Massachusetts Institute of Technology. - Photo by New England Magazine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. – Photo by New England Magazine

In the World University Ranking for 2013/2014 released by Quacquarelli Symonds, it is notable that the rankings of the universities are stable, in which only one university went down of the top 50 and four dropped out from the top 100.

“The extra stability in this year’s rankings will be good news for the countless students across the world who rely on them to narrow down their choices. As more and more people compete for places at the top universities, it is the responsibility of ranking organizations to ensure that what they produce is transparent and accurate. As the first global ranking to have been accredited by the International Ranking Expert Group we are living up to that,” Said Nunzio Quacquarelli, founder and managing editor of QS.

UK and US still dominates

The United States and United Kingdom universities continue to dominate the top tier based on the 2013/2014 World University Ranking.

The US and UK universities landed on the top 10 spots and continuously occupied 17 of the 20 top schools.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who topped last year, remains the top-ranked university followed by Harvard, which got the number one spot of the QS World University Ranking for six years but dropped to third on the previous year.

Moreover, UK’s universities out-stood having University of Cambridge in third rank followed by University College London (UCL) which remains in 4th and Imperial College London which took one step up surpassing Oxford University, which is now in 6th.

Stanford, Yale, University of Chicago together with California Institute of Technology and Princeton, tied at the the 10th place, completed the top 10.

US universities comprised less than a third of the top 100 universities and accurately a quarter of the top 200 while 19 UK universities were included in the top 100 and 30 in the top 200 on the previous year.

‘Rebirth’ for Europeans

Universities from Continental Europe went back on track, after several years in the doldrums period, as two universities from Switzerland landed in the top 20, the ETH Zurich which climbs up to 12th and the Ecole Polytechnic Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) on 19th place.

Additionally, Netherlands has six universities that improved their rankings this year while eight of 13 universities of Germany are in top 200 with Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg in the top 50.

On the other hand, France has 19 universities in the top 400 and two included in the top 50 together with Denmark’s University of Copenhagen.

Moreover, Scandinavia, Norway’s University of Oslo made it to the top 100 while Italy’s representatives in the top 400 boost its ranking.

Impressive Asian institutions in the top 50

Furthermore, universities from Asia showed development on the ranking in which National University of Singapore topped the Asian league table this year which climbed one spot to 24th place while the nearby Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ranks 41th place, which is considered as the fastest-rising Asian university in the world’s Top 50.

On the other hand, University of Hong Kong came in at 26th place followed by University of Tokyo in 32nd, Seoul National University in 35th and The Chinese University of Hong Kong at 39th.

Also included in the top 50 are China’s Peking University which ranks 46th place and Tsunghua University in the 48th.

Despite the impressive number of Asian universities in the top 50, still, no universities from Asia has entered the top 20.

Written by:

Faye Michelle Regis
ABCom, Leyte Normal University