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HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 18, 2012
Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped, for the first time, the QS World University Rankings released last week. Six of the top 10 varsities are from the United States while the survey showed a trend of “tech-focused universities across the world on an upward trajectory.”

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and Harvard University, United States, are placed second and third, respectively, followed by University College London and Imperial College London.

As regards India, seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) ranked from 212 onwards, “but top (university) is Delhi (at) 441,” tweeted QS, comparing it with China, which has seven in the top 200. IIT Delhi is ranked 212, IIT Bombay 227, IIT Kanpur 278, and IIT Madras 312.

QS also released the QS Best Student Cities ranking for the first time. According to the survey, Paris is the world’s best city in which to be a student. The others are Boston (#2), London (#3), Melbourne (#4) and Vienna (#5).

University Rankings
* Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
* University of Cambridge, UK
* Harvard University, US
* University College London, UK
* University of Oxford, UK
* Imperial College London, UK
* Yale University, US
* University of Chicago, US
* Princeton University, US
* California Institute of Technology, US

Best student cities ranking
1 Paris France
2 London United Kingdom
3 Boston United States
4 Melbourne Australia
5 Vienna Austria
6 Sydney Australia
7 Zurich Switzerland
8 Berlin Germany
8 Dublin Ireland
10 Montreal, Canada