The Massachusetts Institute of Technology maintains its position as the world's best place to study engineering

Best engineering and technology universities revealed

Cambridge, Imperial College London and Oxford have been named among the ten best universities in the world to study engineering and technology disciplines.

According to the QS World University Rankings, the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology maintains its number one position as the best place to study engineering and technology in the world, followed by Stanford and Cambridge.

Four of the top ten schools are in the US, three in the UK, followed by two in Singapore - the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University. Switzerland completes the top ten with its Swiss Federal Institute of Technology taking the fifth place.

The engineering and technology ranking appears more diverse compared to the overall one, where only one non-British non-American school made the top ten – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

"Though US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings yet show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places,” said Ben Sowter, who leads the Intelligence Unit at London-based Quacquarelli Symonds, which compiles the research.

The ranking is based on ratings by academics and employers, as well as analysis of research papers and citations. The 2015/2016 ranking, described by Quacquarelli Symonds as the largest ever, took into account opinions of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers. Some 28.5 million research papers and 113 million citations were analysed as part of the comparison.

In addition to the power trio in the top ten, only five other UK universities made the top one hundred in engineering and technology. The University of Manchester ranked 47th, University College London 50th, the University of Edinburgh 73rd, the University of Birmingham 89th and the University of Southampton 90th.

The USA is by far the best place to study engineering and technology with 24 academic institutions in the top 100. However, Asia is on the rise with 36 engineering and technology universities among the best-rated one hundred. South Korea has seven universities among the engineering and technology top 100, China has six and Japan and India five. Overall 20 European (non-British) institutions made the top 100 representing quite a varied mix with Germany having four, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy two each, and Denmark, Greece, Belgium France, Spain, Russia, Austria and Ireland all represented with one university among the best places to study engineering and technology.

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