After MIT, the top five included (in order) Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the California Institute of Technology.

It’s been a pretty stable year in the rankings with not much movement in the top ten, with University College London seeing the most improvement, moving from 10th to 8th in the rankings.

However, the UK recorded its third-worst performance in the rankings this year with the average rank of the 84 ranked UK institutions decreasing by 12.6 ranks.

The University of Cambridge hit its lowest-ever position (a still respectable 7th) while the University of Oxford rose one spot to 4th.

This comes amidst consistently declining international student ratios across UK and US universities with the US recording its worst performance in rankings history with only 16% of universities improving their rank.

On the other end of the spectrum, 69% of Australian universities saw improvements in their ranks, which may suggest that these universities are making the most of the international student community’s uncertainty about studying in the US and UK.

In Latin America, the top university for the fifth consecutive year is the Universidad de Buenos Aires (74th), though it seems that Brazilian and Argentinian universities are losing employer confidence in their graduates.

In the Middle East now has two top 200 universities in the rankings with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University (186th) leading the region.


Two universities in Singapore—the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)—were tied for 11th position. NUS retains its ranking from last year, while NTU climbed one spot. A press release by QS noted that NUS has a better reputation among academics and employers than NTU, while NTU is better known for its smaller class sizes and larger research impact.

Also up one spot from the previous year is Tsinghua University, China, now ranked 16th in the world. Meanwhile, vaulting from 30th position to be ranked 22nd in the world is Peking University, China, sharing the place with the University of Tokyo, Japan. According to Ms Sarah Linley at QS, China is still seeing impressive growth, with the nation now boasting 19 of the world’s top 200 research universities, increasing from 12 in 2016. Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at:

In India, Indian Institute of technology Bombay (IIT-B) has climbed 17 places to bag the 162nd spot of the QS World University Ranking 2019, closely followed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) that has jumped 20 places and now sits at the 170th spot. Both the IIT-B and IISc were placed behind Indian institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D).