In the latest World Universities Ranking 2018 by QS, the two Swiss federal institutes of technology defended their high ranks: ETH Zurich came in 10th, maintaining its unique position as the only university from a non-English speaking country among the top 10. EPFL is close behind at 12th, moving up two notches!
The ranking is based on six factors – academic reputation through peer review (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty-student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%) as well as international faculty and student ratio (5% each) – and measures universities’ overall performance. Upon audition, QS furthermore awards QS Stars in areas such as graduate employability, university infrastructure or internationalization to provide a more detailed impression of an institution’s qualities.
Same as last year, the World University Rankings 2018 are topped by the US universities MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and Caltech, followed by British universities Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and Imperial College London. The other Swiss universities in the ranking include the University of Zurich at 73, the University of Geneva at 98, followed by the Universities of Lausanne, Basel, Bern, St. Gallen and Fribourg. All Swiss universities were stable in their ranking as compared to last year. As for their Japanese counterparts, the University of Tokyo gained 6 ranks and came in 28, followed by Kyoto University at 36, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Osaka University, among others.
Separately, the 2017 results have recently been newly published with additional rankings for five academic areas and within them 46 disciplines. ETH Zurich and EPFL both performed excellently in various disciplines within the areas of Engineering & Technology, as well as Natural Sciences. Namely, ETH Zurich came in first in the discipline of Earth & Marine Sciences and fifth in Architecture, among high rankings also in other disciplines.