Top 10 Universities in the World 2020

Launched today, the QS World University Rankings® 2020 features 1,000 of the most prestigious universities in the world, ranked based on a methodology that assesses each institution on six metrics, including its reputation amongst academics and employers.

But which 10 institutions stood out amongst the rest to be ranked the top 10 in the world? Read on as we count down, and find out the top university in each location below.

10- University of Chicago

Down one place this year but remaining in the top 10, the US’ University of Chicago earns its best score for the academic reputation indicator.

09- Imperial College London

The UK’s Imperial College London is also down one place this year but continues to earn a very impressive score for the employer reputation indicator.

08- UCL (University College London)

Up two places this year, UCL (University College London) is now the highest-ranked institution in the UK capital London, earning its highest score for academic reputation.

07- University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge goes down a spot in the 2020 world university rankings, but remains one of the 10 best universities in the world, with perfect scores for its academic and employer reputations.

06- ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is up to one place this year and continues to be the highest-ranked institution in continental Europe, with its best score in the citations per faculty indicator (a measure of research impact).

05- California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Caltech is down one place in 2020 but has the distinction of earning the best scores in the top 10 for the faculty/student ratio and citations per faculty member indicators.

04- University of Oxford

The University of Oxford climbs one place in the world university rankings this year and continues to be the highest-ranked in the UK, with perfect scores for its reputations among academics and graduate employers.

03- Harvard University

Harvard retains its position of third in the world, as well as being first for the academic and employer reputation indicators.

02- Stanford University

Stanford University, located near Silicon Valley, continues to rank second among the top universities in the world and earns its best score for its academic reputation (fourth).

01- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

And finally, MIT is once again the leader in the world university rankings, taking the spot for the eighth year running, with top-10 scores for its academic reputation, employer reputation, and citations per faculty member.

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