Rankings®

-          Harvard tops first QS World University Rankings® for Life Sciences in Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

-          Harvard first and MIT third in medicine following joint stem cell research; Cambridge second after IVF breakthrough

-          Cambridge beats Oxford but both make top 4 in all subjects

-          Seven Australian universities in top 50 for Psychology, led by Melbourne (8)

-          Four Canadian universities in top 50 for Medicine (Toronto 12th) and Psychology (McGill 10th)

-          University of Tokyo makes top 20 and National University of Singapore top 30 in all three; Peking University 25th in Psychology

-          Top universities in continental Europe: Medicine -Karolinska Institute (26); Biological Sciences – ETH Zurich (22); Psychology – Aarhus University (47)

-          31 countries represented

Number of Top 200 universities by country:

 

Country

Biological Sciences

Medicine

Psychology

US

69

54

58

UK

28

30

29

Germany

14

18

14

Australia

9

11

17

Canada

9

13

14

Netherlands

7

8

8

Japan

8

4

8

Sweden

5

5

4

Belgium

2

7

4

Switzerland

6

4

3

 

 

Full results available here

Harvard’s triumph in the QS World University Rankings® for Medicine follows pioneering work in stem cell research carried out in collaboration with third-placed MIT at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Faculty. The universities’ most widely cited work was in embryonic stem cell research, the subject of a Bush administration funding ban, repealed by Barack Obama in 2009.

Meanwhile, second-placed Cambridge hit the headlines in 2010 when its long-term work in embryonic stem cell research and IVF led to the Nobel Prize for Professor Martin Evans, sparking criticism from the Catholic Church. The university ranks second for both academic and employer reputation, reflecting the recent high profile of its medical faculty.

Over 50,000,000 people have viewed QS World University Rankings® in the past 12 months, and the QS Global Academic Advisory Board has developed the first ever QS World University Rankings® by Subject in response to a demand for more granular detail. Universities have been ranked based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations, with weightings tailored to each subject.   

“QS subject rankings reflect cutting-edge research in life sciences, both through highly cited research papers and academic reputation.” says Ben Sowter, head of QS Intelligence Unit. “And employer evaluations correlate highly with academic opinion in these subjects.”

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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

Ben 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.

Nunzio Quacquarelli

Nunzio Quacquarelli is the Managing Director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds. He took his MBA at The Wharton School in the USA, where he won the Glockner Prize for Management, after gaining an MA at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Nunzio is the research director for the annual QS World University Rankings® and is recognized as an authority on the strengths, weaknesses and specializations of business schools and universities around the world. A respected journalist on management education and careers, Nunzio has written regularly for many leading newspapers including The Times of London for the past 15 years.

 

 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

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