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Wednesday, February 27 2019 - 09:30
QS: World's Best Universities in 48 Subjects Revealed
LONDON, February 26, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet / --

    The world's most-consulted university rankings portfolio[1], released today 
by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, ranks 1222 
universities in 78 countries across 48 single subjects and five broad 
subject-areas. The QS World University Rankings by Subjects 
[ ] features the insight
of 83,000 academics, who contributed over 1.25 million nominations to QS's 
Academic Survey while  42,000 employers, contributed 199,123 nominations to 
QS's Employer Survey; 150 million citations yielded from 22 million academic 
papers were analysed to compile the rankings.

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    Major Trends     
    - The number of number-one ranks held by US universities decreases from 34 
in 2018 to 28 in 2019;
    - Harvard University remains the world-leader, ranking number-one for 12 
subjects, followed by MIT, which leads in 11 subjects.
    - Switzerland has become the world's third-best higher education system. 
Impressive performances from ETH Zurich mean that only the United States and 
United Kingdom occupy more top-10 ranks;
    - The United Kingdom has remained resilient despite Brexit uncertainty, 
increasing its share of number-one ranks from 10 to 13 and improving research 
performance across the board;
    - Singapore is Asia's outstanding system, with more top-10 university 
departments than the rest of the continent's universities combined;
    - China continues to increase its competitiveness, recording a higher share 
of top-50 departments than ever-before;
    - Brazil remains embattled, declining at a rate greater than the Latin 
American average.

     QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019: Top-10 countries by number 
of top-10 departments
    Location                                     Number of top-10 departments
    United States                                             234
    United Kingdom                                            137
    Switzerland                                               22
    Australia                                                 18
    Canada                                                    15
    Singapore                                                 14
    Netherlands                                               12
    Italy                                                      6
    Mainland China                                             4
    Sweden                                                     4

    Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS, said: "The major narrative emerging 
here is the perhaps-inexorable erosion of United States pre-eminence. Since 
2015, it has lost 10% of its top-ranked research departments, with China, 
Australia, and the United Kingdom the major beneficiaries. UK research 
performance stays strong despite considerable funding cuts, though the 
contribution that EU research collaboration has made to this success cannot be 

    University Leader                         Subjects
    Harvard                                         12
    MIT                                             11
    Oxford                                           6
    UCL                                              2

    Universities leading in one Subject 

    British Columbia, Cambridge, Colorado School of Mines, Ecole Hoteliere de 
Lausanne, ETH Zurich, Julliard School, Karolinska Institute, LSE, Loughborough, 
Royal College of Art, Royal Veterinary College, La Sapienza, Stanford, 
University of Amsterdam, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, UPenn, 
Pittsburgh, Sussex, Wageningen.

    Methodology [ ]

    [1] 'Most-consulted' refers to data from media monitoring platform 
Meltwater, corroborated by insights from SimilarWeb, Alexa, and Google 

SOURCE: QS Quacquarelli Symonds