19 June 2019
QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) have published the 2020 edition of their World University Rankings. Although the very top of the rankings shows little movement there are some interesting changes at the regional level. The methodology of these rankings has remained fairly stable since they began in 2004. There is a forty per cent weighting for a survey of academic opinion concerning research quality and ten per cent for a survey of business opinion about the quality of university graduates. Both are drawn from a variety of sources. In addition, twenty per cent each goes to citations per faculty and faculty student ratio and five per cent each to international students and international faculty.
Among Latin American universities first place goes to the University of Buenos Aires, followed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.Both performed very well for academic and employer reputation. The University of Sāo Paulo in Brazil, a star performer in other rankings, is in third place for the region.
Southeast Asian universities continue to thrive. Universiti Malaya has reached 70th place in the overall rankings and is joined in the top 200 by three other Malaysian Universities. Meanwhile Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has caught up with the National University of Singapore and the two share eleventh place.
The top ten universities this year are:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
- Stanford University, USA
- Harvard University, USA
- University of Oxford, UK
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech, USA)
- ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- University of Cambridge, UK
- University College London, UK
- Imperial College London, UK
- University of Chicago, USA.
The top universities for the six indicators are:
Academic Reputation; Harvard University, USA
Employer Reputation; HarvardUniversity, USA
Faculty Student Ratio; Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Citations per Faculty; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
International Faculty; American University of Sharjah, UAE
International Students; INSEAD, France.