Meet the world’s top universities – QS World University Rankings 2021

This year’s rankings are launched at a challenging time for the whole world, with COVID-19 impacting universities and students alike. The latest QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion.

While the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) continues its record-breaking streak at number one – the ninth year in a row it’s achieved this feat – the big story this year is the impressive gains made by Asian universities. 26 institutions from the continent now feature in the global top 100, more than ever before.

TOP TEN 2021


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QS World University Rankings 2021 – Top 10

2021 Rank 2020 Rank University Location
  1   1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
  2   2 Stanford University United States
  3   3 Harvard University United States
  4   5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
  5   4 University of Oxford United Kingdom
  6   6 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland
  7   7 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  8   9  Imperial College London United Kingdom
  9   10 University of Chicago United States
  10   8  UCL (University College London) United Kingdom

About QS (Quacquarelli Symonds):

After starting out as a student project at the Wharton School (USA) in 1990, QS now has offices all around the world, and has grown into a global network for students at all stages of their educational journey.

The company is best known for publishing the QS World University Rankings – a comprehensive listing of the world’s top 1,000 universities. Previously known as Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings, the publisher had collaborated with Times Higher Education (THE) magazine to publish its international league tables from 2004 to 2009 before both started to announce their own versions. QS then chose to continue using the pre-existing methodology, while THE adopted a new methodology to create their rankings.

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