Rating: ETH Zurich is the most effective college in continental Europe


RatingETH Zurich is the best university in continental Europe

According to the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich is the best in continental Europe for the 15th time in a row. EPFL is also ranked well.

ETH Zurich dropped one place compared to last year.

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For the 15th time in a row, ETH Zurich has been chosen as the best university in continental Europe by QS World University Rankings, an international ranking of universities compiled by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Although it retains its title, ETH Zurich loses one place compared to the previous year 8th In 9th place.

Eight of the ten Swiss universities listed are among the world’s top 250 universities, and three are even among the world’s top 100 universities (See the table). QS notes that “out of all classified institutions, eight lose their rank. Only the University of Basel is developing, while the Italian Swiss University is stable.” This decrease is mainly explained by “employer reputation”, where nine out of ten enterprises lost an average of 54 degrees.

The list contains the ranking of 10 Swiss universities.

The list contains the ranking of 10 Swiss universities.

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QS says: “ETH Zurich has the best international reputation in the country, ranking 18th and 51st globally for academic and employer reputation indicators.” The second highest ranked institution in Switzerland and continental Europe is EPFL. Although it ranks 16th overall, it ranks 15th for research in terms of citations per faculty, making it the best university in the country.

The QS ranking is based on six indicators: academic and employer reputation (based on a survey of more than 150,000 academics and 99,000 employers); citations by faculty (measurement of research impact); faculty/student ratio (teaching capacity index); the international ratio of professors and students (a measure of the university’s internationalization).

The University of Zurich is the third best in Switzerland, although it has dropped thirteen places compared to the previous ranking. It has the best faculty/student ratio in the country (ranked 68th in this measure).

“The most comprehensive Swiss institutions in our World University Rankings are showing signs of declining performance. Indeed, Switzerland is struggling to compete for academic reputation, perhaps a sign that its historically ordinary reputation has spilled over into its academic sector, to the detriment of global recognition,” says QS Vice President Ben Sowter.

The United States and Great Britain are leading the way

The 2023 edition of the QS rankings reviewed 1,418 institutions across 100 sites (compared to 1,300 last year). The US and the UK share the top eight spots (see table). “Massachusetts Institute of Technology has set a record for the eleventh year in a row as number one in the world. The University of Cambridge rises to second place, while Stanford University remains in third place,” explains QS.

Top ten universities in the world

Top ten universities in the world

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