LONDON, September 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
MIT beats Harvard and Cambridge to retain the top spot in the tenth annual QS World University Rankings.
The US takes 11 of the top 20 positions, but its dominance has eroded since the financial crisis. Of the 83 US universities in the top 400, 64 rank lower than in 2007/8.
The 43 US public universities in the top 400 have lost an average of 20 places since 2007/8, following successive government funding cuts.
In contrast, 70% of the 62 Asian institutions in the top 400 rank higher than in 2007, yet still no Asian institution in the top 20.
- International student intake up 9% at top 100 universities
- US takes top 10 places for research citations
- Record survey responses: 62,094 academics and 27,957 employers
- 800+ universities ranked
- UK: Four institutions in top 10; Oxford and Cambridge 1st and 2nd for employer reputation
- Australia: Melbourne (31st) catching up with ANU (27th)
- Asia: National University of Singapore (24th) overtakes University of Hong Kong (26th)
- Canada: Toronto (17th) overtakes McGill (21st)
- Continental Europe: ETH Zurich (12th) and EPFL Lausanne (19th=) lead as nine of region's top 10 maintain or improve position
- Nordic Countries: University of Copenhagen (45th) leads as twenty rise
- Latin America: Universidade de São Paulo (127th) leads, nine of region's top ten rise
- Africa/ME: 33 in top 800, led by King Fahd University (216th)
Global Top Ten
2013 2012 Institution 1 1 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY US 2 3 HARVARD UNIVERSITY US 3 2 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE GB 4 4 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON GB 5 6 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON GB 6 5 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD GB 7 15 STANFORD UNIVERSITY US 8 7 YALE UNIVERSITY US 9 8 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US 10= 10 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY US 10= 9 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY US
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Researchers say austerity measures in the wake of the recession have contributed to an "affordability crisis" for students at leading institutions.
Average annual undergraduate tuition fees in the top 10 are up to a record high of around US$34,000, nearly double the 2007 average of $18,500.
"The decline in affordable publicly funded education and the increasing dominance of private institutions means many students may now risk being priced out of a world-class education," says QS head of research Ben Sowter.
 Excludes financial aid and additional costs.
SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds