· US institutions lead in 28 of the 51 subjects ranked. Harvard University and MIT remain the strongest-performing institutions, ranking number one in twelve subjects.
· Fifteen subject tables are topped by a British university, with the University of Oxford leading in six.
· ETH Zurich is continental Europe’s top university, achieving number-one spots in three subjects. Moreover, based on its share of top-10 ranks, Switzerland is the world’s third-best higher education sector.
· Australiais the fourth most represented country for the number of entries
· China(Mainland) ranks fifth globally for the number of programs (100), achieving a top-50 rank.
· No university has a larger number of top-50 than Canada‘s University of Toronto (46).
· The National University of Singapore – Asia’s best-performing university – is the world’s best for Petroleum Engineering. NUS ranks among the top-10 in sixteen disciplines.
· Japanese higher education is still in relative decline after decades of underfunding for research and PhD students.
· Universidad de Chile achievesLatin America’shighest rank, 8th globally in Engineering – Mineral & Mining, followed by UNAM (Mexico) 13th in Modern Languages and Universidade de São Paulo (USP) 15th in Dentistry.
· The University of Cape Town remains Africa‘s most competitive institution, placing 9th globally in Development Studies.
· King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, 6th globally for Petroleum Engineering, achieves the Arab region’s highest rank.
Ben Sowter, QS Research Director, said: “Observing performance trends across over 15,000 university departments enables us to see which factors influence success. First, an international outlook – both in terms of faculty body and research relationships – correlates strongly with improved performance. Second, rising universities received targeted investment from governments for over a decade. Third, strengthening relationships with industry correlates with better employment, research, and innovation outcomes.”