qs rankings 2019
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The results are in! The QS University Rankings 2019 have at last been revealed. The defining feature of this year’s long awaited league table: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has broken records, coming in at number one for the seventh consecutive year.

Yesterday we were wondering whether MIT could achieve such a feat, also questioning whether an Australian university could retain its space in the top 20 and how Brexit would affect the UK’s reputation…

Now, we have the answers.

The rankings are as follows:

Ranking University Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
2 Stanford University US
3 Harvard University US
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) US
5 University of Oxford UK
6 University of Cambridge UK
7 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
8 Imperial College London UK
9 University of Chicago US
10 UCL (University College London) UK
11 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
12 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) Singapore
13 Princeton University US
14 Cornell University US
15 Yale University US
16 Columbia University US
17 Tsinghua University China
18 The University of Edinburgh UK
19 University of Pennsylvania US
20 University of Michigan US

MIT has broken records 

MIT has held title of best university in the world for the seventh year in a row – the longest time any institution has held this position down in the history of QS!

MIT is closely followed by three fellow US universities: StanfordHarvard and Caltech, who landed second, third and fourth place respectively.

Half of the top 10 is held by US universities.

The UK holds its own

As predicted, CambridgeOxford and a handful of London universities were ranked highly, with four in the top 10. Despite the looming shadow of  Brexit on the horizon, the UK’s reputation in the ‘international representation’ aspect of the rankings has so far remained intact, and UK universities are still considered among the best in the world.

Oxford swoops in at fifth followed by Cambridge at sixth. Imperial College London has also made the top ten, holding down eighth place while UCL comes in at number 10.

Australia slips from the top 20 

Poor old Oz! Having snuck its way into the top 20 last year with the Australian National University, Oz’s top performing institution has now slipped down to number 24.

Australia now has no universities in the top 20 – and nor does Canada with its top university, University of Toronto, coming in at number 28.

Sigapore’s success

Two Singaporean universities, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have made the top 10 – a real impressive feat! Last year, no Singaporean institutions were in the top 10, with NTU landing slot 11 and NUS at number 15.

You can view the full rankings of the world’s top 1,000 universities on QS’ website.

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