London: University of Cambridge has retained
the number one spot ahead of Harvard, while MIT has jumped to
the third place ahead of Yale and Oxford in the eighth QS
World University Rankings.
The US takes 13 of the top 20 spots and 70 of top 300
places in the latest world rankings of Universities compiled
by the international career and education network QS.
The rankings of top 300 universities, based on six
indicators including surveys of over 33,000 global academics
and 16,000 graduate employers, is being claimed as the largest
of its kind ever conducted.
Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said the gap between
Cambridge and Harvard is very small, but Cambridge`s superior
student-faculty ratio helped tip the balance.
"Individual attention is one of the key attractions of the
Oxbridge tutorial system," he said.
The results said government and private funding for
technology-focussed research is eroding the dominance of
traditional comprehensive universities and the average age of
the top 100 institutions has dropped by seven years since
2010, reflecting the emergence of newer specialist
institutions particularly in Asia.
Nunzio Quacquarelli, QS managing director said since
students are generally being charged more than ever before for
their education, comparative course fees of ranked
universities have also been published for the first time.
Also taken into account are the views of graduate
employers as a key indicator of universities` excellence and
"Graduates employability is an essential mission of
world-class universities and QS rankings include the informed
opinion of global recruiters," he said.