QS World Universities Rankings 2021

LONDON, June 9, 2020 QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, published the 17th edition of the QS World University Rankings – the world’s most-consulted, most-covered source of comparative information about university performance. 26 Asian universities place among the global top-100 – the highest number ever.

Important points related to QS World Universities:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is named the world’s best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year;
  2. The top three institutions remain American: MIT is followed by Stanford University (2nd) and Harvard University (3rd);
  3. Britain’s top institution is the University of Oxford, which falls to fifth. Its compatriot competitor, the University of Cambridge, remains 7th;
  4. 112 of America’s 153 ranked universities fall, with only 34 recording improvements. This is primarily due to collective relative decline in QS’s measures of academic standing and research impact;
  5. Continental Europe’s best university is ETH Zurich (6th no-change);
  6. Asia’s top university is the National University of Singapore (11th);
  7. China’s Tsinghua University reaches a new all-time high (15th);
  8. Latin America’s leader is the Universidad de Buenos Aires (66th, up 8 places). Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (100th) becomes the first Mexican university ever to achieve a top-100 place;
  9. Universities in Russia and Malaysia continue to rise: Lomonosov Moscow State University (74th) and Universiti Malaya (59th) reach record highs.

The American higher education hegemony continues to diminish in the face of increasing competitiveness across the world: competitiveness driven by strategic funding, internationalization efforts, and strong links between education and industry.

Ben Sowter
(QS Director of Research)

List of top 20 Universities in QS World Rankings 2021

11Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA
22Stanford UniversityUSA
33Harvard UniversityUSA
45California Institute of TechnologyUSA
54University of OxfordUK
66ETH ZurichSwitzerland
77University of CambridgeUK
89Imperial College LondonUK
910University of ChicagoUSA
108University College LondonUK
11 11=National University of SingaporeSingapore
1213Princeton UniversityUSA
13 11=Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Singapore
14 18=Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland
1516Tsinghua UniversityChina (Mainland)
1615University of PennsylvaniaUSA
1717Yale UniversityUSA
1814Cornell UniversityUSA
19 18=Columbia UniversityUSA
2020University of EdinburghUK
QS World University Rankings 2021: Global Top 20

Pakistan’s Universities QS Rankings 2021

No.University QS Rankings 2021
1National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)355
2Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS)373
3Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad454
4Lahore University of Management Sciences, (LUMS)651-700
5COMSATS University, Lahore801-1000
6University of Engineering & Technology Lahore.801-1000
7University of the Punjab, Lahore.801-1000
Pakistan’s Universities QS Rankings 2021

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