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QS World University Rankings

Checkout the global ranking of your university

It can be quite challenging to decide which university or institution you want to study at. Given there is a range of factors you need to look at before finalising your future destination, it’s a wise step to refer to the QS Rankings of the university or institution you are considering to study abroad.

What is the QS World ranking?

Simply put, the QS ranking is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarellu Symonds, a British organisation specialising in the education industry. It was first published in 2004 in collaboration with Times Higher Education and was known as the Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings until 2009 when both decided to publish their own versions.

Is QS World University Rankings reliable?

The QS has an Intelligence Unit which is responsible for compiling the rankings. This unit states annually that thousands of academic respondents contribute to the reliability of their annual academic results.

Moreover, according to the Guardian, independent academic reviews have confirmed that QS results are over 99% reliable.

What’s the QS Ranking methodology?

The QS World University Rankings considers the university’s reputation among other universities (40%), employers (10%), student-teacher ratio (20%), citations-academic staff ratio (20%) and international outlook including students and staff (10%) for its compilation of top universities in the world.

The QS system ranks the universities as per their global standing, and subject-wise (which includes 48 different subjects and five faculty areas) along with five regional tables.

The latest edition of QS ranking includes 1,000+ world’s best institutions and top 4,700 institutions that were eligible for the inclusion.

Countries covered
Institutions ranked
Specialists considered

Source: Who Rules? World’s top universities 2020-QS World University Rankings report


Top 10 universities in QS World Ranking 2021

QS Ranking Institution Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
2 Stanford University US
3 Harvard University US
4 California Institute of Technology (CalTech) US
5 University of Oxford UK
6 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
7 University of Cambridge UK
8 Imperial College London UK
9 University of Chicago US
10 University College London (UCL) UK


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