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Best universities in the world technology and science-focused

MIT, according to QS, increased year-on-year citations per faculty by 14 percent. Imperial College also reported a 14 percent increase in this metric compared to 11 percent by Cambridge and 2 percent by Harvard. The average increase in this dimension among the top 10 was 7 percent. The Rankings show that Caltech remains the world’s top university for research citations.

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“All the top ten institutions achieve excellence in academic reputation, employer reputation, student faculty ratio or measures of international faculty and students,” QS said in a statement. “The performance of Imperial College in citations per faculty has helped it become the biggest climber in the top 10, leapfrogging Harvard, UCL and Oxford to rank second equal in the world, tied with University of Cambridge.”

Also notable is that London is the only city in the world with 5 universities in the Top 100, more than Boston and Hong Kong (3), New York, Paris, Tokyo, Melbourne and Beijing (2).

“These rankings consolidate London’s position as the education capital of the world,” said Boris Johnson, mayor of London. “Nowhere else will you find such a critical mass of top universities within just a few miles of each other, all providing an excellent education and producing graduates who go on to be leaders in their fields. From accountants to zoologists, I’m proud to say that London universities are at the forefront of teaching and research.”

A brief overview of the rankings:

Global Top Ten

2014 2013 Institution Country
1 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
2 3 University of Cambridge UK
2 5 Imperial College London UK
4 2 Harvard University US
5 6 University of Oxford UK
5 4 UCL (University College London) UK
7 7 Stanford University US
8 10 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) US
9 10 Princeton University US
10 8 Yale University US


A total of 31 countries are represented in the top 200; and according to QS, the U.S. is the dominant nation, with 51 institutions, ahead of the UK (29), Germany (13), the Netherlands (11), Canada (10), Japan (10) and Australia (8).

The top ten fastest risers since 2009 are: MIT, Sungkyunkwan University (Korea), EPFL (Switzerland), Stanford, LMU München, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Korea University, Zhejiang University (China), Queen Mary, University of London and ETH Zurich.

Eight of these institutions feature key strengths in science and technology.

The full results of the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 are available here.

Material from a press release was used in this report.