The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings-2021

The World Universities Rankings for 2021 by QS
The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings-2021

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is best known for publishing the QS World University Rankings the world’s most popular university ranking system. But for QS, the mission doesn’t stop at data and research. Every year, the company helps tens of millions of prospective students and working professionals make the right educational choices and to develop the skills to succeed in their career and life.


Ranking Methodology:

The QS university and MBA rankings attract a great deal of interest and scrutiny each year. The London School of Economics bears little resemblance to Harvard University in terms of funding, scale, location, mission, output so how is it valid to include them both in the same ranking.


They do both aim to teach students and produce research and it has always been the assertion of QS that this ought to provide a sufficient basis for comparison.


The QS World University Rankings continue to enjoy a remarkably consistent methodological framework; compiled using six simple metrics that we believe effectively capture university performance. Since faculty area normalization was introduced in 2015 to ensure that institutions specializing in Life Sciences and Natural Sciences were not unduly advantaged, we have avoided fundamental changes. In doing so, we aim to ensure that year-on-year comparisons remain valid, and that unnecessary volatility is minimized.


Thus, universities continue to be evaluated according to the following six metrics:

1. Academic Reputation

2. Employer Reputation

3. Faculty/Student Ratio

4. Citations per faculty

5. International Faculty Ratio

6. International Student Ratio


Academic Indicator: QS uses a number of academic indicators by which to measure institutions, depending on the specific ranking in question. These include: Academic Reputation, H Index, Citations per Faculty, Staff with PhDs.


Employer Indicators: Given that employability is one of the primary reasons for pursuing higher education, employment based indicators feature prominently in the QS rankings: Employer Reputation, Employers Presence on Campus, Graduate Employment Rate, Alumni Outcomes.


Student Indicators: There are also a number of student specific rankings: Faculty/ Student Radio, Student exchange inbound.

Citation per faculty: Teaching is one key pillar of an institution’s mission. Another is research output. We measure institutional research quality using our Citations per Faculty metric. To calculate it, we the total number of citations received by all papers produced by an institution across a five-year period by the number of faculty members at that institution.


International Indicators: Internationalization is a key part of modern higher education life, the QS rankings employ a number of factors to analyze how outward-looking an institution is: International Faculty Index, International Student Index


This year’s QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion.


Following are ranks of Top 10 universities throughout the world for the year 2021.


Top Ten Universities in the World-2021

Rank#1:: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Rank#2:: Stanford University, USA

Rank#3:: Harvard University, USA

Rank#4:: California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

Rank#5:: University of Oxford, UK

Rank#6:: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

Rank#7:: University of Cambridge, UK

Rank#8:: Imperial College London, UK

Rank#9:: University of Chicago, USA

Rank#10:: UCL - University College London, UK


Following are ranks of Top 10 universities in India for the year 2021.


Top Ten Indian Universities-2021

Rank#172:: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

Rank#185:: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISC)

Rank#193:: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

Rank#275:: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

Rank#314:: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)

Rank#350:: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

Rank#383:: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)

Rank#470:: Indian Institute of Technology Guwhati (IITG)

Rank#501-510:: University of Delhi

Rank#601-650:: Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad


Ranking Distribution:

The QS World University Rankings results can be found on www.topuniversities.com, This ranking also receives significant coverage in many national and international newspapers and media channels including the Guardian, BBC News, the Sunday Times, Chosun Ilbo, Al Jazeera, sina.com and The Times of India.


For more information on the ranking procedure, ranks of other universities and other details from QS website please click on the "QS World Rankings 2021" button below.

About QS World University Rankings

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.


The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, has grown to become the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com – the home of their rankings – was viewed 149 million times in 2019, and over 94,000 media clippings pertaining to, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2019.

Disclaimer: All the above data is gathered from the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), all the logos and titles are belongs to Quacquarelli Symonds QS, EngMorph does not own any part of the data published in this page and EngMorph is not responsible for the correctness of the information presented. For more information, visit the Quacquarelli Symonds QS website.

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