The 2012-2013 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
94.4
2 Princeton University United States
91.9
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
91.4
4 University of California, Berkeley United States
90.2
5 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
89.4
5 Stanford University United States
89.4
7 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
88.4
8 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
86.1
9 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States
85.0
10 Imperial College London United Kingdom
84.6
11 University of Oxford United Kingdom
84.1
12
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore
83.4
13 University of Texas at Austin United States
82.7
14 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
81.7
15 Carnegie Mellon University United States
81.3
16 Northwestern University United States
80.7
17 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
79.5
18 Cornell University United States
79.0
19 University of Michigan United States
77.7
20 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
75.8
21 Columbia University United States
75.5
22
University of Toronto
Canada
75.0
23
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong
74.4
24 Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) Republic of Korea
74.3
25 University of Melbourne Australia
74.2
26 University of Pennsylvania United States
73.1
26
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore
73.1
28
The University of Tokyo
Japan
72.6
29 École Polytechnique France
70.8
30 Rice University United States
70.5
31 Tsinghua University China
69.9
32 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
69.8
33 University of Manchester United Kingdom
69.4
34 University of Washington United States
69.3
35 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
69.0
36 University of California, San Diego United States
67.8
36
Seoul National University
Republic of Korea
67.8
38 University of Queensland Australia Australia
67.2
39
University of British Columbia
Canada
67.1
40 KU Leuven Belgium
66.8
41 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
66.3
42 Purdue University United States
66.2
43
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
64.7
44 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Republic of Korea
64.6
45 University of Minnesota United States
64.2
46 University of Sydney Australia
64.1
47 Kyoto University Japan
63.9
48 University of California, Davis United States
63.5
49 Duke University United States
63.2
50 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
63.0

Engineering and Technology Rankings:
Seven stars shine over Golden State


4 October 2012

The state of California has maintained its grip on the Times Higher Education engineering and technology table.

As in previous years, California, the home of the high-tech business hub Silicon Valley, takes three of the top-five places - including the number one spot, retained by the California Institute of Technology.

The Golden State takes seven of the top 50 places (two more than the UK), with an exceptional showing for the research institutions of the University of California system: Berkeley maintains fourth place; Los Angeles is seventh; Santa Barbara is 17th; San Diego comes joint 36th; and Davis follows them in 48th place.

The private Stanford University - whose nearly 90-year-old engineering school claims to have "laid the technological and business foundations for Silicon Valley" - completes California's septet, in joint fifth place. Household names such as Google, Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard originated there.

Overall, the US dominates the list, taking almost half of the top 50 places. The country's East Coast is represented in the top 10 by Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

But Asia features strongly, too. The region has 11 representatives, its best subject-level performance, led by the Republic of Korea, which has three candidates: the Pohang University of Science and Technology (24th); Seoul National University (joint 36th); and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (44th).

Asia's highest-ranked institution is the National University of Singapore, which has risen to 12th position.

Meanwhile, Nanyang Technological University leaps from 50th to joint 26th place. Bertil Andersson, Nanyang's president, points out that the 21-year-old university is one of the world's biggest dedicated engineering universities, with two-thirds of the institution devoted to the field.

It scores particularly strongly for its engagement with industry and its international outlook.