It’s the fall rankings season, when groups publish their estimations of top universities. That’s fun for MIT, because we generally do very well. This year, MIT blew off the top. The Institute was named top university in the world for 2012-13 by QS World University Rankings, published by Quacquarelli Symonds, an organization specializing in education and study abroad.
Of course, we are curious about the criteria. Conveniently, QS offers their six-point ranking system: The weightiest indicator—40 percent—was academic reputation garnered from a global survey. The lightest indicator—at 5 percent—is the proportion of global faculty. QS even noted an increase in this category for MIT.
QS also ranked MIT as the world’s best university in chemistry, economics and econometrics, linguistics, materials science, mathematics, and physics and astronomy.
The larger implication, however, is that science and technology education is no longer a special interest. QS says that the high rankings of MIT and peer schools show “tech-focused universities across the world on an upward trajectory.”
US News & World Report‘s undergraduate rankings place MIT as the nation’s top engineering school and six of its departments ranked first: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering; chemical engineering; computer engineering; electrical/electronic/communications engineering; materials engineering; and mechanical engineering. Sloan was tapped as the number two undergraduate business program.
Overall, MIT shares the number six spot with Stanford University. MIT tied for first with several other peer universities in criteria such as selectivity and high school guidance counselors’ assessment.
Look to Mashable to report tips about savvy use of social media. According to Mashable, MIT placed number four in Social Net-Working It in a ranking published by Unigo, a college resource firm that provides reviews for US News & World Report rankings. MIT was lauded not only for its Facebook likes and tweets but also the work of the MIT News Office to the Media Lab’s Sociable Media Group.