January 23, 2022

Reference: 2016-2017 QS World University Rankings Released

From the QS World University Rankings Website:

The QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, released today, showcases just over 900 of the top universities in the world. If you consider that there are an estimated 20,000 universities worldwide in total, it’s clear that ranking among the top 900 is quite an achievement – while those in the top 100 are truly part of a global elite.

Holding onto the top spot for the fifth consecutive year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is now followed by Stanford University, which has climbed one place this year. Harvard University (which led the ranking from 2004-9) is now third, while the University of Cambridge (another former table-topper) slips to fourth, having shared joint third with Stanford last year.

The rest of the top 10 is predominantly stable, though Switzerland’s ETH Zurich continues its upwards trajectory, switching places with the UK’s Imperial College London.

There’s a slight pause in momentum for Asia’s frontrunners – the National University of Singapore and country-mate Nanyang Technological University – which hold steady at 12th and 13th respectively. A little further down the list, China’s leading light, Tsinghua University, climbs one place to its highest-ever position, at joint 24th.

Selected Resources

Top 10 List/Summary

Complete List (Searchable)
Lists back to 2013 are also available.

QS World University Rankings by Subject

QS World University Rankings by Faculty

QS University Rankings by Region


World University Rankings FAQ

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the QS World University Rankings

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