MIT Outshines Stanford and Cambridge in First Ever QS World University Rankings(R) for Technical Subjects

By Qs Quacquarelli Symonds, PRNE
Sunday, April 3, 2011

MIT Tops all Five Rankings: Computer Sciences; Chemical; Civil; Electrical; Mechanical Engineering.

LONDON, April 4, 2011 - The first ever QS World University Rankings(R) by Subject
shows MIT to be the world's leading university in computer science and four
areas of engineering, based on employer reputation, academic reputation and
research quality.

Over 50,000,000 people have viewed QS World University
Rankings(R) in the past 12 months and there has been overwhelming demand for
more detailed subject rankings incorporating a unique combination of
employability and research quality metrics. The QS methodology has been
tailored to each subject, in consultation with the QS Global Academic
Advisory Board.

"QS World University Rankings(R) use of academic and employer
review data is a real market differentiator," states Paul Thurman, a leading
data analyst and professor at Columbia University in New York and a member of
the Advisory Board; "not only because of the sample sizes, which are
industry-leading, but because of the way QS takes the data from the surveys
and is able to extract meaningful results and interpretations."

"The new QS World University Rankings(R) by Subject respond to
a need for comparative data at a more granular level," says Ben Sowter, Head
of QS Intelligence Unit, which produces the rankings. "In many countries
students are being charged more than ever before for their degrees. So
assessing the potential career outcomes of one's study choice is becoming
increasingly important. QS rankings are unique in taking on board the views
of global employers."

"It is a great development to see programme rankings as a
refinement of the usual university rankings," says Sej Butler, EMEA
Recruitment Manager, IBM. "This will help students and employers look to
those courses in more detail within a wider context."

The news that the opinions of employers do not always
correlate with those of academics will raise eyebrows among prospective
students. The results are published in separate data columns on, allowing users to personally rank according
to each indicator.

Simona Bizzozero, Head of PR, simona at, +44(0)2072847248; Vickie Chiu, vickie at, PR Manager, +44(0)2072847292

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