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Thursday, March 04 2021 - 08:00
Latest global university rankings: MIT & Harvard share top spot, Russia and China record best-ever performances
LONDON, March 4, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

QS Quacquarelli Symonds – international higher education think-tank – have 
today released the eleventh edition of the QS World University Rankings by 
Subject []: an extensive 
independent comparative analysis on the performance of 13,883 individual 
university programs, taken by students at 1440 universities in 85 locations 
across the world, across 51 academic disciplines. They are part of the annual 
QS World University Rankings portfolio, which was consulted over 147 million 
times in 2020, and covered 98,000 times by media and institutions.

Global Highlights

- Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are the 
strongest-performing institutions across the exercise, ranking number-one in 
twelve subjects. 

- The United Kingdom's higher education sector remains resilient. 13 of the 51 
subject tables are topped by a British university, with the University of 
Oxford leading five of those 13. 

- Chinese higher education continues to reach new heights, with the sector 
attaining a record number of programs now achieving a top-50 rank. 

- No university has a larger number of top-50 departments than Canada's 
University of Toronto (46). 

- Switzerland's ETH Zurich is continental Europe's top university, achieving 
number-one spots for Geology, Geophysics, and Earth & Marine Sciences. Based on 
its share of top-10 ranks, Switzerland is the world's third-best higher 
education sector. 

- Australia now possesses its lowest number of programs ranking among the top 
10 in the world in the last three years. Its total of 13 top-10 departments is 
fewer than in 2020 (17), and 2019 (18). - Two-thirds of Australian National 
University's programs have fallen year-on-year. 

- Backed by strong endowments, two Singaporean universities hold number-one 
positions: Nanyang Technological University is #1 for Materials Science, while 
the National University of Singapore – - Asia's best-performing university – is 
#1 for Petroleum Engineering. 

- Conversely, Japanese higher education is in relative decline after decades of 
underfunding for research and PhD students. 

- India's Institutes of Eminence program is struggling to yield results, with 
no increase in top-100 representation for India's public Institutes of 

- Russian higher education continues to move from strength to strength, with a 
record number of departments achieving top-20 places. 

- Driven by world-class performances in Dentistry, Petroleum Engineering, and 
Mining Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) has retained its status as 
Latin America's best-performing university in this exercise. 

- The University of Cape Town remains Africa's most competitive institution, 
with 24 of its programs placing among the top-200.

Jack Moran, QS Spokesperson, said: "Observing performance trends across nearly 
14,000 university departments enables us to draw some conclusions about the 
commonalities between nations that are improving and nations that are not. 
Three factors stand out. First, an international outlook – both in terms of 
faculty body and research relationships – correlates strongly with improved 
performance. Second, rising universities have received strong targeted 
investment from governments over a decade or more – particularly in China, 
Russia, and Singapore. Third, improving relationships with industry is 
correlated with better employment, research, and innovation outcomes."


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Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds