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Top Ten Universities in 2023


The QS World University Rankings 2023 were released in June by global higher education think tank QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Considered to be the most widely viewed University Rankings globally, the list for 2023 includes almost 1,500 institutions from around the world. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retained its number one position in the list for the eleventh consecutive year.

QS, a London-based firm that specializes in the analysis of global higher education institutes, uses six weighted indicators to rank world universities. These are:

  • Academic reputation (40%), on the basis of a survey of higher education experts;
  • Employer reputation (10%), a survey of how prepared the students are for successful careers;
  • Faculty/student ratio (20%), the number of students divided by the number of faculty;
  • Citations per faculty (20%), a check of university research quality, based on the total number of academic citations to papers produced by a university in a five-year period;
  • International student ratio (5%), the proportion of non-domestic students at the institution;
  • And finally, international faculty ratio (5%), the proportion of non-domestic faculty at the institution.

The top ten list for 2023 is as follows:

#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT was founded in 1861 and primarily comprised a small community of science lovers. MIT is an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university organized into five schools: architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science). At the core of MIT’s educational philosophy is the principle of educational innovation. Researchers at MIT are at the forefront of latest developments in AI, poverty alleviation, climate adaptation, HIV, and cancer.

#2 University of Cambridge – Located in the old town of Cambridge in the UK, the University of Cambridge is the second oldest English-speaking university. Among the most prestigious universities in the world, notable alumni of Cambridge University include John Milton, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking, among others.

#3 Stanford University – Founded in 1885, Stanford University in the US has one of the largest university complexes in the country. One of the most research-oriented universities in the world, since 1952, more than 68 Stanford faculty, staff, and alumni have won the Nobel prize. Stanford also holds the record for largest number of Turing awards won by a single institution.

#4 University of Oxford – The oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford university is home to the largest library system in the UK and is comprised of 44 colleges and halls.

#5 Harvard University – Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard was established in 1636 and is the oldest higher education institution in the US. Many former US Presidents are among the alumni of this prestigious university.

#6 California Institute of Technology – Caltech, located in Pasadena, California, is one widely known as one of the best science and engineering schools and research institutions.

#6 Imperial College London – A public research university in London, Imperial College offers courses in science, engineering, medicine, and business. The university has a special centre for climate change and environment, the Grantham Institute, formed in 2007 with private funding from the Grantham Foundation to fund climate change research in the UK.

#8 UCL – University College London is a multi-disciplinary university with over 39,000 students from 150 different countries. Highly rated academically, UCL is one of the best places for students of the arts and humanities.

#9 ETH Zurich – Established in 1855, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, as it is known in English, is recognized globally as a leader in science and technology research and innovation in a variety of science subjects, including chemistry, physics, engineering, natural sciences, and mathematics.

#10 University of Chicago – Located in the urban centre of Chicago, the University of Chicago is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world.

41 Indian universities made it to this year’s list (six more than the previous year), with Indian Institute of Science (IISc) ranked as the top research university in the world, placed at rank 155, globally. IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, and IIT Madras were also among the top 250, globally. Apart from the IITs, the list includes universities such as Delhi University, JNU, Pondicherry University, Savitribai Phule Pune University, private universities such as OP Jindal Global University, Manipal University, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Amity University, and others.             

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