Golden state surfs crest of high-tech wave
23 September 2010
The engineering and technology table is dominated not just by a single country, the US, but by a single state in that country — California.
Three of the top five in the table are from the Golden State, home to the global centre for high-technology business, Silicon Valley. The California Institute of Technology is in first place; Stanford University is third; and the University of California, Berkeley is fifth.
In total, seven Californian institutions make the top 50.
America's East Coast also features strongly, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in second place and Princeton University in fourth.
But the table also highlights the growing global challenge to US dominance in this area. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, breaks into the top 10 in seventh.
Engineering and technology also features more Asian institutions than any other of our subject rankings, reflecting the region's high levels of investment. The top Asian institution in the table is the National University of Singapore in 16th position.
nts former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky and authors Ken Kesey and Jeffrey Eugenides among its alumni, has retained its position at the top of the arts and humanities subject table this year, just as the US and the UK have strengthened their grip on the discipline.
The US has three more universities in the top 50 this year than in 2011- 12, taking its total to 25.
Columbia University is a notable entrant, displacing Harvard University from the number two spot. The University of Pennsylvania enters the top 10 and Duke University makes its debut, with this year's line-up shaped by extra data from more institutions.
Ten UK institutions make the list, one more than last year, with Durham University and the University of Warwick entering the top 50.
The University of Oxford, the UK's top-ranked arts and humanities institution, edges up one place to sixth.
Only two universities from Asia feature (matching the region's performance in 2011-12) - the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
The former boasts the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures, which analyses global flows of culture, identity, media and technology with the help of an advisory board drawn from universities across the world. It climbs seven places to 29, while the National University of Singapore drops by five to 43.
The improved showing for US and UK universities comes at the expense of continental Europe, which now has seven institutions ranked in the top 50, three fewer than last year.
Down Under, New Zealand has lost its sole representative, the University of Auckland.
Meanwhile, Canberra-based Australian National University - last year the only institution not from the US or the UK to achieve a top-five position in a subject table - has fallen to 13th place.
However, Australia has maintained three universities in the top 50.