Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as last year, takes the lead in the top 200 of world's best universities according to the QS, as it is pointed by data of RIA Novosti group provided within the cooperation with QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
According to the rankings data, Harvard University and the University of Cambridge have switched places: Harvard went up to the second line, and Cambridge slipped down to third. The following are University College London, Imperial College London, Oxford, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Chicago, and the California Institute of Technology and Princeton University round out the top ten.
Of Russian academic institutions only Lomonosov Moscow State University is listed in the top 200 of best worlds universities - 120th place (116 in 2012). The National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) and Western University (Canada) round out the top of best world’s universities.
Annually, QS estimates about 3 thousand universities, choosing the best of them. In 2013, the overall ranking list included 800 universities representing 76 countries of the world. In the course of making the ranking more than 62 thousand members of the educational community, and more than 27 thousand employers were interviewed. The QS ranking is created for traditional universities, with disciplines of at least two different subject areas. For ten years its compilers with almost no changes apply six main evaluation criteria of academic institution: reputation in educational community, citation of publications of the university personnel, the ratio of the number of teachers and students, attitudes of employers to graduates, as well as relative number of foreign teachers and students
Under the agreement, RIA Novosti also plans to publish in Russian other researches compiled and updated by the QS: top 50 best cities for students (QS Best Student Cities), the world's universities in areas of training (QS University Subject Rankings), as well as the top of the best universities of Asia (QS University Rankings: Asia).