UniRanks Best STEM Universities 2017

December 2016

Specialist universities focusing on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) account for 10% of the World top 100 institutions in the UniRanks World University Ranking 2017. They are highly-sought after for the skills and knowledge opening up careers in technology, production, and innovation. Science and technology focused institutions see their number grow particularly in Asia, and the ten most respected are found in the United States (3), Switzerland (2), United Kingdom, Singapore, France, and Netherlands (1 each):

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) opens the list as the best science and technology focused university and the third best university overall. The California Institute of Technology, also known as Caltech, takes the second spot (6th in the World) and Imperial College London the third place (9th). All three elite universities are also included in the UniRanks World University Ranking top 10 list. They are followed by two Swiss institutions, ETH Zurich (20th) and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (31st), Germany's Technical University of Munich (43rd), and Georgia Institute of Technology (50th). Outside the World top 50 list, Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (55th), France's Pierre and Marie Curie University (78th), and Netherlands' Delft University of Technology (96th) round up the list.

UniRanks World University Ranking compiles the results of the five most influential university rankings: THE World University Ranking, QS World University Ranking, US News Best Global University, Shanghai ARWU Ranking, and Reuters World Top 100 Innovative Universities. UniRanks provides an easy overview of an institution performances across indicators and rankings, and is the reference University Ranking of Rankings.

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Top 10 STEM Universities:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

  • Established: 1861
  • Nobel Laureates: 85
  • Fields Medallist: 6
  • Turing Awards: 19

The mission of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. We are also driven to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. The Institute is an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university, organized into five Schools (architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science). It has some 1,000 faculty members, more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 130,000 living alumni.

MIT’s spirit of interdisciplinary exploration has fueled many scientific breakthroughs and technological advances. A few examples: the first chemical synthesis of penicillin and vitamin A. The development of radar and creation of inertial guidance systems. The invention of magnetic core memory, which enabled the development of digital computers. Major contributions to the Human Genome Project. The discovery of quarks. The invention of the electronic spreadsheet and of encryption systems that enable e-commerce. The creation of GPS. Pioneering 3D printing. The concept of the expanding universe.

Current research and education areas include digital learning; nanotechnology; sustainable energy, the environment, climate adaptation, and global water and food security; Big Data, cybersecurity, robotics, and artificial intelligence; human health, including cancer, HIV, autism, Alzheimer’s, and dyslexia; biological engineering and CRISPR technology; poverty alleviation; advanced manufacturing; and innovation and entrepreneurship. MIT’s impact also includes the work of our alumni. One way MIT graduates drive progress is by starting companies that deliver new ideas to the world. A recent study estimates that as of 2014, living MIT alumni have launched more than 30,000 active companies, creating 4.6 million jobs and generating roughly $1.9 trillion in annual revenue. Taken together, this "MIT Nation" is equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world!

source: www.mit.edu

2. California Institute of Technology (United States)

  • Established: 1891
  • Nobel Laureates: 34
  • Fields Medallist: 1
  • Turing Awards: 6

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. Caltech's extraordinary faculty and students are expanding our understanding of the universe and inventing the technologies of the future, with research interests from quantum science and engineering to bioinformatics and the nature of life itself, from human behavior and economics to energy and sustainability.

Caltech is small but prizes excellence and ambition. The contributions of Caltech's faculty and alumni have earned national and international recognition, including 35 Nobel Prizes. The Institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet; owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories, including the Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories; and cofounded and comanages LIGO, which, in 2016, observed gravitational waves for the first time.

source: www.caltech.edu

3. Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 1907 (roots trace back to 1845)
  • Nobel Laureates: 14
  • Fields Medallist: 2
  • Turing Awards: 1

Imperial College London is a science-based university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.

Generations of Imperial staff, alumni and students have changed the world with cutting-edge innovations; from the discovery of penicillin to the world’s first invisibility cloak. Recognition of this ground-breaking work has come in the form of 14 Nobel Prizes, 81 Fellowships from the Academy of Medical Sciences, 77 from the Royal Academy of Engineering and 73 from the Royal Society.

Imperial brings together intersecting disciplines, industries and sectors across four major areas to further our understanding of the natural world, solve major engineering problems, lead the data science revolution and improve health and well-being. Emerging areas of research include the development of low-carbon technologies, stem cell therapy for stroke and how to turn light into matter.

source: www.imperial.ac.uk

4. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

  • Established: 1855
  • Nobel Laureates: 21
  • Fields Medallist: 3
  • Turing Awards: 0

Established in 1855 as the Federal Polytechnical School, ETH Zurich has, from the outset, been a national centre for education with international appeal, attracting talent from all over the world. The successful combination of a cosmopolitan outlook with national roots made the young educational institution one of the driving forces behind industrialisation in Switzerland: it brought the necessary expertise into the country, trained technical specialists and helped set up groundbreaking national infrastructures.

In more recent times, global developments such as computer-assisted data processing and the far-reaching consequences of globalisation have placed ever-increasing demands on universities. The long-standing tradition of ETH Zurich, combined with its ability constantly to adapt to new requirements, have brought great success to the university. Today, it ranks among the world’s leading universities of science and technology.

source: www.ethz.ch

5. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • Established: 1969 (roots trace back to 1853)
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

EPFL is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. With the status of a national school since 1969, the young engineering school has grown in many dimensions, to the extent of becoming one of the most famous European institutions of science and technology. Like its sister institution in Zurich, ETHZ, it has three core missions: training, research and technology transfer. Associated with several specialised research institutes, the two Ecoles Polytechniques (Institutes of Technology) form the EPF domain , which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER).

EPFL is located in Lausanne in Switzerland, on the shores of the largest lake in Europe, Lake Geneva and at the foot of the Alps and Mont-Blanc. Its main campus brings together over 11,000 persons, students, researchers and staff in the same magical place. Because of its dynamism and rich student community, EPFL has been able to create a special spirit imbued with curiosity and simplicity. Daily interactions amongst students, researchers and entrepreneurs on campus give rise to new scientific, technological and architectural projects.

With over 350 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of Europe’s most innovative and productive scientific institutions. Ranked top 3 in Europe and top 20 worldwide in many scientific rankings, EPFL has attracted the best researchers in their fields. EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university. It receives students, professors and staff from over 120 nationalities. The campus offers services and facilities to transform scientific excellence into economic competitiveness, jobs and quality of life. A breeding ground for new companies, coaching services, study programmes in entrepreneurship and innovation programmes foster relations between the laboratories and the companie.

source: www.epfl.ch

6. Technical University of Munich (Germany)

  • Established: 1868
  • Nobel Laureates: 13
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

The Technical University of Europe (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.

Ever since its founding in 1868, TUM has been at the forefront of innovation. TUM scientists today have the same goal as their 19th century counterparts: finding solutions to the major challenges facing society as we move forward. TUM was founded to provide the state of Bavaria with a center of learning dedicated to the natural sciences. It has played a vital role in Europe’s technological advancement and has the prestige of producing a number of Nobel Prize winners.

source: www.tum.de

7. Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

  • Established: 1885
  • Nobel Laureates: 3
  • Fields Medallist: 1
  • Turing Awards: 0

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

There is no doubt that Georgia Tech stands out as a distinctively different kind of university, one that is eagerly encouraging and developing the revolutionary technologies of the 21st century. Equipped with the extremely rich resources of an outstanding student body and faculty; strong partnerships with business, industry, and government; and support from alumni and friends, Georgia Tech is designing a future of global preeminence, leadership, and service.

source: www.gatech.edu

8. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

  • Established: 1981
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally in QS World University Ranking. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. The university has colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and an Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London. NTU is also home to world-class autonomous entities such as the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.

NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from 80 countries, the university's 4,300-strong faculty and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

source: www.ntu.edu.sg

9. Pierre and Marie Curie University (France)

  • Established: 1971 (roots trace back to 1109)
  • Nobel Laureates: 18
  • Fields Medallist: 6
  • Turing Awards: 0

UPMC represents French excellence in science and medicine. A direct descendant of the historic Sorbonne, UPMC is the top French university by the Shanghai world rankings, 7th in Europe and 36th in the world. UPMC encompasses all major sciences, such as mathematics (5th in the world); chemistry; physics; electronics; computer science; mechanics; Earth, marine and environmental sciences; life sciences; and medicine.

With 8,500 publications per year, approximately 11% of the national production, UPMC is a major player in the international knowledge and innovation economy, as shown by its many international awards. The University has more than 3,750 researchers and professor-researchers in 100 laboratories and an additional 2,800 researchers working as partners from four French national research organizations: the CNRS (science), Inserm (health and medical), the IRD (development) and Inria (computing and automation). UPMC files more than 20 patents each year and has cooperation agreements with prestigious universities worldwide. Its partnerships with major French and international research organizations and participation in various international networks are testament to the University’s international involvement.

The largest scientific and medical education center in France, UPMC offers its 34,000 students (of which 20 percent are foreign) a demanding and diverse curriculum organized into 10 bachelor programs, 11 master's degrees and 16 doctoral schools and France’s largest library center. UPMC promotes study abroad programs as a valuable educational and cultural asset through its four international bachelor’s, 16 international master’s and four international doctorates in partnership with universities worldwide.

source: www.upmc.fr

10. Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

  • Established: 1842
  • Nobel Laureates: 3
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

TU Delft cooperates with many other educational and research institutions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The high quality of our research and teaching is renowned. TU Delft has numerous contacts with governments, trade associations, consultancies, industry and small and medium-sized companies.

source: www.tudelft.nl