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Wednesday, June 19 2019 - 09:00
QS World University Rankings 2020: MIT Top, US Universities Hit Historic Low
LONDON, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world's best university for 
the eighth consecutive year. The sixteenth edition of the QS World University 
released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, 
sees the United States record its worst performance on record. Only 16% of its 
universities improve their rank. 

QS ranked 1000 universities from 82 different locations, surveyed 94,000 
academics and 44,000 hiring managers and analyzed 11.8 million research papers 
and 100 million citations. Universities are measured on academic standing, 
graduate employability, student/staff ratio, research impact, and 

Over 70 million stakeholders will view the rankings on 
this year. 

Key Facts
- The University of Cambridge hits its lowest-ever position (7th). The UK 
records its third-worst performance ever, but the University of Oxford rises to 
- International student ratios at UK and US universities have consistently 
- ETH Zurich (6th), the Continental European top university, achieves its 
highest position ever, overtaking the University of Cambridge; 
- Asia's top two universities are the National University of Singapore and its 
compatriot Nanyang Technological University (both joint-11th); 
- 24 of Australia's 35 universities rise; 
- China now has 19 of the world's top 200 research universities; it had 12 in 
- Of the 302 universities from the US, UK, Australia, and Canada, 216 have 
recorded worse Faculty/Student Ratio performance, QS's measure of institutional 
teaching capacity; 
- Latin America's top university is the Universidad de Buenos Aires (74th) for 
the fifth consecutive year. Brazilian and Argentinian universities are losing 
employer confidence in their graduates; 
- The Middle East has two top-200 universities for the first time ever. Saudi 
Arabia's King Abdul Aziz University (186th) is the new regional leader. 

QS World University Rankings 2020: Global Top-20
2020  2019
1     1     Massachusetts Institute of Technology    US
2     2     Stanford University                      US
3     3     Harvard University                       US
4     5     University of Oxford                     UK
5     4     California Institute of Technology       US
6     7     ETH Zurich                               CH
7     6     University of Cambridge                  UK
8     10    University College London                UK
9     8     Imperial College London                  UK
10    9     University of Chicago                    US
11=   12    Nanyang Technological University         SG
11=   11    National University of Singapore         SG
13    13    Princeton University                     US
14    14    Cornell University                       US
15    19    University of Pennsylvania               US
16    17    Tsinghua University                      CN
17    15    Yale University                          US
18=   16    Columbia University                      US
18=   22    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne CH
20    18    University of Edinburgh                  UK
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds


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