Out Now! QS World Rankings For The Year 2022!

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Last updated Jul 27, 2021

Quacquarelli Symonds, also popularly known as the QS World Rankings,  is an annual publication that comprises three parts: the global overall ranking, the subject rankings and five composite faculty areas. It is the third most widely read publication in the world after the Academic Rankings Of The World and the Times Higher Education (THE). 

QS publishes the rankings results in the global media and has entered into partnerships with a number of outlets and media houses, including The Guardian in the United Kingdom, and Chosun Ilbo in Korea. The first rankings produced by QS independently of THE, and using QS’s consistent and original methodology, were released on September 8, 2010 and have only gained popularity ever since. 

Citations of published research are among the most widely used inputs to national and global university rankings. The QS World University Rankings used citations data from Thomson Reuters from 2004 to 2007, and since then has used data from Scopus, part of Elsevier. The total number of citations for a five-year period is divided by the number of academics in a university to yield the score for this measure, which accounts for 20% of a university’s possible score in the rankings. 

What Are The QS World Rankings For The Year 2021? 

The QS World Rankings as created by Topuniversities.com not only declares the top 1000 universities in the world but also offers career guidance, scholarships to study abroad, course finders among other services. For the year 2021, the publication declared the following 10 universities among the top 1000 universities in the world: 

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA
  2. Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  3. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA
  5. University of Oxford, Oxford England, UK
  6. ETH, Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland 
  7. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, UK 
  8. Imperial College London, England, UK
  9. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 
  10. University College London, London, England, UK 

Every year, QS World Rankings publish a list of the top universities in the world which usually belong to 80 countries across the world. Apart from QS University Rankings, this publication also reveals the university rankings by subject. 

QS World Rankings

What Are The QS World University Rankings By Subject? 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject identifies the world’s strongest universities in 51 individual subject areas. The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. 

Let us take a look at the top universities for selected fields of subjects such as Arts, Humanities, Technology, Medicine and so on. 

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Arts & Humanities 

The QS World Rankings declares the University of Oxford, Harvard University and the University of Cambridge as the top 3 universities for this field of study. 

Engineering & Technology

QS declares MIT, Stanford University and the University of Cambridge as the top 3 universities for this field of study. 

Life Sciences & Medicine

QS declares Harvard University, University of Oxford and Stanford University as the top 3 universities for this field of study. 

Natural Sciences 

The QS World Rankings declares MIT, Stanford University and Harvard as the top 3 universities for this field of study. 

Management & Social Sciences 

QS has declared Harvard University, London School of Economics and Politics and Stanford University as the top 3 universities for this field of study.

What Are The QS World Rankings For The Year 2022?

Every year around June, QS releases its publication with a list of universities ranked by subject, employability, student cities and global MBA. For the year 2022, QS released the top 1000 universities in the world on 8th June and the list of the top 10 universities is as follows: 

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA
  2. University of Oxford, Oxford England, UK
  3. Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  4. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, UK 
  5. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA
  7. Imperial College London, England, UK
  8. ETH, Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland
  9. University College London, London, England, UK 
  10. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 

What Is The Methodology Of QS World Rankings

IndicatorWeightingImpact
Academic peer review40%Based on an internal global academic survey 
Faculty/Student ratio20%A measurement of teaching commitment 
Citations per faculty20%A measurement of research impact 
Employer reputation10%Based on a survey on graduate employers 
International student ratio5%A measurement of the diversity of the student community 
International staff ratio5%A measurement of the diversity of the academic staff 

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