Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been ranked the first university in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), producers of the QS World University Rankings, with the University of Cambridge and Imperial College, London jointly taking the second spot.
According to Quacquarelli Symonds, the global emphasis on high-impact scientific and technological research is the key driver of the leadership of these institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15.
The QS World University Rankings 2014/15 reveals that the top ten fastest risers since 2009 are: MIT, Sungkyunkwan University (Korea), EPFL (Switzerland), Stanford, LMU München, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Korea University, Zhejiang University (China), Queen Mary, University of London and ETH Zurich. Eight of these institutions feature key strengths in science and technology.
“In the wake of the recession, both governments and private sector funding source are placing greater emphasis on high-impact STEM research, much of which takes place in specialist institutions,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “Tech-focused institutions are increasingly the focal point of a global race for innovation. With budgets from public sources increasingly coming under strain, institutions seem more focused than ever on potentially lucrative research in science, technology and medicine.”