Global University Ranking 2016

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TOP 100 UNIVERSITY RANKINGS TO PURSUE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM: AN ALL-INCLUSIVE SURVEY OF UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE WORLD

Having conducted extensive research by contacting 1900 institutes and over 9000 recruiters around the world, Youth Inc has ranked the top 100 universities in the world where you can pursue an undergraduate programme
Welcome to the Youth Incorporated, Education Times and Rediff.com Global University Rankings 2016. 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 students looking to enroll in the best programmes the world over.
We got in touch with 1900 institutes to gauge their responses to unbiased questions that would help us evaluate the quality of the educational experience provided by them. We also considered the responses from the current students attending the universities as well as official responses from their respective administrative bodies. In addition to this, we procured information from 9000 recruiters that have previously recruited graduates from the institutes considered in the surveys. Once the data was gathered, 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 while ranking the institutes. This meticulous method was employed by us to bring out the rankings of the top 100 universities worldwide. We were also able to provide rankings based on regional distribution and streams of study. To give the readers a holistic view of how a particular institute has fared over the years, the ranking for this year was placed against our previously conducted annual rankings. We hope our in depth survey will guide students in making the right choice yet again!

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY SCORE 2015 RANK 2014 RANK 2013 RANK 2012 RANK
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA 100 1- 1- 1- 1-
2 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA 99 2- 2- 2- 2-
3 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA 98 4 5 4 3-
4 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA USA 97 5 3 3 7
5 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA 96.5 7 9 8 8
6 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK 96 3 4 5 4
7 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO USA 95.7 6 6 6 5
8 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA 95 9 8- 10 10
9 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA 94.5 11 11 12 12
10 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN 94 14 25 29 37
11 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY USA 93.7 8 10 9 11-
12 YALE UNIVERSITY USA 93 10 7 7 6
13 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS UK 92 12 13- 16 20
14 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK 91.5 13 12 13 9
15 UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO JAPAN 91 15- 15- 17 17
16 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK 90.4 16- 14 11 18
17 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY USA 90.1 18 21 23 25
18 CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY USA 89.4 22 19 22 22
19 ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE FRANCE 88.5 23 26 25 21
20 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUMBAI INDIA 88 20- 24 19 31
21 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR USA 87 21- 20 20 15
22 BROWN UNIVERSITY USA 86.5 19 16 14 24
23 UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO CANADA 86 17 17 15
24 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI INDIA 85 27 27 27
25 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE SINGAPORE 84 25- 23 26 29
26 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES USA 83 24 18 21 23
27 HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CHINA 82 28 29 33 35
28 UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 81 26 22 24 19
29 DUKE UNIVERSITY USA 80.5 33 33 28 28
30 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY USA 80.1 29 30- 31 NO
31 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY USA 79.4 31- 28 18 14
32 LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN GERMANY 79 30 32- 32- 32-
33 UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA USA 78 38 41 39 43
34 UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO BRAZIL 77 39 39 41 47
35 ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND 76 36 36 36 36
36 KING’S COLLEGE LONDON UK 75.5 41 43 43 40
37 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK 75 34 37- 37- 26
38 CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG CHINA 74.6 32 31 30 27
39 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN USA 74 40 40 45 45
40 UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN DENMARK 73.7 43 45 40- 38
41 RICE UNIVERSITY USA 73.2 44 44 44 44
42 UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA 73 45 46 46 42-
43 EMORY UNIVERSITY USA 72.8 35 38 35 33
44 UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH SWITZERLAND 72.4 42 42 42 39
45 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY USA 72 37 35 34 34
46 TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN GERMANY 71 51 47 50 53
47 PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE CHILE 70 53 53 48 48
48 DARTMOUTH COLLEGE USA 69 46 34 38 41
49 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA USA 68.6 54 57 61 57
50 HEC FRANCE 68.2 47 50- 53 55
51 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI FINLAND 67.3 49 49 51- 51-
52 UNIVERSITAT HEIDELBERG GERMANY 67.1 52- 52- 49 50
53 PEKING UNIVERSITY CHINA 66.5 48 48 47 52
54 UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY AUSTRALIA 66 50 51 52 46
55 FUDAN UNIVERSITY CHINA 65 56 56 57 69
56 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA 64 58 58 58 58
57 ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FRANCE 63 64 68 64 71
58 TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY JAPAN 62 60 59 59 66
59 UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA 61 57 55 55 56
60 MONASH UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA 60 65 65 65 67
61 UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK 59.8 68 70 70 64
62 VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY USA 59.2 55 62- 54 49
63 ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM NETHERLANDS 58.6 67 67 67 70
64 NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE 58.3 61 54 56 61
65 UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK UK 58 59 61 62 75
66 SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY KOREA 57.8 62 60 60 60
67 UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM UK 57.3 63 66 66
68 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL USA 57 71 71 71 65
69 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA 56.4 73 76 77 77
70 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON USA 56 66 64 63 62
71 UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA 55 69 69 69 59
72 TOHOKU UNIVERSITY JAPAN 54.6 74 78 73 73
73 UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO MEXICO 54 72 72 68 68
74 PARIS DAUPHINE UNIVERSITY FRANCE 53 70 73 85 85
75 UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER USA 52 81 81 80 84
76 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KANPUR INDIA 51 80 86 79
77 UPPSALA UNIVERSITY SWEDEN 50.5 83 80 75 74
78 ESADE BUSINESS SCHOOL SPAIN 50 85 88
79 UNIVERSITY OF BERN SWITZERLAND 49 79- 83 82 81
80 UNIVERSITY OF DELHI INDIA 48 90 97 99
81 UNIVERSITY OF YORK UK 47 87 87 91 94
82 UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN NETHERLANDS 46 78 82- 81 80
83 UNIVERSITY OF SURREY UK 45.2 75 75 84
84 NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY TAIWAN 45 84- 79 78 78
85 UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND 44 76 63 72 76
86 UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA 43 86- 84 83 83
87 TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY CHINA 42 77 74 74 72
88 ECOLE CENTRALE DE PARIS FRANCE 41.4 88- 85 86 88
89 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON USA 41 89- 89- 89- 89-
90 GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA 40.8 82 77 76 82
91 UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCES PHILADELPHIA USA 40.3 93 90 95
92 STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY SWEDEN 40 92- 95 87 91
93 BRADLEY UNIVERSITY USA 39.5 96 98 98
94 UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII HILO USA 39.1 97 100
95 PURDUE UNIVERSITY USA 38.6 91 91 96 92
96 UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS 38.1 94 94 90 86
97 GRENOBLE ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT FRANCE 37 98 99 100
98 UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURG BRADFORD USA 36 95 93 93
99 HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY UK 35 100 96 97
100 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ST LOUIS USA 34 99 92 92 87

 

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How have the institutes fared compared to 2014 and 2015?

Placing the 2016 top rankings against those we conducted in 2014 and 2015, a comparison of the performance of the institutes over the years in 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology rank second and third respectively with near perfect scores. The top 10 of 2015 have managed to stay at 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 exception of University of Oxford and IE University which has moved up to rank 10 this year.
Among the Asian universities, University of Tokyo retains its position at rank 15 from 2015 and 2014. It’s followed by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay which has retained its position at 20 and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi which has moved up to rank 24 followed by the National University of Singapore which is at 25 since last year.
As is evident, most universities in the top 100 seem to show a consistent performance over the years with
similar rankings.

the india story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The India Story

The 2016 Global University Rankings haven’t had too much of an effect on Indian Universities per se. The four colleges that have always appeared in our rankings are still the same, and we haven’t seen any new college rising up to the top 100 as we would have hoped. IIT-Bombay managed to crack into the top 20 of the world in 2015, and has managed to maintain its position at the same rank. IIT-Delhi fared very well, jumping up three spaces from its earlier 27th rank, and is now ranked at 24 in the global rankings. IIT-Kanpur also showed a positive climb, jumping up 4 spaces from its 2015’s 80th rank to the 76th in 2016. Considering IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur had both been showing considerable consistency over the past few years, we were optimistic of this climb. We hope to see IIT-Delhi in the top 20 next year, or at least closer to the mark.
India has always been a youthcentric country. The latest 2011 census data that was released this January showed that around 41 percent of India’s population is below the age of 20 years, with more than 50% below the age of 25. A recent UN report also reported India to have the largest youth population in the world, and this is despite having a smaller overall population than China. There is a high demand for quality education in the country, sure, but are we supplying this demand? There is a lot of talk about how Indian students prefer to study abroad and then eventually end up settling there, thus not spending their valuable resources on developing India. But can we blame them? With just four Indian universities in the top 100 global rankings, students preferring to study abroad to better their chances of getting a more advanced education should not come as a surprise. Universities abroad also show an advanced level of infrastructure and placement opportunities, which is a key factor that students consider while deciding upon where to pursue their future studies.
For a country that bases its youngsters’ success on their education, at least from a societal perspective, India certainly needs to focus more on developing its educational institutes further.

Best Regional Universities 2016

TOP EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES 2016

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
2 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN
3 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS UK
4 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
5 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
6 ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE FRANCE
7 LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN GERMANY
8 KING’S COLLEGE LONDON UK
9 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK
10 ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND

 

TOP US UNIVERSITIES 2016

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
2 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
3 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
4 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA USA
5 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
6 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO USA
7 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
8 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
9 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY USA
10 YALE UNIVERSITY USA

 

TOP ASIAN UNIVERSITIES 2016

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO JAPAN
2 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUMBAI INDIA
3 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI INDIA
4 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
5 HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CHINA
6 CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HONG KONG
7 PEKING UNIVERSITY CHINA
8 FUDAN UNIVERSITY CHINA
9 TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY JAPAN
10 NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE

 

TOP AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES 2016

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
2 UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
3 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA
4 MONASH UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA
5 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
6 UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA
7 UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA

 

top 100 university rankings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Universities In Different Streams

PURE SCIENCES

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
2 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
3 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
4 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY USA
5 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
6 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
7 YALE UNIVERSITY USA
8 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
9 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
10 UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO JAPAN

 

ENGINEERING PROGRAMS

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
2 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
3 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
4 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUMBAI INDIA
5 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
6 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
7 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
8 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI INDIA
9 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
10 GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA

 

LIFE SCIENCES & MEDICINE

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
2 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
3 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
4 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY USA
5 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY USA
6 YALE UNIVERSITY USA
7 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
8 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA USA
9 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
10 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA

 

ART AND HUMANITIES

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
2 HARVARD 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 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
10 UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO JAPAN

 

BUSINESS PROGRAMS

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
2 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN
3 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
4 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
5 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
6 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
7 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS UK
8 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
9 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
10 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR USA

 

What Students Want

best value for money

 

 

 

 

 

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUMBAI INDIA
2 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI INDIA
3 HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CHINA
4 UNIVERSITAT HEIDELBERG GERMANY
5 UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO JAPAN
6 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN
7 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
8 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
9 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
10 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY USA

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student satisfaction

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT SATISFACTION

 

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
2 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
3 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN
4 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO USA
5 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA USA
6 ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE FRANCE
7 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
8 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
9 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
10 YALE UNIVERSITY USA

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There are a lot of individual factors that students consider while selecting an university to study abroad. We rated the prestigious universities across the world based on such individual factors. These ratings have been given according to the responses of the current students in the institutes

recruiter satisfaction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECRUITER SATISFACTION

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
2 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
3 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN
4 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA USA
5 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUMBAI INDIA
6 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
7 YALE UNIVERSITY USA
8 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY USA
9 HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CHINA
10 CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY USA

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CAMPUS FACILITIES

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
2 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
3 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
4 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY USA
5 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
6 YALE UNIVERSITY USA
7 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
8 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
9 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
10 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA USA

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innovation in teaching methodologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INNOVATION IN TEACHING METHODOLOGIES

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN
2 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
3 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
4 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
5 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY USA
6 CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY USA
7 ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE FRANCE
8 LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN GERMANY
9 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY USA
10 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO USA

 

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CAREER SERVICES

RANK INSTITUTE COUNTRY
1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY USA
2 STANFORD UNIVERSITY USA
3 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA USA
4 IE UNIVERSITY SPAIN
5 CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA
6 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY USA
7 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY USA
8 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUMBAI INDIA
9 CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY USA
10 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY USA

 

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RANKING ANALYSIS

THE TEACHING FACULTY AT MY INSTITUTION ARE VERY RECEPTIVE DISCUSSIONS, QUESTIONS AND NEW IDEAS 
80 per cent of students polled from our top 100 universities agreed that their teaching faculty was open to discussions, questions and new ideas. This is one of the best indicators of a good educational institute, so it is clear that the best institutes encourage interaction between the students and faculty.

THE PROGRAMMES TAUGHT IN MY INSTITUTE ARE INNOVATIVE AND INCLUDE COMPANY VISITS.
75 per cent of students at the top 100 institutes agreed that the programmes that they were taught were innovative. Education is constantly evolving, and the best institutes update their curricula regularly to keep in touch with the times.

MY CLASSMATES ENHANCE MY LEARNING EXPERIENCE BY CONTRIBUTING TO CLASS DISCUSSIONS.
80 per cent of students polled felt that their learning experience was greatly enhanced by their peers’
contributions. The best institutes competitively select the best students, and learning at these top 100 is clearly enhanced by the quality of classroom discussions.

THERE IS SUFFICIENT GENDER DIVERSITY IN MY CLASS
45 per cent of students polled felt that the gender diversity in their classes was insufficient. These top institutes need to do more to encourage women to take up science and business related fields to encourage gender equality in society.

THERE IS SUFFICIENT INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY IN MY CLASS.
70 per cent of students polled felt that the international diversity in their classes was sufficient. International diversity is a strong factor that attracts students from all over the world to study at these top institutes. In recent years, the numbers of scholarships offered to international students have been reduced and this trend needs to be checked to maintain a diverse classroom.

I FEEL THAT MY INSTITUTION PROVIDES VALUE FOR THE MONEY I PAID.
70 per cent of students polled felt that the institutes they were at did not provide value for money. The top 100 institutes in our rankings list are the most expensive to study in the world. With the economic crisis affecting most of the West and fluctuations in the Asian markets, it has become more difficult for gradates to find jobs. The institutes need to work harder to build up their career services and internship opportunities for students.

ranking methodology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RANKING METHODOLOGY

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 1900 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 9000 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.

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 criterions 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 was international, holds 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 of 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.

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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 analyzed 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 5 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 factors which were low-weighted 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 rack of responses to the student survey.

INSTITUTES THAT DID NOT FILL OUT THE SURVEY REPORTS IN TIME
Out of 1900 institutes that were contacted, 16% 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.

 

Volume 5 Issue 9

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