The thirteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, compiled by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, lists Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the world’s best university for a fifth consecutive year.

Stanford University rises above Harvard and the University of Cambridge into second place. In doing so, it means that the United States holds all of the top-three places for the first time since the inaugural rankings of 2004. Stanford University also achieves its highest-ever position.

Stanford’s success is the highlight of an excellent rankings performance from the United States’ higher education system.

Highlights include:
• California Institute of Technology remains fifth;

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