MIT Tops Latest Ranking of the World’s Leading Universities

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has displaced the University of Cambridge in the top spot of the QS World University Rankings, one of higher-education’s most closely watched listings. A news release describing the results says that this year’s rankings reflect “a global shift in emphasis toward science and technology” and that MIT owes its new dominance to “its superior citation rates and student/faculty ratio, alongside an increase in international faculty.”

The University of Cambridge, which had held the top spot in the previous two years, dropped to second place, followed by Harvard, which led the list from 2004 to 2009. As with the rankings produced by Times Higher Education and China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the upper echelons of the QS list are dominated by American and British institutions, but more diversity is apparent further down the tables, with what QS calls “a record 72 countries” represented in the top 700.

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