World University Rankings 2016

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 highlights the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas, covering 42 subjects as of 2016. The rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. The rankings help prospective students identify leading universities in their chosen field of study. 

Summary of World University Rankings by Subject 2016

The two big US universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, dominate the World University Rankings in 2016, coming 1st 24 of the 42 subjects ranked. UK universities come 1st in a further 8 subjects. Outside of the US and UK, top spots are claimed by the Netherlands’ Wageningen University (ranked 1st for agriculture & forestry), Switzerland’s ETH Zurich (1st for earth & marine sciences) and the University of Hong Kong (1st for dentistry).

Elsewhere in the world there are a number of universities who have multiple subjects ranked in the top 10. These universities include:

  • National University of Singapore – 13 subjects
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland – 11 subjects
  • University of Hong Kong – 6 subjects
  • University of Tokyo, Japan – 5 subjects
  • Australian National University – 4 subjects
  • Karolinska Institutet, Sweden – 4 subjects
  • Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands – 3 subjects
  • Tsinghua University, China – 3 subjects

Full Rankings & Country Reports

You can view the full rankings by subject at QS World University Rankings 2016. You can also view reports into the academic strengths for 46 countries. Each report provides an overview of the nation’s strongest academic fields, alongside details of the country’s top universities in each of the 42 subjects covered. To view the country reports visit QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016: Country Reports.

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