The University of Science and Technology (HKUST) jumped five places to 32nd, and Chinese University (CUHK) was up from 49th to 46th place. City University rose to 52nd from 55th, and Polytechnic University was ranked 91st, up 15 places from last year to enter the top 100.
All five Hong Kong universities were encouraged by QS to focus on “soft skills” to help boost their graduates’ careers.
Ben Sowter, QS research director, said: “HKU, HKUST, and CUHK have all suffered small drops in their ‘employer reputation’ performance. It is therefore crucial that your universities work hard to ensure that they cultivate graduates with the soft skills that make them highly employable.”
QS surveyed more than 94,000 academics and 44,000 employers to rank the world’s top universities from 82 countries. Universities were measured on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty-to-student ratio, and the proportions of international faculty and international students.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was ranked the world's best university for the eighth consecutive year. The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) were named the top Asian universities in the world, after being ranked joint 11th; China's Tsinghua University joins them in the top 20 in 16th place.
The top 10 is dominated by universities in the US and UK, and after MIT the top five included (in order) Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the California Institute of Technology.
In other key findings, the UK recorded its third-worst performance ever; the University of Cambridge hit its lowest-ever position (still a respectable 7th) but the University of Oxford rose to 4th. Also, while international student ratios at UK and US universities have consistently fallen, 69% of Australian universities have seen improvements in their ranks.
|1||1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||US|
|4||5||University of Oxford||UK|
|5||4||California Institute of Technology||US|
|7||6||University of Cambridge||UK|
|8||10||University College London||UK|
|9||8||Imperial College London||UK|
|10||9||University of Chicago||US|
|11=||12||Nanyang Technological University||SG|
|11=||11||National University of Singapore||SG|
|15||19||University of Pennsylvania||US|
|18=||22||Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||CH|
|20||18||University of Edinburgh||UK|