Harvard University may be better classified in the United States National University, along with Princeton University, U.S. News & World Report latest ranking top universities, but a competitor across the pond is stealing some of that thunder.
For the second consecutive year, the University of Cambridge UK Harvard beat high scores in U.S. World News of Universities, published today and based on data from the 2011 QS World University Rankings. Powered by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a career and a leading global network of education, the best score in the world showcase top international universities in North America and Southern Europe and Asia and beyond.
Six different indicators were evaluated to rank the top 400 universities around the world: academic reputation, the reputation of the employer, the relationship between teachers and students, international faculty ratio, the proportion of international students, and faculty appointments. The gulf between Cambridge and Harvard was incredibly small – a difference of about 0.7 points in overall score – and can be attributed to Cambridge’s most impressive faculty-student.
Despite Harvard’s fall slightly behind a university in the UK, U.S. schools dominated the list of the 400, with six U.S. institutions listed in the top 10 (Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University). The biggest sign of a U.S. or British university is not-it was at McGill University in Canada, at 17. Highest ranking of Asia came through Hong Kong University (HKU), at No. 22, LETTER separate classification of the 100 best universities in Asia, the dynamism of the Asia, where countries like China, South Korea and India are investing heavily in higher education to meet national and international students. This year, to better reflect the unique character of the region, a different methodology from the top 400 world rankings was used, with indicators such as academic reputation in Asia and the revision of the employer to Asia.
Leaders of the pack came from Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and University of Hong Kong taking the first and second places respectively. The gap between the two was very close – a difference of 0.2 points in overall score – with the research productivity HKUST gives you the advantage. Japan, whose economy is slowly recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, however, was dominant in the Asian qualifying with five schools in Japan in the 10s.
Meanwhile, China, the world’s largest source of international students in U.S. universities, made strides with their own schools. Peking University and Tsinghua University were among the top 20 universities in Asia, performing very well on indicators of academic reputation and the employer. India did not fare as well, due to low scores appointments, whose top three entries Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Kanpur, Delhi and Mumbai) at No. 36, No. 37 and No. 38, respectively.Like Asia Latin America is experiencing an important development, driven by rising economic power of Brazil. The country, the University of São Paulo had the No. 1 ranked top 100 universities in Latin America, ahead of Chile, Pontificia Catholic University of Chile by 0.4 points in the overall score. The new ranking of America using a different methodology, the assessment of indicators such as the academic reputation of Latin America, Latin American employer review, and the proportion of staff with Ph.D. s. “
Brazil was the leader, presenting three institutions in the top 10 and eight in the top 20. Large investments in the country in higher education to boost economic growth, and prioritization of research have paid off: Brazilian universities performed particularly well in measures such as documents by the faculty and the proportion of academics with doctorates s . “
Meanwhile, Mexico – with two institutions in the top 10 ranking of America – showed a strong reputation throughout the region, despite a poor performance on measures of research for most universities. The fifth-ranked National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) had the highest academic reputation, while seventh-placed Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) the employer had a reputation second highest.
Going beyond the global and regional comparisons, the best universities in the new world ranking subjects examine the best schools worldwide in 24 subjects (top 30 chemical engineering and 50 for all other subjects). Divided into five major categories – arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences; natural sciences and social sciences – the classification of individual subjects are based on academic reputation, the reputation of the entrepreneur, and citations per paper.
Dominated all rankings MIT engineering and technology, taking first place in computer science, civil engineering, chemical engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, aeronautics, engineering and manufacturing. Other U.S. institutions had strong projections in this category include Stanford University, the University of California – Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), U.S. universities similarly led the group into two general categories. Life sciences and social sciences. In the first case, Harvard University took the lead in the biological sciences and psychology, in the second, while Harvard took the No. 1 spot on accounting and finance, economics and econometrics, policy and research international classification and sociology, Stanford beat the statistics and operational research rankings.
In addition to the arts and humanities and natural science categories showed a bit of variety in the top. Despite Harvard once again took first place in most of the specific subject disciplines, the University of Oxford in the UK was ranked number one for the study of geography and the area, and Cambridge dominated both linguistics and physics and astronomy ranking issue.
1. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
2. Harvard University (USA)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
4. Yale University (USA)
5. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
6. Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
7. UCL (University College London) (United Kingdom)
8. University of Chicago (USA)
9. University of Pennsylvania (USA)
10. Columbia University (USA)