Global University Rankings 2011

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Welcome to the Education Times & Youth Inc Global University Rankings 2011. This intensive research exercise has polled thousands of people in over 30 countries to rank the top undergraduate universities worldwide. We have ranked the top universities based on the responses we received from students, recruiters and faculty for a holistic perspective of the factors that play a crucial role in higher education. These factors range from financial aid to campus facilities and diversity on campus to career prospects after graduation. It also takes into consideration the facilities and the faculties offered. What makes these rankings truly different is that we have placed equal weight on responses given by recruiters as by students and institutes together.

Our global ranking of these institutions has thrown up some interesting results. The ranks of certain universities come as no surprise since they are that good; but the exciting news pertains to the others, the gate-crashers and hidden gems, which are now part of the crèmede-la-crème of educational institutions that every student worth his  salt wants to be a part of. Our toppers belong to an elite club – from Harvard that towers high above the rest to Stanford and MIT, which come a close second and third, to Oxford thereafter; these are the institutes that prompt others to rise to the challenge and to compete in such rankings. Though catching up with the best is not an easy task, there are universities which have met the mark and done a great job. We see a few not-so-famous names among our top 100, who are doing a fantastic job with their curriculum and faculty, organising and building facilities for social activities and introducing innovative methods of teaching. They are on their way to becoming well-known brands.

On the flip-side  even though you know it is going to be a foregone conclusion, there is only one institute from India that makes it to the top 100 – the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai. It should not be that way. There should be room for plenty more, considering the demographics, especially the percentage of youth, which makes the major chunk of the population. This obviously paves the way for a greater potential for higher education in our country. We just need the right mindset with little or no interference from the government.
The diverse range of factors that have been considered in this survey have helped us to provide you with separate rankings that are more specialised, ranging from best campus facilities to value for money. Separate rankings according to the field of study are also available for students who have already chosen their professional specialisations.

The diverse range of factors that have been considered in this survey have provided us with separate rankings that are more specialised, ranging from campus facilities to value for money.

A Little Bit More…

  • Forty four current and former faculty members at Harvard University are Nobel Laureates
  • The Peking University campus is located in the former site of the Qing Dynasty royal gardens
  • University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK
  • Seoul National University was the first national university in South Korea
  • The name Oxford for Oxford University is derived from Ox-ford, which refers to a place where cattle could cross River Thames. The city has been around longer than the university
  • The Edinburgh University Library pre-dates the university by three years

Youth Incorporated magazine ranks 100 universities across the world in an extensive research exercise involving students, faculty and recruiters

Rank
Institution Country Score
1 Harvard University USA 100
2 Stanford University USA 99.8
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA 99.7
4 University of Oxford UK 99.6
5 University of Chicago USA 99.4
6 Yale University USA 99.3
7 University of Pennsylvania USA 99.2
8 Columbia University USA 99
9 Imperial College London UK 98.7
10 Cornell University USA 98.6
11 Princeton University USA 98.5
12 California Institute of Technology USA 98.3
13 University of Toronto Canada 98.1
14 Northwestern University USA 98
15 University of Michingan Ann Arbor USA 97.4
16 McGill University Canada 97.3
17 University of Tokyo Japan 97.1
18 University of Cambridge UK 97
19 University of Melbourne Australia 96.5
20 London School of Economics UK 96.3
21 Ecole Normale Superieure France 96.2
22 Carnegie Mellon University USA 96
23 University of California Los Angeles USA 95.9
24 Brown University USA 95.5
25 New York University USA 95.3
26 University College London UK 95.2
27 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 95.1
28 Duke University USA 95
29 National University Singapore 94.9
30 University of California Berkeley USA 94.8
31 Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai India 94.7
32
Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitat Munchen
Germany 94.5
33 Emory University USA 94.3
34 Johns Hopkins University USA 94.2
35 Hong Kong University of Science & Tech Hong Kong 94
36 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Switzerland 93.9
37 IE University Spain 93.6
38 University of Copenhagen Denmark 93.5
39 University of Zurich Switzerland 93.3
40 Kings College London UK 93
41 Dartmouth College USA 92.6
42 University of British Columbia Canada 92.5
43 University of Virginia USA 92.4
44 Rice University USA 92.2
45 University of Texas at Austin USA 92.1
46 University of Sydney Australia 92
47 Universidade de Sao Paulo Brazil 91.8
48 Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Chile 91.6
49 Vanderbilt University USA 91.5
50 Universitat Heidelberg Germany 91
51 University of Helsinki Finland 90.8
52 Peking University China 90.5
53 Technische Universitat Munchen Germany 90.1
54 University of Manchster UK 90
55 HEC France 89.5
56 Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina 89
57 University of Southern California USA 88
58 Australian National University Australia 87
59 University of New South Wales Australia 86.6
60 Seoul National University Korea 86.4
61 Nanyang Technological Institute Singapore 86.1
62 University of Wisconsin Madison USA 86
63 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium 85.7
64 University of Edingburgh UK 85.3
65 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill USA 85
66 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan 84.3
67 Monash University Australia 84
68 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Mexico 83
69 Fudan University China 82
70 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands 81.8
71 Ecole Polytechnique France 81
72 Tsinghua University China 80
73 Tohoku University Japan 79.6
74 Uppsala University Sweden 79.3
75 University of Warwick UK 79
76 University of Auckland
New Zealand
78.6
77 University of Queensland Australia 78.2
78 National Taiwan University Taiwan 78
79 Munich Business School Germany 77.8
80 University of Groningen Netherlands 77.6
81 University of Bern Switzerland 77.2
82 Georgia Institute of Technology USA 77
83 University of Adlaide Australia 76.7
84 University of Rochester USA 76.3
85 Paris Dauphine France 76
86 University of Amsterdam Netherlands 75
87 Washington University St Louis USA 74
88 Ecole Centrale de Paris France 73
89 University of Washington USA 72
90 Durham University UK 71
91 Stockholm University Sweden 70
92 Purdue University USA 69
93 University of Bristol UK 68.6
94 University of York UK 68
95 Utrecht University Netherlands 67
96 Pennsylvania State University USA 66
97 Boston College USA 65
98 Pompeu Fabra University Spain 64
99 University of Vienna Austria 63.5
100 University of Tel Aviv Israel 63

 

2011 Top World Wide

Top US Institutes

Rank
Institution Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 Standford University USA
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA
4 University of Chicago USA
5 Yale University USA
6 University of Pennsylvania USA
7 Columbia University USA
8 Cornell  University USA
9 Princeton University USA
10 California Institute of Technology USA


Top European Institutes

 

Rank
Institution Country
1 University of Oxford UK
2 Imperial College London UK
3 University of Cambridge UK
4 London School of Economics UK
5 Ecole Normale Superieure France
6 University College London UK
7
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
Germany
8 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Switzerland
9 IE University Spain
10 University of Copenhagen Denmark


Top Asian Universities

 

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Tokyo Japan
2 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
3 National University of Singapore Singapore
4 Indian Institute of Technology Mumabi India
5 Ecole Normale Superieure France
6 Peking University China
7 Seoul National University Korea
8 Nanyang Technological Institute Singapore
9 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
10 Fudan University China

 

Top Australian Institutes

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Melbourne Australia
2 University of Sydney Australia
3 Australian National University Australia
4 University of New South Wales Australia
5 Monash University Australia
6 University of Queensland Australia
7 University of Adelaide Australia

 

Do You Know What You Want to Study?

A number of students know what stream they want to pursue when they begin undergraduate studies; however, most are still unsure. While some undergraduate degree programmes, mostly in the United States, allow you to take courses from different streams in your first year before deciding on your major, other institutes require you to apply directly for a specific programme offered. These institutes have been ranked according to field of study to make your choices easier.

Business Programmes

Rank
Institution Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 Stanford University USA
3 University of Oxford UK
4 London School of Economics UK
5 University of Cambridge UK
6 Columbia University USA
7
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA
8 Princeton University USA
9 National University of Singapore Singapore
10 University of Tokyo Japan

 

 

Engineering Programmes

Rank
Institution Country
1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA
2 California Institute of Technology USA
3 Imperial College London UK
4 Stanford University USA
5 National University of Singapore Singapore
6 University of Oxford UK
7 University of Tokyo Japan
8 Columbia University USA
9 Cornell University USA
10 Georgia Institute of Technology USA


Art & Humanities

Rank Institution Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 University of Cambridge UK
3 Yale University USA
4 Standford University USA
5 Princeton University USA
6 University of Oxford UK
7 Columbia University USA
8 University of Tokyo Japan
9 National University of Singapore Singapore
10 University of Toronto Canada


Life Science & Medicine

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Cambridge UK
2 Harvard University USA
3 John Hopkins University USA
4 Stanford University USA
5 University of Oxford UK
6 Yale University USA
7 University of California Berkeley USA
8 Imperial College London UK
9 University of Toronto Canada
10 University of Sydney Australia

Pure Sciences

Rank Institution Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
2 Harvard University USA
3 University of Cambridge UK
4 University of Oxford UK
5 Princeton University USA
6 Standford University USA
7 Cornell University USA
8 National University of Singapore Singapore
9 Yale University USA
10 University of Tokyo Japan


Value for Money

Rank Institution Country
1 Yale University USA
2 Cornell University USA
3 McGill University Canada
4 London School of Economics UK
5 National University of Singapore Singapore
6 Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai India
7 Johns Hopkins University USA
8
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Hong Kong
9 Universitat Heidelberg Germany
10 University of Helsinki Finland

Recruiter Satisfaction

Rank  Institution Country
1  Harvard University USA
2  Standford University USA
3  London School of Economics UK
4  Carnegie Mellon University USA
5  Brown University USA
6  Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai India
7  University of Oxford UK
8
 Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Hong Kong
9  University of Virginia USA
10  Dartmouth College USA


Career Services

Rank Institution Country
1 Stanford University USA
2 Harvard University USA
3 Columbia University USA
4 University of Pennsylvania USA
5 Carnegie Mellon University USA
6 Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai India
7 Ecole Normale Superieure France
8 Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitat Munchen Germany
9 University of California LA USA
10 National University of Singapore Singapore

Student Satisfaction

Rank Institution Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 Stanford University USA
3 University of Pennsylvania USA
4 Columbia University USA
5 Imperial College London UK
6 University of Oxford UK
7 University of Cambridge UK
8 Ecole Normale Superieure France
9 London School of Economics UK
10 University of California LA USA

Campus Facilities

Rank Institution Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
2 University of Oxford UK
3 Cornell University USA
4 Princeton University USA
5 University of Cambridge UK
6 University of Melbourne Australia
7 Duke Unviersity USA
8 Dartmouth College USA
9 University of Texas at Austin USA
10 University of Warwick UK



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovation in Teaching Methodologies

Rank Institution Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 Brown University USA
3 London School of Economics UK
4 Stanford University USA
5 Ecole Normale Superieure France
6 Dartmouth College USA
7 Johns Hopkins University USA
8 Columbia University USA
9 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen Germany
10 IE University Spain

 

Ranking Methodology

How did we choose institutes? 
Youth Inc’s Research Unit (YRU) chose 500 institutes across the world after having discussions with students, recruiters and faculty. We also studied domestic rankings in various countries to find the best institutes.
All institutes were sent identical surveys. We contacted current students as well as local and international recruiters and gathered specific information about the institutes.

Factors considered
1. Recruiter Perception – Identical surveys were sent to recruiters worldwide. The recruiters were asked Methodology Ranking to rate the institutes that they were most likely to recruit from.

2. Diversity of Students – The institutes were asked to report the total number of students on campus and what percentage of the students were international and speak two or more languages. Gender diversity of the students was also considered.

3. Diversity of Faculty – The institutes were asked to report the total number of faculty on campus and what percentage of the faculty was international, held doctorate degrees and were accredited with their own publishing material. Gender diversity of faculty was also considered.

4. Innovation of Programmes – We considered the different ways used to construct degree programmes.

5. Innovation in Teaching Methodologies – Institutes were asked to select different teaching methodologies that we considered innovative. Some of these included company visits, dual or multiple majors and course collaborations between different departments at the institute. Our list was selected after surveying students across different campuses worldwide.

6. Value for Money – We considered students opinions on whether a particular school was perceived as ‘value for money’. We also asked institutes for the percentage of students who received some sort of funding from the institutes.

7. Campus Support – We asked the institutes and the students to select the different types of assistance provided by the student office or a similar body on campus. Our list was selected after surveying students across different campuses worldwide.

8. Career Service – We asked the institutes and students about the availability and functioning of a career service cell and how active such a service was for the students. We also considered what percentage of students were actually placed through the institute’s career service cell.

9. Extracurricular Activities on Campus – We asked students if they were encouraged by the school to participate in different extracurricular activities on campus. We also asked the institutes to select specific extracurricular activities that they offer on campus.

10. Exchange Programmes – Institutes were asked to report the percentage of students that opted for exchange programmes. We also considered the exchange students present on the institute’s campus.

11. Student Satisfaction – Students were asked to rate their institutes on various factors including attitude of staff and professors, location, course content and so on. Institutes were also asked to report the graduation rate of students enrolled in the first year.

Actual methodology
We sent invitations to 500 institutes. Institutes were provided a password using which they could send us their completed survey online. They were asked to answer questions relating to full time faculty, career service, undergraduate student and programme information and all the factors listed above.
We contacted current students of the institutes and asked them to rate specific statements which were pertaining to the factors we considered in this ranking.
Over 5000 recruiters were sent emails with a survey. The recruiter list was prepared from the responses of the institutes and also included internationally well-known recruiters. The recruiters were asked to enlist institutes that they were likely to recruit from.
The table above is a summary of the factors and the weightage given to each factor when we ranked the institutes. Each factor was made up of a set of questions. The total percentage attributed to that factor was based on the average score of the responses multiplied by the assigned weightage. We then totalled the score from all factors and sorted the scores from highest to lowest. The institute with the highest score was ranked first.

Not just numbers!
After we received the total computed scores for the institutes, we subjectively analysed the data provided by the institutes, current students and recruiters. If we found discrepancies in the satisfaction scores and the subjective descriptions, we omitted the data.

Institutes that did not fill out the survey reports in time
Out of 500 institutes that were contacted, 49 institutes did not complete the survey on time or did not respond. We used publicly available information on these institutes to include them in our ranking. We also contacted current students and recruiters of these institutes and compared the data we compiled with the data provided by the institutes that participated in our survey.

 

 

Information reported by recruiters

Recall of institute where to recruit from                                          20%

Likelihood of recruiting from same institute again                     20%

Satisfaction with institute career cell                                                10%

 

 

 

 

Information reported by the school Information reported by current students
Diversity of Students 3% 2%
Diversity of Faculty 3% 2%
Innovation of Programs 3% 2%
Innovation in Teaching 3% 2%
Methodologies 3% 2%
Value for Money 3% 2%
Campus Support 3% 2%
Career Service 3% 2%
Extracurricular Activities 3% 2%
on Campus 3% 2%
Exchange Programs 3% 2%
Student Satisfaction 3% 2%
Total 30% 20%

 

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