02 February 2018
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has been publishing subject rankings since 2011. The latest edition covers 48 subjects, including new rankings for Classics and Ancient History and Library and Information Management, plus five broad subject groups. These rankings are dominated by the USA and the UK, more specifically by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Oxford, which are ranked in the first place for 14, 12 and 4 subjects respectively. No other institution is ranked for more than one subject. QS notes that rise of Russia and China is slowing down while the performance of Brazil and India has declined.
The National University of Singapore is the star performer of Asia reaching the top ten in eleven subjects. However, the only Asian university with a number one placing is University of Hong Kong for Dentistry.
The rankings show areas of excellence for some Western European and less well known American universities, for example Sapienza University of Rome for Classics and Ancient History, University of Amsterdam for Communication and Media Studies, the Juilliard School in New York City for Performing Arts, and University of Nevada Las Vegas for Hospitality and Leisure Management.
The methodology for the rankings consists of four indicators:
- Academic reputation using data derived from QS’s annual survey
- Employer reputation also using survey data index
- Citations per paper
The weighting of these indicators varies according to subject.