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Global Top 20 Universities: MIT Crowned Best University as Oxford, Cambridge & Stanford Stand Out

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London, 08 June 2021:  QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have today released the eighteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) celebrates an unprecedented, unbroken decade as the world’s best university.

The top five also experiences its most significant reconfiguration for half a decade: Harvard University (5th) falls out of the top three – its lowest-ever rank – to be replaced by the University of Oxford (2nd, up from 5th) and the University of Cambridge (joint-3rd, shared with Stanford University).

Rafael Reif, President of MIT, said: “We deeply appreciate the recognition of our institution and the faculty, staff, alumni, and students that make MIT what it is – and we also tremendously admire the achievements of academic institutions around the globe. The world benefits from a strong higher education network that delivers countless benefits for humanity, from fundamental discoveries to novel solutions to pressing challenges in climate and health, to the education of the next generation of talent. We are proud and grateful to belong to this great human community of scholars, researchers and educators, striving together to make a better world.”

  • Caltech (6th) drops out of the top five for the first time since 2015.
  • ETH Zurich remains continental Europe’s best university for a fourteenth consecutive year.
  • In a major milestone, Mainland China is home to two of the world’s top twenty universities for the first time ever.
  • Asia’s two top universities are National University of Singapore (11th) and Nanyang Technological University (12th).
  • Australia’s four top universities rise, with Australian National University re-entering the top 30.
  • The progress of Malaysia and Russia slows after years of improvement, but both are home to one of the world’s top 100 universities each.
  • 48% of Japan’s universities decline.
  • Latin America’s best university is Universidad de Buenos Aires (69th). Hampered by low research impact scores, more of the continent’s universities fall than rise.
  • Saudi Arabia’s top university – King Abdulaziz University, 109th – reaches a record high.
QS World University Rankings 2022: Global Top 20


2022 2021 Institution Location
2 5 University of Oxford UK
3= 7 University of Cambridge UK
3= 2 Stanford University USA
5 3 Harvard University USA
6 4 California Institute of Technology USA
7 8 Imperial College London UK
8= 6 ETH Zurich Switzerland
8= 10 UCL UK
10 9 University of Chicago USA
11 11 National University of Singapore Singapore
12 13 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
13 16 University of Pennsylvania USA
14= 14 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
14= 17 Yale University USA
16 20 University of Edinburgh UK
17 15 Tsinghua University Mainland China
18 23 Peking University Mainland China
19 19 Columbia University USA
20 12 Princeton University USA
Source:  QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2021 https://www.TopUniversities.com/.

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