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Top Universities for Mathematics in 2020

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The recently released QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 features 501 of the top higher education institutions to study mathematics.

The QS University 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 mathematics schools in each region. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the mathematics schools in further detail, click here to view the full table.

Top 10 Universities for Mathematics in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Rank

Name of Institution

Location

1

2

United States

3

United States

4

5

United Kingdom

6

United States

7

United States

8

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

9

United States

10

United States

Top universities for mathematics in the US and Canada 

There are currently 91 universities in the United States offering excellent mathematics courses. Of these, seven are in the world top 10 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retains its status as the world’s best university to study mathematics for a fourth consecutive year. Outside the top ten, other notable universities include Columbia University (12th), University of Chicago (rising one place to 16th) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech, falling three places to 17th).

Canada is home to 21 of the world’s top universities to study mathematics. Three of these are in the world top 50, including University of Toronto (15th), University of British Columbia (up three places to 23rd) and the University of Waterloo (climbing two places to 41st).

Top universities for mathematics in Europe

224 mathematics schools featured in this year’s rankings are located in Europe. 39 mathematics schools are found in the United Kingdom, with two of these in the worldwide top 10. The University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford both rise one place this year to fourth and fifth place respectively. Other notable universities include the University of Warwick (rising one place to 19th), University of Edinburgh (climbing 11 places to joint 36th), UCL (University College London, up two places to joint 49th).

Germany also performs well in this year’s rankings, with 32 universities currently featured, including Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Technische Universität München, which both fall in the rankings down to 51-100th from the top 50. France also performs well, with 24 universities in the rankings and three in the world top 50: Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres, up six places to 14th) and Ecole Polytechnique (rising two places to joint 27th).

Spain is home to 15 of Europe’s top schools for mathematics. Of these, four are in the world top 150, including Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)  and Universitat de Barcelona (UB) which both rose to 101-150th this year from 151-200th. Russia has 13 entrants in this year’s mathematics subject ranking, including Lomonosov Moscow State University in joint 43rd, dropping nine places this year. Italy has 19 universities in this year’s mathematics subject ranking, including two in the top 100; Politecnico di Milano and Sapienza - Università di Roma.

Belgium, Austria and Portugal each have five universities in the ranking this year. Of these, Belgium’s Katholieke Universiteit Leuven performs the best, earning it’s place in the world top 100 mathematics universities. Turkey and Switzerland each have six top mathematics universities, including five new entrants in Turkey this year, and two top 25 entries for Switzerland, including the only entry in the top 10 outside of the US and the UK; ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 8th). Slovenia and Hungary each have two top mathematics universities in the rankings and Greece and Finland have three each, with Finland’s Aalto University rising to 151-200th this year from 201-250th. Denmark contains four of Europe’s top mathematics universities, with the University of Copenhagen in the global top 100.

Sweden and Poland are both home to seven of the best universities to study mathematics, with Sweden’s KTH, Royal Institute of Technology rising six places to 38th this year and scoring well in the research citations per paper indicator.

Top universities for mathematics in Australia and New Zealand

Australia is home to 18 of the best mathematics universities in the world, with four of these featuring in the world top 50: the University of Melbourne (up nine places to 32nd), the University of New South Wales (UNSW, joint 36th), Australian National University (ANU, falling eight places to joint 39th) and the University of Sydney up six places to joint 45th.

There are five top mathematics universities in New Zealand featured in this year’s rankings, including the University of Auckland in 51-100th place.

Top universities for mathematics in Asia

103 of the world’s top universities to study mathematics are found in Asia. Of these, 37 are situated in China, including Tsinghua University (up five places to 20th), Peking University (22nd), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (joint 39th) and Fudan University (entering the top 50 this year in joint 49th place.

Six mathematics universities are located in Hong Kong, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK, 31st) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST, rising two places to joint 34th). India’s 12 universities in the rankings include two brand new entrants this year. Japan also performs well this year, with 14 mathematics universities featured in the rankings, including the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University in the top 50, ranking joint 24th and joint 49th respectively.

 

Malaysia has five universities in this year’s ranking and Taiwan has six, including National Taiwan University (NTU, 51-100th). Vietnam and Singapore each have two universities in the 2020 mathematics university rankings, including Singapore’s National University of Singapore (NUS, 13th) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU, 49th). Three of Asia’s top mathematics universities are located in Pakistan. 

Top universities for mathematics in Latin America   

18 exceptional mathematics universities are situated in Latin America, with Brazil taking up the majority of these with eight mathematics universities in the rankings, including Universidade de São Paulo (USP, 51-100th). Chile also performs well, containing five of Latin America’s top mathematic universities, including new entries Universidad de Concepción and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. Argentina has a single entrant this year with Universidad de Buenos Aires in 151-200th place.

Columbia and Mexico each have two universities in this year’s ranking, with Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, 101-150th) scoring particularly highly in the employer reputation indicator – earning the highest score in Latin America.

Top universities for mathematics in Africa and the Middle East

Africa has five universities in this year’s mathematics schools ranking. Four of these are brand new entrants in South Africa. The other is Cairo University in Egypt, in 351-400th place.

Over in the Middle East there are 16 universities in the rankings this year. Of these, six are in Israel, including Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (51-100th). Iran has four universities in this year’s ranking, with two new entrants this year. Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have one entry each in the mathematics rankings.

Saudi Arabia is home to four top mathematics universities, with the best performing university, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) rising from 101-150th place to 51-100th in the rankings this year.

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Written by Chloe Lane
A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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