The definitive ranking of the 39 best universities in the world

Duke University/FacebookDuke University, in North Carolina, USA, scored 83.9 overall.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remains the best university in the world for a seventh consecutive year, according to the latest ranking from education research firm Quacquarelli Symonds.

Every year QS ranks universities around the world using a methodology that evaluates academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, as well as international reputation.

Using a points system, QS then rates the universities out of 100. They use these numbers to determine the best universities in the world.

MIT scored a 100 in every category, and as a result gained a perfect overall score, beating the likes of Harvard and Oxford University.

The latest rankings were published last week and can be found on the QS website.

39 universities gained a rating of more than 80 out of 100, spanning four continents, and almost a dozen different countries. The USA dominates the top of the list, while the UK and China are also prominent.

See who made the cut:


39. University of Melbourne, Australia — 80.1 (overall score out of 100)

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38. London School of Economics, UK — 80.2


37. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — 80.5


36. Seoul National University, South Korea — 80.6


35. Kyoto University, Japan — 81.2


34. Northwestern University, USA — 81.5


33. McGill University, Canada — 81.7


32. University of California, Los Angeles, USA — 81.9

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31. King’s College London, UK — 82.5


30. Peking University, China — 82.6


29. University of Manchester, UK — 82.9

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28. University of Toronto, Canada — 83.0


27. University of California, Berkeley, USA — 83.2

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26. Duke University, USA — 83.9


25. University of Hong Kong — 84.3


24. Australian National University, Australia — 84.4


23. University of Tokyo, Japan — 85.3


22. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland — 85.8


21. Johns Hopkins University, USA — 85.9


20. University of Michigan, USA —86.4

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19. University of Pennsylvania, USA — 86.5

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18. University of Edinburgh, UK — 86.9


17. Tsinghua University, China — 87.2

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16. Columbia University, USA — 88.5


15. Yale University, USA — 89.6

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14. Cornell University, USA — 90.5


13. Princeton University, USA — 90.9


12. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — 91.3


11. National University of Singapore, Singapore — 92.0


10. University College London, UK — 92.9

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9. University of Chicago, USA — 93.2

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8. Imperial College London, UK — 93.3


7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland — 95.3


6. University of Cambridge, UK — 95.6

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5. University of Oxford, UK — 96.8

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4. California Institute of Technology, USA — 97.2


3. Harvard University, USA — 98.5


2. Stanford University, USA — 98.6


1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA — 100

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