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Ranking: ETH Zurich is the best university in continental Europe

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RankingETH 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 well rated.

ETH Zurich fell one place compared to last year.

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

Of the ten listed Swiss universities, eight are ranked among the top 250 world universities and three are even in the top 100 world universities (See the table). However, QS points out that “of all ranked institutions, eight will lose their rank. Only the University of Basel is advancing, while the University of Italian Switzerland remains stable. This decline is largely explained by the “employer reputation” indicator, where nine out of ten businesses lost an average of 54 jobs.

Ranking of the 10 listed Swiss universities.

Ranking of the 10 listed Swiss universities.

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

In its ranking, QS relies on six indicators: academic reputation 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 (pedagogical capacity index); international ratio of professors and students (degree of internationalization of the university).

Although the University of Zurich fell thirteen places compared to the previous ranking, it is in third place with the best results in Switzerland. It has the best faculty/student ratio in the country (ranked 68th by this measure).

“In our World University Rankings, the most comprehensive Swiss institutions show signs of declining performance. “Switzerland is really struggling for academic reputation, perhaps a sign that its historically core reputation is spilling over into the academic sector at the expense of global recognition,” says Ben Sowter, Vice President of QS.

The United States and the United Kingdom are leading

The 2023 edition of the QS rankings focused on 1,418 establishments spread across 100 locations (up from 1,300 last year). The United States and the United Kingdom share the top eight spots (see table). The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieves a record eleventh year in a row as world number one. The University of Cambridge has climbed to second place, while Stanford University remains in third place,” explains QS.

The ten best universities in the world

The ten best universities in the world

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