The World's Best Universities 2021
Those wanting to apply to the best schools out there will no doubt look to the newly released list produced by QS World University Rankings, rating the best universities in the world for 2021.
Topping the Quacquarelli Symonds list is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with Stanford University and Harvard University coming in second and third. Other institutions featured in the top 10 include the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, along with California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Though just missing out on a top 10 position, the National University of Singapore (NUS) holds the eleventh position – the highest ranking Asian university on the list. The highest ranking university in Malaysia is Universiti Malaya at 59th, climbing 11 places from last year. Joining Universiti Malaya in the the top 200 are Universiti Putra Malaysia (132), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (141), Universiti Sains Malaysia (142) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (187), all of which also have moved up the ladder from last year's ranking.
The indicators used in the ranking system include academic reputation, employer reputation, student to faculty ratio, international student and faculty ratios and citations per faculty to give each school its overall score.