With Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leading the table for the fifth year, the thirteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings® reflects global trends in higher education funding.
Following MIT, Stanford climbs into second place, pushing Harvard into third – making this the first time US institutions have claimed all three top spots since the 2004-5 edition.
There’s also good news this year for Russia, South Korea and China, while Australia and Canada both increase their representations in the global top 200.
On the other hand, Western European universities have consistently lost ground, particularly in the UK and Germany. Latin American institutions are likewise struggling, though the region can celebrate its first entry in the top 100.
Overall, the picture suggests a strong correlation between national investment in higher education, whether public or private, and performance in the international rankings.
More than 900 universities from over 80 countries are ranked. Find out whether yours is moving up or down!