The Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Engineering and Technology table judges world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking of the world's top 50 universities for engineering and technology employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

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Top 50 engineering & technology universities

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
92.7
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
92.7
3 Princeton University United States
92.4
4 University of California, Berkeley United States
91.7
5 Stanford University United States
91.4
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
90.6
7 University of Oxford United Kingdom
87.4
8 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
87.3
9 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
87.1
10 Imperial College London United Kingdom
85.7
11 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States
85.4
12 Carnegie Mellon University United States
83.2
13 University of Texas at Austin United States
81.0
14 University of Michigan United States
80.8
15 Cornell University United States
79.8
16 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
78.1
16 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
78.1
18
University of Toronto
Canada
78.0
19
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore
77.5
20 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
77.1
21
The University of Tokyo
Japan
69.8
22 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
69.1
22 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
69.1
24 University of California, San Diego United States
67.8
25 University of Melbourne Australia
67.4
26 University of Manchester United Kingdom
67.1
27 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
66.6
28
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong
66.1
29 University of Minnesota United States
65.9
29 École Polytechnique France
65.9
31 Tsinghua University China
65.6
32 University of California, Davis United States
65.2
33
University of British Columbia
Canada
64.5
34 Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) Republic of Korea
63.8
35 University of Sydney Australia
63.4
36 Pennsylvania State University United States
62.4
37
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
62.0
38 KU Leuven Belgium
61.5
39 Purdue University United States
60.7
40 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Republic of Korea
60.2
40 Rice University United States
60.2
42 Ohio State University United States
59.5
43 Technische Universität München Germany
58.7
44 Peking University China
58.5
45 Brown University United States
58.3
45 University of Queensland Australia Australia
58.3
47 McGill University Canada
57.9
48
University of Waterloo
Canada
56.6
48 Kyoto University Japan
56.6
50 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
55.3

Engineering and Technology Rankings: Clever coasts with the most

13 October 2011

The engineering and technology table is, like it was last year, dominated by California. Three of the top five institutions in the rankings hail from the Golden State, home of the global high-tech hub Silicon Valley.

But the East Coast business powerhouse the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which boasts an $8 billion (£4.9 billion) endowment, remains a major player. It shares first place with last year's outright top dog, the California Institute of Technology.

The University of California, Berkeley occupies fourth place while Stanford University, whose alumni include William Hewlett, David Packard and other electronics tycoons, takes fifth. Four other members of the University of California - Los Angeles (eighth), Santa Barbara (joint 16th), San Diego (24th) and Davis (32nd) - are also highly placed. The results come despite the funding crisis facing the State of California: only time will tell whether the institution can maintain its competitiveness.

In total, 22 US institutions feature in the top 50.

The UK also scores highly in the table, with three of the top 10 and five representatives overall.

But the field of engineering and technology, covering everything from aerospace engineering to sustainable energy research, software design and robotics, is one of the most diverse of the subject tables in terms of national representation.

It is also the subject in which Asia makes its strongest showing in any discipline.

It has 10 institutions in the top 50 (compared with only six from mainland Europe), headed by the National University of Singapore (19th).

Engineering is the largest of the university's 14 faculties and has grown from just 300 students in the late 1970s to about 10,000 students today.

The University of Tokyo, in 21st place, has won several large grants under the Japanese government's 21st Century Centre of Excellence Programme, set up in 2002 to reward world-class research and help maintain global competitiveness.