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Are you an aspiring engineer? Choosing the right university can set you on the path towards a successful career in the field.

Professionals in the field are highly sought-after. Last year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that nearly 140,000 new jobs for engineers would emerge in the 2016–2026 decade. 

According to the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for engineering and technology, the top institutions to set your sights on for engineering studies are primarily in the US.

Universities in the country dominate seven spots in the top 10.

The California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and Stanford University are tied in first place, rising from fourth and second positions respectively.

Meanwhile, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and ETH Zurich are the only universities outside the US to land the top 10, ranked joint third, fifth and eight place respectively. 

This year’s rankings highlight the universities that are leading across general engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil engineering and chemical engineering subjects.

The table has expanded to include 1,008 universities, up from 903 last year.

Top 20 universities for an engineering degree 2020

2018 rank 2019 rank University Country
4 =1 California Institute of Technology US
2 =1 Stanford University US
6 =3 University of Cambridge UK
3 =3 Harvard University US
1 5 University of Oxford UK
5 6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
7 7 Princeton University US
9 8 ETH Zurich Switzerland
13 =9 University of California, Los Angeles US
10 =9 Georgia Institute of Technology US
12 11 Imperial College London UK
8 12 National University of Singapore Singapore
14 13 Peking University China
11 14 University of California, Berkeley US
15 15 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
17 16 Carnegie Mellon University US
16 17 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor US
20 18 Tsinghua University China
18 19 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
21 20 Yale University US
Source: THE

THE notes that China is the third-most represented country in the league table, ahead of the UK, Germany, Australia and Canada. Only Japan and the US have a higher number of universities present in the ranking. 

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is Asia’s top university for engineering, but slipped down four spots to twelfth.

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