Today QS announced their Word University Rankings. MIT in the USA was number one, followed by Cambridge and Imperial tied for second. They were followed by Harvard and in joint fifth Oxford and UCL. The other top 20 university from the UK was King’s College London.
This is a superb showing for British universities.
The rankings put heavy emphasis the academic reputation of an institution. The next most important factors are the faculty student ratio and the citations per faculty. Other factors include employer reputation.
Congratulations to all of the universities involves.
For students, these type of rankings can be a useful reference for how particular universities are viewed and how academic they may be. A high ranking does not necessarily equal a good fit for everybody though. Try watching some Malcolm Gladwell for an alternative take on what you should look for.