The 2018 QS World University rankings have just been released, ranking over 950 universities in 84 different countries.
As always, the US and UK dominate the rankings again, accounting for almost half of the Top 100 list. The top 4 are from the US: MIT in first position (for the sixth consecutive year), with Stanford and Harvard maintaining their second and third positions, while Caltech rose to 4th place, knocking the University of Cambridge down one place into 5th place.
Universities with a strong technological focus did well in the rankings. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Asia’s top-ranked university, rises to 11th, Korea’s KAIST reaches a record high (41st), while Delft University of Technology becomes the Netherlands’ leading university. Six Chinese universities made the 2018 top 100.
Hong Kong had five universities in the top 100 for the first time, as Polytechnic University soared 16 places to 95th. The city’s highest ranked representative, the University of Hong Kong, meanwhile edged up one place to 26th.
The top 100 for the first time features a university in Russia, Lomonosov Moscow State University, where the government has increased funding to a handful of selected higher education institutions with the hope of propelling five into the top 100.
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