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On 27 June, the 20th edition of the QS World University Rankings was released, referring to the academic year 2023/24. This is also the edition with the largest coverage to date: 1 500 higher education institutions in 104 countries, based on 17.5 million academic papers and expert opinions from some 240 000 academic faculty members and employers.
The top 10 features five institutions from Europe, four from the United States, and one from Asia, with mostly minor differences between their overall scores. MIT holds the top position for the 12th year in a row, followed by the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford, that climbed one position from the previous year. The highest ranked institution in continental Europe is ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). The top 10 list follows:
1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (100%)
2) University of Cambridge (99.2%)
3) University of Oxford (98.9%)
4) Harvard University (98.3%)
5) Stanford University (98.1%)
6) Imperial College London (97.8%)
7) ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (93.3%)
8) National University of Singapore (NUS) (92.7%)
9) University College London (UCL) (92.4%)
10) University of California, Berkeley (UCB) (90.4%)
This edition also features 85 new entrants, of which more than half are from Asia, with the highest representation coming from Bangladesh (11 new institutions), Indonesia (10), India and Malaysia (5 each) and Kazakhstan (4). Two of the new entrants are in the Top 10 rankings, namely the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of California, Berkley (UCB). Other new entries include Iceland and Luxemburg (with one institution each).
Three new indicators were introduced to reflect the evolving missions of world-class higher education institutions and students’ needs, covering commitments to sustainability, graduate employability (employment outcomes), and increased international research collaboration that are addressing societal challenges, bringing up the number of core parameters from six to nine.