The 2018 list is prestigious: Stanford and Harvard took 2nd and 3rd places, then came Caltech at 4th and the University of Cambridge at 5th. More than 950 universities from 84 countries are compared in the 14th edition of the QS World University Rankings.
What criteria are used? QS claims a consistent methodological framework, with six categories assessed each round. The most influential is academic reputation, which is based on a proprietary academic survey of “over 70,000 individuals in the higher education space regarding teaching and research quality at the world’s universities,” according to the website.
- Academic Reputation, 40%
- Employer Reputation, 10%
- Faculty/Student Ratio, 20%
- Citations per faculty, 20%
- International Faculty Ratio, 5%
- International Student Ratio, 5%
According to QS trends, MIT remains “light years ahead of the competition.” QS Intelligence Unit head Ben Sowter expects the Institute to continue to dominate in the future, in part, thanks to alumni support. “MIT has a network of successful alumni who make substantial donations to their alma mater and the power these connections grant the university cannot be overestimated,” he noted on the QS website.
In MIT’s profile, QS cites a bit of history, some facts, and overall grades by criteria. You can also call up an area of study, such as architecture, and find out that MIT ranked #1 in that specific field. In March, QS published rankings by subject and MIT claimed 12 top ratings.