The latest edition of the QS Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings has just been published. There have been few dramatic changes in the overall rankings, which is evidence for their general reliability.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) continues to hold first place. Cambridge is now second and has overtaken Oxford. Universities in France, China and Saudi Arabia continue to make steady progress, perhaps slowed down by QS’s various “damping” mechanisms.
The rankings are based on six indicators: Academic Reputation (40%), Employer Reputation (10%), Citations per Faculty (20%), Faculty Student Ratio (20%), International Students (10%), and International Students (10%).
In addition, scores are available for two unweighted measures, which will apparently be included in next year’s rankings, International
The Top universities in each category are:
Overall; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
International Students; Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia
International Faculty; Al Ain University, UAE
Faculty Student Ratio; El Colegio de México, A. C.
Citations per Faculty; Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Academic Reputation; Harvard University, USA
Employer reputation; Harvard University, USA
Employment Outcomes; Harvard University, USA
International Research Network; Harvard University, USA.