U.S. Universities Dominate Latest QS World Rankings By Academic Field

US universities continue to dominate the world university rankings based on ratings from 54 different academic disciplines. The rankings are included in the thirteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject by university analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

The QS Ranking 2023 is based on an analysis of over 15,700 individual coursesat 1,594 universities in 93 countries and territories.

The United States had the most top 10 programs (256), followed by the United Kingdom with 145 and Switzerland with 32.

Universities in the US took the top spot with 32 subjects Harvard University First place out of fourteen, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim the lead in eleven.

Harvard University ranked first in these disciplines: history, life sciences, pharmacy and pharmacology, psychology, chemistry, environmental science, accounting and finance, business administration, economics and econometrics, law and jurisprudence, politics, sociology, social policy, and medicine.

MIT ranked #1 in the following QA disciplines: chemical engineering; construction and building construction; Informatics and information systems; data science and artificial intelligence; electrical and electronic engineering; Linguistics; materials science; mechanical engineering, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering; Mathematics; physics and astronomy; and statistics and operations research.

The University of Pennsylvania took first place in two subjects – Nursing and Marketing.

The other US universities that took first place were:

  • University of Notre Dame (Theology, Theology and Religion),
  • University of Michigan (dentistry),
  • University of Texas (petroleum technology),
  • New York University (philosophy) and
  • Colorado Mining School (Mineral and mining technology).

British universities took the top spot in 15 subjects with the University of Oxford Leading in four while Cambridge, University College London and the Royal College of Art each lead two.

ETH Zurich was the best university in continental Europe, taking first place in three subjects.

The QS World University rankings were calculated using five criteria:

  • academic reputation. Academic experts are asked to nominate up to 10 national and 30 international institutions that they consider excellent for research in the respective field.
  • reputation of the employer. Employers are asked to nominate up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they consider excellent for graduate recruitment. You will also be asked to indicate which disciplines you prefer to recruit from.
  • Research citations per article. Citation data is from Elsevier Scopus. A minimum publication threshold is set for each topic to avoid potential anomalies caused by a small number of frequently cited articles.
  • H index. The H-Index measures both the productivity and influence of an academic or department at a university. It is based on the scientist’s most cited articles and the number of citations he received in other publications.
  • International research network. The IRN Index reflects the ability of institutions to diversify the geography of their international research network by building sustainable research partnerships with other higher education institutions.

Commentary on the latest rankings, Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice President, said: “Our largest subject ranking to date provides a deeper understanding of how excellence in higher education is achieved around the world. Sustainable targeted investments and international cooperation are important pillars on which progress can be made. In addition, we are improving industrial relations correlated with better employment, research and innovation outcomes.”

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