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Top Electrical Engineering Schools in 2020

By Julia G

Updated April 18, 2021 Updated April 18, 2021

The recently released QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 features 507 of the top higher education institutions to study electrical and electronic engineering.

The QS Rankings by Subject are based on four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and published work of a scientist or scholar). You can find more details about the methodology behind the subject rankings here.

Read on to learn more about the best electrical engineering schools in each region. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the 507 schools in further detail, click here to view the full table.

Top 10 Universities for Electrical Engineering in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020


Name of Institution



Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States


Stanford University

United States


University of California Berkeley (UCB)

United States


University of Cambridge

United Kingdom


ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)



Nanyang Technological University (NTU)



Imperial College London

United Kingdom


University of Oxford

United Kingdom


Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)



Harvard University

United States

See the full ranking for electrical engineering schools here >

Top electrical engineering schools in the US and Canada

Of the 500 schools ranked in the electrical engineering table, 81 are located in the US and 21 are in Canada, meaning that North American schools make up an impressive fifth of the table. The US is home to the top three schools in the world – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley (UCB). Other high-ranking universities in the US include Harvard University (in 10th place), California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in 13th place and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 14th.

Heading north to Canada, two schools feature in the global top 50 – the University of Toronto in 23rd place, and the University of British Columbia in joint 38th place. Other notable institutions in Canada include McGill University (51-100), the University of Waterloo (51-100) and the University of Alberta (101-150).

Top electrical engineering schools in Europe

There are a staggering 191 electrical engineering schools ranked in Europe, with European schools making up half of the top 10. The UK has an impressive 37 schools featured in the rankings, with several in the top 10: The University of Cambridge is top in Europe and in 4th place globally, Imperial College London (7th place globally) and the University of Oxford (8th place globally).

Switzerland has two schools in the global top 10, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in 5th place and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 9th. After the UK, France has the most ranked schools in Europe (20), notably CentraleSupélec in joint 42nd place.

Elsewhere in the top 50, two schools in Germany feature (out of 18 in total) - Technische Universität München in joint 20th place, and Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen in 34th place. Similarly, Italy features twice in the top 50, with Politecnico di Milano the highest ranked institution in joint 17th place, and Politecnico di Torino in joint 38th place.

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Sweden’s KTH, Royal Institute of Technology also crack the global top 20, in 16th and joint 17th place respectively. The final European school to make it into the global top 50 is Denmark’s Aalborg University in 50th place.

Top universities for electrical engineering in Australia and New Zealand

The electrical engineering rankings feature 21 schools in Australia and 5 schools in New Zealand. The highest ranked school in Australia is The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 35th place globally, followed by the University of Melbourne (36th place). The highest ranked university in New Zealand is the University of Auckland, which places at 51-100 in the world and scored particularly highly in the citations per paper indicator.

Top universities for electrical engineering in Asia

Asian schools scored highly for electrical engineering courses this year – out of 157 Asian schools ranked, 15 made it into the world top 50. The highest ranked Asian school is Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, which came in 6th place globally – the only Asian school in the global top 10.

Mainland China is the most well-represented country in Asia, with 35 schools featuring in the rankings. Tsinghua University ranks highest in China this year, jumping one place to 11th. Other notable Chinese institutions in the top 50 are Peking University (27th), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (joint 29th) and Zhejiang University (47th).

Japan and South Korea are the next most-represented countries in Asia for electrical engineering, each with 18 schools featured in the ranking. The University of Tokyo is Japan’s highest ranked school in joint 20th place, followed by Tokyo Institute of Technology in 37th. South Korea also features two schools in the global top 50: KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (joint 17th) and Seoul National University (SNU) (joint 29th).

Six other Asian schools are featured in the global top 50: The National University of Singapore (NUS) in 12th place; The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST, 22nd); University of Hong Kong (HKU, joint 32nd); National Taiwan University (NTU, joint 44th); Malaysia’s Universiti Malaya (UM, 46th) and India’s Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) in 49th position.

Top universities for electrical engineering in Latin America

There are no Latin American universities in the top 50 for electrical engineering, but 23 institutions make it into the rankings for this year. Latin America’s highest ranked university is Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, which places in 51-100.

Brazil is the most well-represented country for electrical engineering, with nine schools featured. Chile and Mexico have five schools each in the rankings, Colombia have three, and Argentina has one - Universidad de Buenos Aires (201-250).

Top universities for electrical engineering in Africa and the Middle East

There are eight African universities featured in the electrical engineering rankings this year, with four in Egypt and four in South Africa. The highest ranked African institution is Cairo University, at 151-200.

There are 23 universities in the Middle East featured in the electrical engineering rankings and Iran is the most well-represented country with 8 universities in the rankings. However, Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) is the highest ranked university in the region at 101-150.

This article was originally published in March 2020 . It was last updated in April 2021

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Julia is the Assistant Editor for TopUniversities, publishing articles for students and graduates across the world. A native Londoner, she holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School and a BA in Classical Studies & English from Newcastle University.

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