Sunday

22nd Jul 2018

UK universities ranked best in EU

  • Students fiddle with "subfusc" - academic dress in Oxford University (Photo: Lawrence OP)

The UK hosts all the "world class" universities in Europe according to a study by QS, a US-based firm which helps business graduates to get jobs.

The world ranking, out on Tuesday (11 September), put Cambridge University at number two, University College London at number four, Oxford University at five and Imperial College London at six in its top 10.

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Support quality EU news

Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year's of archives. 30 days free trial.

... our join as a group

British universities in total got 26 spots in the top 200.

The next best EU schools were France's Ecole Normale Superieur (34) and Ecole Polytechnique (41). The top institution in Germany, the Tehcnishe Universitat Munchen, placed at 53.

Out of the big EU member states Germany got 11 placings overall, France four, Spain two and Italy just one - Bologna, the oldest university in the world, which ranked 194.

Out of the smaller EU members, the Netherlands (10), Belgium (5) and Sweden (5) did well.

In eastern Europe, only one Russian school got a look-in. Meanwhile, Switzerland nabbed seven places.

The survey - which looks at research and teaching quality, employability and the numbers of foreign students and tutors - was dominated by the US.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology came top and 50 American universities made the leading 200.

China and Hong Kong got 12 spots, prompting QS to remark in its note "there is little sign here of China taking over the world."

India got nothing. But Asian schools in general - especially in Korea, Japan and Singapore - enjoyed "a general rise in ... visibility" in a study which QS says should be used for schools to be "taken seriously around the world."

A competing ranking by Shanghai University in China out in August put the US' Harvard University first.

It gave eight out of the top 10 places to American academies and the other two to Cambridge and Oxford.

The Chinese survey uses different criteria - per capita academic performance, research publications and the number of Fields Medals and Nobel prizes.

EU climbs university league, but US still dominates

The number of European Union universities considered amongst the 100 best in the world climbed this year, but the United States remains the champion in the realm of academia, utterly dominating the list.

Focus

European higher education faces budget cuts

The global economic crisis has led to budget cuts in the education sector in member states across the European Union at a time when the bloc is seeking to boost its economy by, among other things, putting education centre of its new economic strategy.

Investigation

How to get around the EU posted workers directive

Some EU careworkers in Belgium receive around €400 a month - despite their carers paying €2,500 a month and paying for flights and accommodation. The answer lies in how firms can skirt the safeguards in the EU's posted workers directive.

Opinion

EU needs comprehensive 'sexuality education'

The subject is mandatory by law in some form in nearly all EU countries - but it is mostly reproduction- and biology-centred, covering topics such as unwanted pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections.

News in Brief

  1. Libyan PM rejects EU migrant camps idea
  2. Italy's Salvini to sue critical anti-mafia writer
  3. EU countries send aircraft to Sweden to help with wildfires
  4. British ex-commissioner's jobs called into question
  5. May to tell EU to drop Irish border 'backstop' idea
  6. Trump threatens EU over Google fine
  7. Spain withdraws arrest warrant for Catalan separatists
  8. EU readies counter-measures on possible US car tariffs

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. IPHRCivil society asks PACE to appoint Rapporteur to probe issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan
  2. ACCASocial Mobility – How Can We Increase Opportunities Through Training and Education?
  3. Nordic Council of MinistersEnergy Solutions for a Greener Tomorrow
  4. UNICEFWhat Kind of Europe Do Children Want? Unicef & Eurochild Launch Survey on the Europe Kids Want
  5. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic Countries Take a Stand for Climate-Smart Energy Solutions
  6. Mission of China to the EUChina: Work Together for a Better Globalisation
  7. Nordic Council of MinistersNordics Could Be First Carbon-Negative Region in World
  8. European Federation of Allergy and AirwaysLife Is Possible for Patients with Severe Asthma
  9. PKEE - Polish Energy AssociationCommon-Sense Approach Needed for EU Energy Reform
  10. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic Region to Lead in Developing and Rolling Out 5G Network
  11. Mission of China to the EUChina-EU Economic and Trade Relations Enjoy a Bright Future
  12. ACCAEmpowering Businesses to Engage with Sustainable Finance and the SDGs

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us