QS World University Rankings 2019 – First Look

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

The latest edition of the QS rankings were released on 6 June. Here’s a first look at some of the results.

Superbrands rule: The same universities are in the top 10 as last year, with some minor changes of placings. The top four, led by MIT, remain the same.

Asia rises: Just outside the top 10, it is Asian universities that are rising, with World 100 member National University of Singapore now at 11 (up 4 places), overtaking neighbouring NTU at 12; and China’s Tsinghua entering the top 20 at 17. The Universities of Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as Peking University, are also risers within the top 30.

Reputation matters: World 100 Reputation Network members are rising in the in the table: Edinburgh rises 5 places to 18, Toronto is up to 28, Manchester up 5 places to 29, Melbourne rises 2 places; Sydney is up 8 places to 42 and UBC rises 4 places to 47.

Anglo-dominance: The US continues to dominate with 33 of the top 100 universities. But the UK has improved its position with a number of risers including W100 members Sheffield (75) Birmingham (79), Warwick (54), Leeds (93), Southampton (96), Queen Mary (112), York (134), Newcastle (141), Exeter (158) and Queen’s Belfast (180).

Europe suffers: although Europe’s top university in the table ETH Zurich has risen 3 places to 7, most continental European universities have not fared so well with German and Scandinavian universities in particular suffering falls and many Dutch universities losing momentum. French universities, however, are on the march following recent re-organisations.

We’ll have more analysis on the QS rankings, looking in particular at the reputation survey results, in the coming weeks.