The US, the UK and Singapore dominate the top 10 in the latest QS World University Rankings for engineering and technology subjects.
Based on multiple factors - including graduate employment opportunities, citations of published research and the international staff and student ratios - the annual ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds established the global number one as being the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by Stanford University in second place and Cambridge, the best UK school, occupying third position.
Unlike the overall rankings, where only one non-UK/US university made the top 10, the engineering and technology field is much more diverse. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology takes fifth place and Singapore’s National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University occupy the fourth and sixth positions respectively.
In addition to Cambridge, Imperial College London and Oxford also made the top 10, taking seventh and ninth spots respectively.
The University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard (both in the US) complete the top 10, in positions eight and ten.
The University of Manchester and University College London are the only remaining UK universities to make the top 50, taking 47th and 50th place.
Universities from China, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong as well as several European and Australian institutions made the top 50 in the engineering and technology ranking, which is far more diverse than the general university rankings, still dominated by the English-speaking nations.
"The UK remains second only to the US as a higher education destination,” said John O'Leary, a member of the QS global advisory board.
"The leading universities may have lost ground, but they still make up four of the top 10 in the world."