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World University Rankings® 2018


For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leads the way of our ranking of more than 950 of the world's best universities in the world. In fact, the top four universities are all based in the US, with Stanford, Harvard and the California Institute of Technology all following hot on MIT’s heels.

UK universities continue to slide down the rankings, with 51 of 76 British universities falling at least one place. This includes 11 of the 16 ranked Russell Group universities, the highest-ranked of which is the University of Cambridge in fifth.

This year’s rankings were compiled by assessing universities on six different indicators (the full methodology can be found here). Over 75,000 academics and 40,000 employers contributed this year, while 12.3m papers and 71.5m citations were analyzed to measure the impact of the research produced by each university.

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Discover the world's top universities with the QS World University Rankings® 2018. More than 950 universities from over 80 countries are ranked. Find out whether yours is moving up or down!

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QS World University Rankings 2017
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