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Top Universities in the World 2020

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Launched today, the QS World University Tops® 2020 features 1,000 of the most prestigious universities in the world, ranked based on a methodology which 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.

QS World University Tops 2020 – Top 10

2020 Rank
 

2019 Rank
 

University
 

Location
 

1
 

1
 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
 

2
 

2
 

United States
 

3
 

3
 

United States
 

4
 

5
 

University of Oxford
 

5
 

4
 

United States
 

6
 

7
 

7
 

6
 

United Kingdom
 

8
 

10
 

United Kingdom
 

9
 

8
 

United Kingdom
 

10
 

9
 

United States

 

10. University of Chicago

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.

9. Imperial College London

UK Universities

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.

8. UCL (University College London)

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

7. 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.

6. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

ETH Zurich

Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is up 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).

5. 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.

4. University of Oxford

UK Universities

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.

3. Harvard University

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

2. 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).

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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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.  

Best universities in the world by location

Outside of the US, the UK and Switzerland, 82 other locations were featured in the world university rankings – discover the highest-ranked institution in each of these below.

Argentina: Universidad de Buenos Aires – ranked 74th in the world

Australia: Australian National University (ANU) – ranked joint 29th

Austria: Universität Wien (University of Vienna) – ranked joint 154th

Azerbaijan: Baku State University – ranked 801-1000

Bahrain: University of Bahrain – ranked 801-1000

Bangladesh: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and the University of Dhaka – both ranked 801-1000

Belarus: Belarus State University – ranked 351st

Belgium: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – ranked 80th

Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – ranked joint 116th

Brunei Darussalam: University of Brunei Darussalam – ranked joint 298th

Bulgaria: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – ranked 751-800

Canada: University of Toronto – ranked joint 29th

Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – ranked 127th

China: Tsinghua University – ranked 16th

Colombia: Universidad de Los Andes Colombia – ranked joint 234th

Costa Rica: Universidad de Costa Rica – ranked 511-520

Croatia: University of Zagreb – ranked 751-800

Cuba: Universidad de la Habana – ranked 501-510

Czech Republic: Charles University – ranked joint 291st

Denmark: University of Copenhagen – ranked joint 72nd

Ecuador: Universidad de San Francisco de Quito – ranked 751-800

Egypt: American University in Cairo – ranked joint 395th

Estonia: University of Tartu – ranked 301st

Finland: University of Helsinki – ranked 107th

France: Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL) – ranked 53rd

Germany: Technische Universität München – ranked 55th

Greece: National Technical University of Athens – ranked joint 454th

Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong (HKU) – ranked joint 25th

Hungary: University of Szeged – ranked 501-510

India: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) – ranked 152nd

Indonesia: University of Indonesia – ranked joint 296th

Iran: Sharif University of Technology – ranked joint 407th

Iraq: University of Baghdad – ranked 701-750

Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem – ranked 162nd

Italy: Politecnico di Milano – ranked joint 149th

Japan: University of Tokyo – ranked joint 22nd

Jordan: University of Jordan – ranked 601-650

Kazakhstan: Al-Farabi Kazakh National University – ranked joint 207th

Kuwait: Kuwait University – ranked 801-1000

Latvia: Riga Technical University – ranked 701-750

Lebanon: American University of Beirut (AUB) – ranked 244th

Lithuania: Vilnius University – ranked joint 458th

Macao, S.A.R., China: University of Macau – ranked joint 387th

Malaysia: Universiti Malaya (UM) – ranked 70th

Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) – ranked 103rd

Netherlands: Delft University of Technology – ranked 50th

New Zealand: University of Auckland – ranked 88th

Norway: University of Oslo – ranked 119th

Oman: Sultan Qaboos University – ranked joint 379th

Pakistan: Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) – ranked 375th

Panama: Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) – ranked 801-1000

Paraguay - Universidad Nacional de Asunción – ranked 801-1000

Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – ranked joint 474th

Philippines: University of the Philippines – ranked joint 356th

Poland: Jagiellonian University – ranked joint 338th

Portugal: University of Lisbon – ranked joint 338th

Puerto Rico: Universidad de Puerto Rico – ranked 801-1000

Qatar: Qatar University – ranked 276th

Republic of Ireland: Trinity College Dublin (TCD) – ranked joint 108th

Romania: Babes-Bolyai University and the University of Bucharest – both ranked 801-1000

Russia: Lomonosov Moscow State University – ranked 84th

Saudi Arabia: King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) – ranked 186th

Serbia: University of Belgrade – ranked 801-1000

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) – ranked joint 11th

Slovakia: Comenius University in Bratislava and Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava – both ranked 751-800

Slovenia: University of Ljubljana – ranked 591-600

South Africa: University of Cape Town – ranked joint 198th

South Korea: Seoul National University (SNU) – ranked 37th

Spain: Universitat de Barcelona (UB) – ranked joint 165th

Sri Lanka: University of Peradeniya – ranked 801-1000

Sweden: Lund University – ranked 92nd

Taiwan: National Taiwan University (NTU) – ranked 69th

Thailand: Chulalongkorn University – ranked joint 247th

Turkey: Koç University – ranked joint 451st

Ukraine: V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University – ranked joint 491st

United Arab Emirates: Khalifa University– ranked joint 268th

Uruguay: Universidad de Montevideo – ranked joint 491st

Venezuela: Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) – ranked 701-750

Vietnam: Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) – ranked 701-750

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The former Assistant Editor of Kyohaku.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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