Harvard University moved up to the second place, with the University of Cambridge falling to the third spot in the QS World University Rankings 2013-14 that were released last week. Massachussets Institute of Technology continues to be the top-ranked university.
This year also saw a record six UK institutions in the top 20 with Edinburgh and King’s College London featuring for the first time. There are three Indian universities in the top 300 and 11 in the top 800, which includes seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). In 2012 too, there were 11 universities in the top 800.
The top Indian university in the list — IIT Delhi was ranked 222, IIT Bombay 233 and IIT Kanpur 295. IIT Madras 313 and IIT Kharagpur 346, the few institutions to make it to the top 400.
The indicators for rankings taken into account include academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, and proportions of international students and faculty. First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently considers over 2,000 institutions, and ranks over 800. The top 400 are ranked individually, whereas those placed 401 and over are ranked in groups.
The National University of Singapore, ranked at 24, tops the list of top Asian universities followed by the University of Hong Kong and University of Tokyo at 26 and 32, respectively. The best-performing countries in terms of number of universities ranked were the US (144); UK (69); Germany (42); France (40), followed by Japan (38).