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STEM degrees: Top 5 universities in the world according to latest QS rankings

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Which are the best universities for STEM subjects? Source: AFP/Kena Betancur

The latest QS World Rankings by Subject 2020 has been released, enlightening international students on which are the top universities for their respective majors.

The rankings are based on four indicators: Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Research citations and H-index.

“Of the four, two are derived from global surveys of academic and employer insight – indicators which underlie all QS rankings, and which now draw on the wisdom of over 130,000 specialists,” according to the report.

“The academic survey works by asking active university experts where they are, those subjects in which they specialise, and which are the top universities in the world for these disciplines.

“The employer survey asks recruiters what type of graduates they recruit and from where they typically hire their most prepared, hireable, successful employees.”

The H-index refers to a measure of the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist

way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.

International students’ favourites

STEM subjects usually rank in the top five broad fields of study at the main study abroad destinations. In the US, the top three most popular fields of choice among international students are engineering, math and computer science.

In the US, students in STEM fields can qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work extension where they can gain employment and work experience before heading back to their home countries or applying for H1-B work visas.

For example, an international student who majored in computer science is eligible to apply for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) along with an optional 24-month STEM OPT extension if they are able to land a job or internship.

These are the top universities for five popular STEM fields. For the full list and other subject rankings, please visit the official website.

Engineering and Technology

2020 Ranking University Location
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)                               US
2 Stanford University US
3 University of Cambridge UK
4 ETH Zurich – Swiss Institute of Technology  Switzerland
5 University of California Berkeley US

Mathematics

2020 Ranking University Location
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)                                  US
2 Harvard University US
3 Stanford University US
4 University of Cambridge UK
5 University of Oxford  UK

Life Sciences and Medicine

2020 Ranking University Location
1 Harvard University                                                                   United States
2 University of Oxford United States
3 University of Cambridge United States
4 Stanford University United States
5 John Hopkins University United Kingdom

Earth and Marine Sciences

2020 Ranking University Location
1 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)                       Switzerland
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
3 Harvard University US
4 University of Cambridge UK
5 University of Oxford  UK

Computer Science & Information Systems

2020 Ranking University Location
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)                                      US
2 Stanford University US
3 Carnegie Mellon University US
4 University of California, Berkeley US
5 University of Oxford  UK

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