QS Subject Rankings: Excellent Performance from Harvard, MIT and Oxford

QS Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have announced the results of their World University Rankings by Subject 2024. These provide rankings of five broad and fifty-five narrow subjects.

The methodology is somewhat different from the main world rankings published by QS. It does not include faculty-student ratio, sustainability, or international students and faculty. The five metrics used are Employer Reputation, Academic Reputation, Citations per Paper, H-Index, and International Research Network (IRN). The weighting applied varies according to subject. For example, in the Arts and Humanities ranking, Academic Reputation gets a weight of 60%, but for Engineering and Technology it is 40%. Citations per Paper has a weighting of 7.5% in Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences and Management but 20% in Life Sciences and Medicine.

The best-performing university is Harvard, which holds first place in nineteen subjects, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with eleven and Oxford with four.

The USA has 244 universities in the top 10 for the various subjects, the UK 148, and Switzerland 31.

Singapore’s performance is impressive. Although it has only five ranked universities, it has a total of 29 universities with a top ten ranking. In the ranking for Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence the National University of Singapore is sixth and Nanyang Technological University is eighth.

Compared to other rankings, China does relatively poorly here, with only eight universities in any subject. Meanwhile, India has improved rapidly for ranked entries and overall performance.




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