Top 50 engineering & technology universities
RankInstitutionCountry / RegionOverall score1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States 92.7
1California Institute of TechnologyUnited States 92.7
3Princeton UniversityUnited States 92.4
4University of California, BerkeleyUnited States 91.7
5Stanford UniversityUnited States 91.4
6University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom 90.6
7University of OxfordUnited Kingdom 87.4
8University of California, Los AngelesUnited States 87.3
9ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichSwitzerland 87.1
10Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom 85.7
11Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States 85.4
12Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States 83.2
13University of Texas at AustinUnited States 81.0
14University of MichiganUnited States 80.8
15Cornell UniversityUnited States 79.8
16University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States 78.1
16University of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignUnited States 78.1
18University of TorontoCanada 78.0
19National University of SingaporeSingapore 77.5
20École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland 77.1
21University of TokyoJapan 69.8
22Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands 69.1
22University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States 69.1
24University of California, San DiegoUnited States 67.8
25University of MelbourneAustralia 67.4
26University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom 67.1
27University College LondonUnited Kingdom 66.6
28Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong 66.1
29École PolytechniqueFrance 65.9
29University of MinnesotaUnited States 65.9
31Tsinghua UniversityChina 65.6
32University of California, DavisUnited States 65.2
33University of British ColumbiaCanada 64.5
34Pohang University of Science and TechnologyRepublic of Korea 63.8
35University of SydneyAustralia 63.4
36Pennsylvania State UniversityUnited States 62.4
37University of Hong KongHong Kong 62.0
38Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium 61.5
39Purdue UniversityUnited States 60.7
40Rice UniversityUnited States 60.2
40Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyRepublic of Korea 60.2
42Ohio State UniversityUnited States 59.5
43Technische Universität MünchenGermany 58.7
44Peking UniversityChina 58.5
45University of Queensland AustraliaAustralia 58.3
45Brown UniversityUnited States 58.3
47McGill UniversityCanada 57.9
48University of WaterlooCanada 56.6
48Kyoto UniversityJapan 56.6
50Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore 55.3
Engineering and Technology Rankings: Clever coasts with the most
13 October 2011
The engineering and technology table is, like it was last year, dominated by California. Three of the top five institutions in the rankings hail from the Golden State, home of the global high-tech hub Silicon Valley.
But the East Coast business powerhouse the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which boasts an $8 billion (£4.9 billion) endowment, remains a major player. It shares first place with last year’s outright top dog, the California Institute of Technology.
The University of California, Berkeley occupies fourth place while Stanford University, whose alumni include William Hewlett, David Packard and other electronics tycoons, takes fifth. Four other members of the University of California - Los Angeles (eighth), Santa Barbara (joint 16th), San Diego (24th) and Davis (32nd) - are also highly placed. The results come despite the funding crisis facing the State of California: only time will tell whether the institution can maintain its competitiveness.
In total, 22 US institutions feature in the top 50.
The UK also scores highly in the table, with three of the top 10 and five representatives overall.
But the field of engineering and technology, covering everything from aerospace engineering to sustainable energy research, software design and robotics, is one of the most diverse of the subject tables in terms of national representation.
It is also the subject in which Asia makes its strongest showing in any discipline.
It has 10 institutions in the top 50 (compared with only six from mainland Europe), headed by the National University of Singapore (19th).
Engineering is the largest of the university’s 14 faculties and has grown from just 300 students in the late 1970s to about 10,000 students today.
The University of Tokyo, in 21st place, has won several large grants under the Japanese government’s 21st Century Centre of Excellence Programme, set up in 2002 to reward world-class research and help maintain global competitiveness.