Global University Rankings 2014

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Having conducted expansive research by contacting 1,300 institutes and over 8,000 recruiters around the world, Youth Inc has ranked the top 100 universities in the world to pursue an undergraduate programme

Welcome to the Youth Incorporated, Education Times and Rediff.com Global University Rankings 2014. Continuing with our annual rankings for the best global universities, we have conducted extensive research work spanning several months to sort through voluminous raw data and bring out a finished analysis that is practical and can be instrumental in the selection process for those looking to enrol in the best programmes around the world.
We contacted 1,300 institutes to gauge their responses to unbiased questions that would help us evaluate the quality of the educational experience they provide. We also accumulated responses from the current students of the universities. In addition, we procured information from over 8,000 Media Partner recruiters that have previously recruited graduates from the institutes considered in the surveys. Once the data was accumulated, we broke down the information by placing emphasis on the most important criteria a student considers when enrolling in an institute. Factors such as value for money, student and recruiter satisfaction, infrastructure and facilities, teaching methodologies and much more were considered to rank the institutes.
This painstaking method was used to bring out the ranking of the top 100 universities worldwide. We were also able to provide rankings based on regional distribution and streams of study. Finally, the ranking for this year was placed against our previously conducted annual rankings to determine the performance of the institutes over the years.

TOP 100 UNIVERSITIES

RANK INSTITUTION COUNTRY SCORE 2013 RANK 2012 RANK
1 Harvard University USA 100 1 1
2 Stanford University USA 99.9 2 2
3 University of Pennsylvania USA 99.8 3 7
4 University of Oxford UK 99.4 5 4
5 Massachusetts Institute of
Technology
USA 99.3 4 3
6 University of Chicago USA 99.2 6 5
7 Yale University USA 99.1 7 6
8 Cornell University USA 99 10 10
9 Columbia University USA 98.5 8 8
10 Princeton University USA 98.3 9 11
11 California Institute of
Technology
USA 98 12 12
12 Imperial College London UK 97 13 9
13 London School of Economics UK 96.8 16 20
14 University of Cambridge UK 96.3 11 18
15 University of Tokyo JAPAN 96 17 17
16 Brown University USA 95.7 14 24
17 University of Waterloo Canada 95.4 15
18 University of California Los
Angeles
USA 95.3 21 23
19 Carnegie Mellon University USA 95 22 22
20 University of Michigan Ann
Arbor
USA 94 20 15
21 New York University USA 93.4 23 25
22 University of Melbourne Australia 93.2 24 19
23 National University
Singapore
Singapore 91.1 26 29
24 Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay
INDIA 93 19 31
25 IE University Spain 92.8 29 37
26 École Normale Supérieure France 92.6 25 21
27 Indian Institute of Technology
Delhi
INDIA 92.4 27
28 Northwestern University USA 92.1 18 14
29 Hong Kong University of
Science & Tech
China 92 33 35
30 University of California
Berkeley
USA 91.8 31 30
31 Chinese University of Hong
Kong
China 91.3 30 27
32 Ludwig-Maximilians-
Universität München
Germany 91 32 32
33 Duke University USA 90.7 28 28
34 Dartmouth College USA 90.5 38 41
35 Johns Hopkins University USA 90.2 34 34
36 École Polytechnique Fédérale
de Lausanne
Switzerland 90.1 36 36
37 University College London UK 90 37 26
38 Emory University USA 89.6 35 33
39 Universidade de São Paulo Brazil 89.1 41 47
40 University of Texas at Austin USA 88.4 45 45
41 University of Virginia USA 88.1 39 43
42 University of Zürich Switzerland 87.7 42 39
43 Kings College London UK 87.5 43 40
44 Rice University USA 87.2 44 44
45 University of Copenhagen Denmark 87 40 38
46 University of British Columbia Canada 86.4 46 42
47 Technische Universität
München
Germany 86.1 50 53
48 Peking University China 85.7 47 52
49 University of Helsinki Finland 85.3 51 51
50 HEC France 85 53 55
51 University of Sydney Australia 84 52 46
52 Universität Heidelberg Germany 83 49 50
53 Pontificia Universidad
Católica de Chile
Chile 82.4 48 48
54 Nanyang Technological
University
Singapore 85 56 61
55 Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina 81 55 56
56 Fudan University China 80 57 69
57 University of Southern
California
USA 79.8 61 57
58 Australian National
University
Australia 79.5 58 58
59 Tokyo Institute of Technology JAPAN 79.2 59 66
60 Seoul National University Korea 79 60 60
61 University of Warwick UK 78 62 75
62 Vanderbilt University USA 77 54 49
63 University of Auckland New
Zealand
76 72 76
64 University of Wisconsin
Madison
USA 75 63 62
65 Monash University Australia 74 65 67
66 University of Birmingham UK 73.1 66
67 Erasmus University
Rotterdam
Netherlands 72.5 67 70
68 École Polytechnique France 72 64 71
69 University of New South
Wales
Australia 71 69 59
70 University of Edinburgh UK 70 70 64
71 University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill
USA 69 71 65
72 Universidad Nacional
Autónoma de México
Mexico 68 68 68
73 Paris Dauphine University France 67 85 85
74 Tsinghua University China 66.7 74 72
75 University of Surrey UK 66.2 84
76 University of Queensland Australia 66 77 77
77 Georgia Institute of Technology USA 65 76 82
78 Tohoku University JAPAN 64 73 73
79 National Taiwan University Taiwan 63 78 78
80 Uppsala University Sweden 62 75 74
81 University of Rochester USA 61.8 80 84
82 University of Groningen Netherlands 61.4 81 80
83 University of Bern Switzerland 61 82 81
84 University of Adelaide Australia 60.9 83 83
85 Ecole Centrale de Paris France 60.5 86 88
86 Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur
INDIA 60.2 79
87 University of York UK 60 91 94
88 Ramon Llul University/ESADE Spain 59 NEW
89 University of Washington USA 58 89 89
90 University of Sciences
Philadephia
USA 57 95
91 Purdue University USA 56.7 96 92
92 Washington University
St.Louis
USA 56.2 92 87
93 University of Pittsburg
Bradford
USA 56 93
94 University of Amsterdam Netherlands 55 90 86
95 Stockholm University Sweden 54 87 91
96 Heriot-Watt University UK 53 97
97 University of Delhi INDIA 52 99
98 Bradley University USA 51.5 98
99 Grenoble Ecole de
Management
France 51 100
100 University of Hawaii Hilo USA 50 NEW

 

By sifting through information collected from students, faculty and recruiters of 1,300 institutes across the world, Youth Inc gives you a ranking of the top 100 institutes in the world

HOW HAVE THE INSTITUTES FARED COMPARED TO 2012 AND 2013?

Placing the 2014 top 100 ranking against those we conducted in 2012 and 2013, a comparison of the performance of the institutes over the years is clearly visible. Harvard University has retained its pole position at the top of the rankings with a perfect score that it managed to attain in the previous years as well. Stanford University and University of Pennsylvania rank second and third respectively with near perfect scores as well. The top 10 of last year have managed to stay in the top of the table with a few universities improving on their previous rank and a few dropping by a rank or two. The top 10 continues to be dominated by American institutes with the only exception being University of Oxford which has moved up to rank 4. When set against the surveys of the previous years, most universities in the top 100 seem to have a consistent performance with a similar ranking over the years.

THE INDIA STORY

The four Indian institutes that appear in the ranking this year are the same institutes that figured last year as well. The only difference is how much they’ve slipped in their scores and ranks. This disconcerting outcome notwithstanding,  we again question why no institutes other than the IITs (save for University of Delhi) are comparable to international universities. We were hopeful last year about educational reforms in the country, but it seems in one year the reforms have had no effect on India’s higher education institutes.
As recently as three years ago, the government’s favourite phrase was ‘knowledge economy’ – build an economy on the foundations of world class education. This plan seems to have gone pear-shaped. According to UNESCO’s 11th Education For All Global Monitoring Report, which was released in the last week of January and reported by Hindustan Times, 90% of children from poor families remain illiterate despite completing four years of school education. At a higher level, if the National Skill Report 2014 (prepared by the CII, PeopleStrong and Wheebox) is anything to go by, about 70% of the graduates produced by Indian institutes are unemployable.
Contrary to what the government’s spin doctors would like us to believe, the standard of higher education in India is sliding. Perhaps to salvage what is left of it, the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), has developed a road map for improving the state of education in the country. Vision 2030, as written about by T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman of the FICCI Higher Education Committee, envisions that by the year 2030 “50% of our youth would be in the higher education system, at least 23 Indian universities would be among the global top 200 and 6 Indian intellectuals would have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Our country would be among top 5 countries globally in cited research output, its research capabilities boosted by annual R&D spends totalling over $140 billion.”
This is a lofty aim indeed, but it cannot be achieved without the government’s participation. And here’s hoping their participation is more than just some ‘reforms’ that see no results.

BEST REGIONAL UNIVESITIES 2014

Top US Universities

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Australian Universities

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

 

Top European Universities

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Oxford UK
2 Imperial College London UK
3 London School of Economics UK
4 University of Cambridge UK
5 IE University Spain
6 École Normale Supérieure France
7 Ludwig-Maximilians-
Universität München
Germany
8 École Polytechnique
Fédérale de Lausanne
Switzerland
9 University College London UK
10 University of Zürich Switzerland

 

Top Asian Universities

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Tokyo Japan
2 National University Singapore Singapore
3 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India
4 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
5 Hong Kong University of Science &
Technology
China
6 Chinese University of Hong Kong China
7 Peking University China
8 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
9 Fudan University China
10 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan

 

TOP UNIVERSITIES IN DIFFERENT STREAMS

LIFE SCIENCES & MEDICINE

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

 

PURE SCIENCES

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART & HUMANITIES

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS PROGRAMMES

Rank Institution Country
1 Stanford University USA
2 Harvard University USA
3 National University Singapore Singapore
4 University of Oxford UK
5 IE University Spain
6 Columbia University USA
7 London School of Economics UK
8 University of Cambridge UK
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
10 University of Michigan Ann Arbor USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES

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

 

WHAT STUDENTS WANT

While conducting the analysis of the best universities in the world, we ranked them according to the individual factors students consider to be a bench mark of a prestigious university. Here are the ratings according to the responses of  current students of the institutes

Overall, I am very satisfied with my institute

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT SATISFACTION

Rank Institution Country
1 Cornell University USA
2 Stanford University USA
3 Harvard University USA
4 Brown University USA
5 University of Pennsylvania USA
6 University of Oxford UK
7 École Normale Supérieure France
8 IE University Spain
9 Princeton University USA
10 Columbia University USA

 

I applied for and received a good scholarship to attend my institution

 

 

 

 

 

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY

Rank Institution Country
1 Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay
India
2 Indian Institute of Technology
Delhi
India
3 National University Singapore Singapore
4 Yale University USA
5 Hong Kong University of
Science & Technology
China
6 Universität Heidelberg Germany
7 Cornell University USA
8 University of Tokyo Japan
9 Columbia University USA
10 IE University Spain

 

Most teaching faculty often use innovative ways to teach subjects

 

 

 

 

 

INNOVATION IN TEACHING METHODOLOGIES

Rank Institution Country
1 Stanford University USA
2 Harvard University USA
3 Northwestern University USA
4 Princeton University USA
5 Brown University USA
6 Dartmouth College USA
7 Columbia University USA
8 École Normale Supérieure France
9 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
München
Germany
10 New York University USA

 

My institution provides very good campus support including housing

 

 

 

 

 

CAMPUS FACILITIES

Rank Institution Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 Columbia University USA
3 Cornell University USA
4 Massachusetts Institute of
Technology
USA
5 Princeton University USA
6 University of Cambridge UK
7 California Institute of
Technology
USA
8 Oxford University UK
9 University of Chicago USA
10 Dartmouth College USA

 

My institution has a career service cell and is well known with recruiters

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER SERVICES

Rank Institution Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 Stanford University USA
3 University of Pennsylvania USA
4 Cornell University USA
5 Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay
India
6 Columbia University USA
7 Carnegie Mellon University USA
8 Massachusetts Institute of
Technology
USA
9 University of California Berkeley USA
10 Dartmouth College USA

 

My institution encourages me to participate in extracurricular activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My institution has many exchange programmes with other institutions and I have taken or will take part in such exchange programmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is sufficient international diversity in my class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The programmes taught in my institute are innovative and include company vists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My institution encourages real life learning and helps organise internships with companies

 

 

 

 

 

RECRUITER SATISFACTION

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Pennsylvania USA
2 Harvard University USA
3 tanford University USA
4 Carnegie Mellon University USA
5 Brown University USA
6 ndian Institute of Technology
Bombay
India
7 Hong Kong University of Science
& Technology
China
8 New York University USA
9 National University Singapore Singapore
10 IE University Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY RANKING

Youth Inc’s Research Unit (YRU) tabulated the extensive data collected from institutes, students and recruiters, and analysed it to find the best institutes around the world

We chose institutes across the world after having discussions with thousands of students, recruiters and faculty. Youth Inc’s Research Unit (YRU) also studied domestic rankings in various countries to find the best institutes.
We sent survey links to 1,300 institutes and provided them with unique codes so that they could submit their responses online. Institutes were also provided links to online surveys where their current students were asked to rate specific statements that pertained to the factors considered in this ranking. Institutes also sent separate survey links to their recruiters who in turn rated the institute’s career management cell as well as student employability.
Over 8,000 additional recruiters were sent emails with a survey link. The recruiter list was prepared from the responses of the institutes and also included internationally well-known recruiters.
Below are the factors we considered and the overall weightage assigned to them:
* Careers, recruitment and industry viability of students – 55%
* Diversity and international outlook – 10%
* Innovation – 10%
* Campus, extracurricular activities, exchange programmes – 15%
* Money, student satisfaction – 10%

CAREERS, RECRUITMENT AND INDUSTRY VIABILITY OF STUDENTS – 55%
This category significantly impacts the overall score of an institute since it is the most weighted factor. One of the most important criteria to select institutes is the student’s industry viability after graduation. Recruiters were asked to list and rate the institutes that they were most likely to recruit from. They were asked the likelihood of recruiting again from the same institute and their satisfaction with the institute’s career cell. Recruiters rated students on various factors including analytical and problem solving skills, leadership potential, communication and interpersonal skills and so on. Institutes and students were also asked about the availability and functioning of a career service cell on campus and how active such a service was. We also considered what percentage of students were actually placed, both domestically and internationally, through the institute’s career service cell. Students reported the availability and ease of obtaining internships.

DIVERSITY AND INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK – 10%
This category looks not only at diversity of faculty but also at diversity of students in class. The international outlook includes international students that are attracted and retained by the institute. 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 considered. Institutes also reported the percentage of the faculty that were international, hold a doctorate degree and accredited with their own publishing material along with the gender diversity of the faculty. Students were asked to rate the student and faculty diversity in their class.

 

 

INNOVATION – 10%
This category looks at the innovation used to construct and teach programmes and how faculty engage the students; an important factor in the overall  perception of an institute. We considered the different ways in which an institute constructs programmes. Institutes were asked to select from a list 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 made after surveying students across different campuses worldwide.  Students were asked to report how satisfied they are with faculty who use innovative ways to teach subjects.

CAMPUS, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES – 15%
This category considers the support students receive on campus and the availability of extracurricular activities. The exchange programmes offered by the institute and how actively students are encouraged to opt for such programmes was also considered. We asked the institutes to select the different types of assistance provided by the student office or a similar body on campus. Our initial list was selected after surveying students across different campuses worldwide. Students reported if they were encouraged by the institute to participate in different extracurricular activities on campus.  Institutes were asked to report the percentage of students that opted for exchange programs. We also considered the exchange students present on the institute’s campus.

 

 

 

 

MONEY, STUDENT SATISFACTION – 10%
This category takes into account a critical part of college education today – finances. And more importantly, how satisfied a student is with the institute. We considered students’ opinions on whether a particular institute was perceived as ‘value for money’. We also asked institutes to state the percentage of students who received some sort of funding from the institutes. Students were asked to rate their institutes on various factors including attitude of staff and professors, location, course content and so on and institutes were asked to report the graduation rate of students enrolled and what percentage of students transfer out of the institution.

SCORES
We calculated the standard deviation and standard scores (Z scores) so that we could combine and analyse the data with more accuracy and reliability. Below 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. The total scores were then sorted from highest to lowest. The institute with the highest score was ranked first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT JUST NUMBERS
After we calculated 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. This happened in the case of three institutes.

MISSING DATA
In a few rare occasions, some institutes did not supply data for all the questions in the survey. When data was missing which affected low-weighted factors such as value for money or campus support, we entered an estimate between the average and the lowest value reported by the institute. By following such a practice we did not excessively penalise an institution with a ‘zero’ for data that it could not provide. At the same time, the institute was not rewarded.

EXCLUSION OF INSTITUTES
We required that at least 20% of the class size (of any specific institute) answer the student survey. Hence, some institutes were disqualified from our ranking because of lack of responses to the student survey.

INSTITUTES THAT DID NOT FILL OUT THE SURVEY REPORTS IN TIME
Out of 1,300 institutes that were contacted, 19% of the institutes did not complete the survey on time or did not respond. We used publicly available information on some of these institutes to include them in our ranking. We also contacted current students and recruiters of these institutes and compared the data we received with the data from institutes that participated in our survey.

 

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  1. Why are there not more colleges in Canada? Canada is a very good education destination and allows Indians to stay back and live there

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