Tens of thousands of engineering colleges and universities have mushroomed around the world in the last few decades. But when it comes to the quality of education, innovation, research, citations, and employability, there are only a handful of universities that are on the wish list of career-minded engineering aspirants. Studying at one of the best engineering universities significantly boosts your prospects of employment.
Best engineering universities, according to THE
Here we are going to take a look at the world’s top 10 best engineering universities according to the Times Higher Education. The 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) ranking features 903 universities from more than 70 countries. The engineering and technology ranking uses the same methodology as their World University Rankings, but gives higher weightage to innovation and lower weightage to citations.
The US, UK, Singapore, Switzerland, Japan, and China are home to some of the world’s best engineering universities. THE’s ranking highlights institutions that are “leading across general engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil engineering and chemical engineering subjects.” These are the top 10 best engineering universities.
10- Georgia Institute of Technology
More popularly known as Georgia Tech, it was founded in 1885 in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. It has close to 22,000 students from different countries around the world. Georgia Tech has 31 departments, each dedicated to research, innovation and polishing the skills of its students.
9- ETH Zurich
The ETH Zurich has consistently ranked among the world’s best universities. It has more than 18,000 students and about 1500 academic staff. It focuses primarily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It has produced 21 Nobel laureates including Albert Einstein.
8- National University of Singapore
The flagship educational institution in Singapore is known for its excellent infrastructure and its global approach to education and research. Though the university itself was founded in 1905, the Faculty of Engineering was established in 1968. The NUS has more than 30,000 students, and it has a female-to-male ratio of 50:50. Students prefer it for computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering.
7- Princeton University
This Ivy League research university in New Jersey was founded in 1746, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is among the best engineering colleges on the planet. Princeton University has produced many graduates that went on to change the world, including Alan Turing, Eric Schmidt, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
6- University of Cambridge
The Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge was founded in 1875. It has been the top choice of many engineering aspirants for decades. Cambridge itself is one of the world’s oldest universities, having been founded in 1209. The Engineering Department boasts highly acclaimed faculty. It is respected by both the academics and employers.
5- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Any ranking of the world’s best engineering universities is incomplete without the MIT. It has eight departments and an interdisciplinary division. The MIT was founded in 1861 and has since produced a number of innovative products and technologies to solve engineering problems. The MIT Innovation Initiative has licensed more than 60 patents to corporations in the last few years. Besides formal education, students get mentoring and funding opportunities.
4- California Institute of Technology
Caltech was founded in 1891 as a vocational school in Pasadena, California. Though it has the smallest campus of all institutions in this list, it rivals the MIT in research, innovation, and citations. Caltech has six academic divisions. The Caltech faculty, alumni, and researchers include 73 Nobel laureates and four Fields medalists. In the US, it has the highest percentage of graduates who go on to earn a PhD.
3- Harvard University
Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was established in 1847 as the Lawrence Scientific School, and became a school in its own right in 2007. It is known for research in the areas of computer engineering, applied physics, bioengineering, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.
2- Stanford University
Stanford University’s School of Engineering was founded in 1926. Located in the Silicon Valley, California, it has produced legendary entrepreneurs and researchers including Larry Page, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Sergei Brin. The School of Engineering has nine departments. It has been at the cutting edge of innovation and technology.
1- Oxford University
For the first time, the Times Higher Education ranking has placed Oxford at the top, overtaking the likes of Stanford and MIT. The University of Oxford was founded nearly a thousand years ago in 1096. Only about 15% applications managed to secure a place at Oxford.