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Posted on June 15 2021

Top 20 Universities in the World for 2022

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023

QS World University Rankings 2022 are out. Recently revealed, the latest global rankings by QS are the first among the 2022 cycle of rankings for the Higher Education Report.

As per Anton John Crace, Editor, QS Quacquarelli Symonds, “the accelerating rate of change, in which the short-term forecast for higher education can shift from day to day, has meant adaptations to current research and pedagogy have had to be adapted again, and again, and again.”

In the present edition of the Higher Education Report, QS explores how institutions and education providers are setting as well as re-setting –

  • the way that programmes are delivered by them,
  • what has been learnt along the way,
  • what has undergone a change,
  • how have the changes come about, and
  • where they perceive things to be going in the future.

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have led to an increased interest in Creative Arts programmes, as students explore their individual interests and passions due to personal interaction being limited.

Certain industry experts are of the opinion that Creative Arts areas such as Creativity and Design Thinking might also become central to a post-pandemic recovery.

The QS World University Rankings 2022 is the biggest ever World University Ranking – featuring more global universities, more comparative data, and more survey responses.

With 1,300 intuitions in this year’s rankings and a “truly global coverage”, in the QS World University Rankings 2022 students have an invaluable resource for guiding them to choose the best university in the world for themselves.

As per QS, “This year, perhaps more than ever, students will look carefully at which university to attend, and with some countries recovering from COVID-19 at different rates than others, old perceptions may find themselves challenged by necessity.”

Keeping the findings in perspective, here, we shall be exploring the Top 20 Universities in the World for 2022.

QS World University Rankings 2022 – Top 20
Ranking Name of Institution Country
#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] US
#2 University of Oxford UK
#3 Stanford University US
#3 [tied] University of Cambridge UK
#5 Harvard University US
#6 California Institute of Technology [Caltech] US
#7 Imperial College London UK
#8 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
#8 [tied] University College London [UCL] UK
#10 University of Chicago US
#11 National University of Singapore [NUS] Singapore
#12 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore [NTU] Singapore
#13 University of Pennsylvania US
#14 École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne [EPFL] Switzerland
#14 [tied] Yale University US
#16 The University of Edinburgh UK
#17 Tsinghua University China
#18 Peking University China
#19 Columbia University US
#20 Princeton University US

While the QS World University Rankings have been published since 2004, there have been many refinements over the years for providing even stronger results.

How does the QS rank an educational institution?

The methodology used by QS for ranking purposes assess the factors of –

  • Academic Reputation, established through an annual survey. Responses from 130,000 academics were recorded for the 2022 rankings. Weightage given to factor – 40%.
  • Faculty to Student ratio, the number of academic staff per the number of students at the institution. A higher number of academics per student is an indirect indicator of the institution's commitment towards high-quality teaching. Weightage given to factor – 20%.
  • Citations per Faculty. Average number of citations secured per faculty member, providing an estimate of the quality as well as impact of the scientific work produced by the universities. Self-citations are not included. Weightage given to factor – 20%.
  • Employer Reputation, that is, views of employers internationally on the institutions providing the best professionals. For 2022, responses from 75,000+ employers were analysed. Weightage given to factor – 10%.
  • International Faculty. Based on the proportion of international faculty members, the International Faculty Index is a proxy measure for assessing as to how attractive the institution is to academic staff. Weightage given to factor – 5%.
  • International Students. This factor assesses as to how attractive is the institution to international students. Weightage given to factor – 5%.

QS seeks to provide a reliable tool that can be utilized by students, researchers, policymakers, educators and sector leaders for benchmarking and comparing global institutions across higher education.

As per QS, “Institutions at the top of their fields are, of course, tackling the big research issues of our time. COVID-19 and immunology, cancer research, obesity, Brexit and the effect on financial markets”.

Global institutions that made it to the top of the QS World University Rankings 2022 were those with “multi-disciplinary approaches to solving these issues”.

Study abroad offers a wide range of benefits. Here, we shall see the Top 10 reasons for studying overseas as an international student.
  1. Make your CV more impressive
  2. Increase your job prospects in the international market
  3. Learn a new foreign language, or brush up on your exiting skills in the English language
  4. Meet a diverse range of individuals from different backgrounds and nationalities
  5. Make international connection that might last a lifetime
  6. Gain life experience, living on your own independently
  7. Discover new and exciting foods
  8. Gain a broader perspective
  9. Get to know about different cultures
  10. Learn to be self-reliant
Top countries for study abroad include – the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. Many countries offer a wide range in permanent residency options for international students graduating from higher education institutions from within the country. If you are looking to Work, Study, Invest, Visit, or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company. If you found this blog engaging, you may also like … India produces highest number of highly educated migrants


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