MIT Outshines Stanford and Cambridge in First Ever QS World University Rankings(R) for Technical Subjects

April 4, 2011

LONDON, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

– MIT Tops all Five Rankings: Computer Sciences; Chemical; Civil;
Electrical; Mechanical Engineering.

Stanford and Cambridge Divide Second Places

– 30 Subjects to be Ranked in Coming Weeks on
http://www.topuniversities.com Along With a Personalised Ranking Tool to Help
Students Make the Right Choice

– Best-Performing Universities in Asia: NUS and Tokyo; India: IIT Delhi
and IIT Bombay; China: Tsinghua and Peking; Australia: Melbourne; Continental
Europe: ETH Zurich; Canada: Toronto; Latin America: UNAM and Universidad de
Buenos Aires

The first ever QS World University Rankings(R) by Subject shows MIT to be
the world’s leading university in computer science and four areas of
engineering, based on employer reputation, academic reputation and research

Over 50,000,000 people have viewed QS World University Rankings(R) in the
past 12 months and there has been overwhelming demand for more detailed
subject rankings incorporating a unique combination of employability and
research quality metrics. The QS methodology has been tailored to each
subject, in consultation with the QS Global Academic Advisory Board.

“QS World University Rankings(R) use of academic and employer review data
is a real market differentiator,” states Paul Thurman, a leading data analyst
and professor at Columbia University in New York and a member of the Advisory
Board; “not only because of the sample sizes, which are industry-leading, but
because of the way QS takes the data from the surveys and is able to extract
meaningful results and interpretations.”

“The new QS World University Rankings(R) by Subject respond to a need for
comparative data at a more granular level,” says Ben Sowter, Head of QS
Intelligence Unit, which produces the rankings. “In many countries students
are being charged more than ever before for their degrees. So assessing the
potential career outcomes of one’s study choice is becoming increasingly
important. QS rankings are unique in taking on board the views of global

“It is a great development to see programme rankings as a refinement of
the usual university rankings,” says Sej Butler, EMEA Recruitment Manager,
IBM. “This will help students and employers look to those courses in more
detail within a wider context.”

The news that the opinions of employers do not always correlate with
those of academics will raise eyebrows among prospective students. The
results are published in separate data columns on
http://www.topuniversities.com, allowing users to personally rank according
to each indicator.

SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Source: newswire

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