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First-ever global university subject rankings for Nursing released

 

 

London (March 22, 2016) - The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today on TopUniversities.com, features a record-breaking 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever ranking of its kind. The University of Pennsylvania has been ranked as the world’s best university for the study of Nursing, in what is the first ever global rankings of its kind.


The expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers informed the results, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database. For Nursing, 247,910 papers were indexed and analysed for citations. This contributed to QS considering 848 institutions for inclusion, nominally ranking 396, and publishing a final ranking of the world’s top 100.

 

In second place for Nursing is Johns Hopkins University, also of the United States. Completing the top three is the University of Toronto, from Canada. The University of Alberta (Canada, 4th) and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute are also in the top five.

 

This year’s Nursing ranking features the world’s top 100 places to study the subject. The most-featured country in the ranking is the United States, which takes 9 top-20 places, and 32 places overall. Australia ranks as the second-best Nursing nation worldwide, with its universities taking 16 places for this subject. Its best is the University of Sydney, ranked 13th. The United Kingdom’s best university is King’s College London, ranked 6th in this inaugural rankings. It is closely followed by the University of Manchester, ranked 8th.

 

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) continue to take the lion’s share of top places across the 42 subject tables, leading in 24 subjects between them. Each takes twelve leading positions.

 

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 – Nursing (Top 10)

2016

Institution

Country

University of Pennsylvania

United States

Johns Hopkins University

United States

University of Toronto

Canada

University of Alberta

Canada

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

King's College London (KCL)

United Kingdom

University of Michigan

United States

The University of Manchester

United Kingdom

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

United States

10 

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

United States

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2016 http://www.TopUniversities.com/

 

Latin American universities are represented in the form of three Brazilian universities in this particular subject rankings: the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), and the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). All fall in the 51-100 category. In total, universities from 19 different countries are ranked among the world’s best 100 places to study Nursing.

 

Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: “Though the US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings ever show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places. Nations like Austria, South Africa, Finland, Brazil, China, and Sweden can be found in the top ten of our tables. Our new top 100 for Nursing acknowledges academic excellence in 19 different countries, with institutions from 6 different countries in the top 20.”

 

QS Quacquarelli Symonds have been providing expert insight and analysis for both the higher education sector since 1990. Their QS World University Rankings are the world’s most popular based on Alexa data and other social media metrics. Their annual World University Rankings by Subject provide employers, students, parents, and academics with the most comprehensive insight into global university performance at the subject level. They can be found in their entirety here.


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Notes for editors (Includes honours list and important figures):

 

Honours List

Subject

2016 Winner

2015 Winner

Accounting & Finance

Harvard

Harvard

Agriculture & Forestry

Wageningen University

University of California, Davis

Anthropology

Harvard

New

Archaeology

University of Cambridge

New

Architecture/Built Environment

MIT

MIT

Art & Design

Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art

Biological Sciences

Harvard

Harvard

Business & Management

Harvard

London Business School

Chemistry

MIT

MIT

Communication & Media Studies

University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Computer Science

MIT

MIT

Dentistry

University of Hong Kong

Karolinska Institute

Development Studies

Harvard

Sussex University

Earth & Marine Sciences

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich

Economics & Econometrics

MIT

MIT

Education

UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education

Engineering - Chemical

MIT

MIT

Engineering - Civil and Structural

MIT

MIT

Engineering - Electrical & Electronic

MIT

MIT

Engineering - Mechanical

MIT

MIT

Engineering - Mining and Mineral

Colorado School of Mines

New

English Language and Literature

University of Oxford

University of Cambridge

Environmental Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

Geography

University of Oxford

University of Oxford

History

Universities of Oxford & Cambridge

Harvard

Law

Harvard

Harvard

Linguistics

MIT

MIT

Materials Science

MIT

MIT

Mathematics

University of Cambridge

Harvard

Medicine

Harvard

Harvard

Modern Languages

University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Nursing

University of Pennsylvania

New

Performing Arts

Juilliard

New

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Harvard

Harvard

Philosophy

University of Pittsburgh

New York University

Physics & Astronomy

MIT

MIT

Politics & International Studies

Harvard

Harvard

Psychology

Harvard

Harvard

Social Policy & Administration

Harvard

New

Sociology

Harvard

Harvard

Statistics & Operational Research

MIT

Stanford University

Veterinary Science

University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2016 http://www.topuniversities.com/

 

 

Figures at a snapshot:

QS World University Rankings by Subject

Since 2011, QS has extended the scope of the world’s rankings to include the evaluation of 42 individual disciplines. The methodology utilizes adaptive weightings for the four criteria, to take into account the differences among disciplines. Details of the methodology can be found at http://www.iu.qs.com/university-rankings/subject-tables/
The rankings are based on research citations, alongside reputational surveys of over 121,000 academics and graduate employers worldwide.

 

2016

Universities selected by academics in at least one subject

4,226

Institutions ranked in at least one subject

2,691

Within published range in at least one subject

945

Within top 200 in at least one subject

774

Within top 100 in at least one subject

551

Within top 50 in at least one subject

347

Research paper attributions counted

28.5m 

Citation attributions counted

 113m

Self-citations excluded

25.4m 

Programs verified

15,530

Total survey responses (academics and employers)

121,024

 

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QS Quacquarelli Symonds www.qs.com

 

Founded in 1990, QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the leading global provider of higher education and careers information, independent research and solutions. Its activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2,000 international universities and business schools. QS’s mission is to enable motivated people around the world to fulfil their potential by fostering international mobility, educational achievement, and career development. QS provides services at each key career stage; first degree, Masters, PhD, MBA, and Executive-level. The team at QS consists of over 250 highly dedicated individuals from every corner of the world; collectively speaking 35 languages. QS is headquartered in London. Main offices: Paris, Singapore, Bucharest, Stuttgart, and Mumbai. Satellite offices: Alicante (Spain), Beijing, Johannesburg, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), Shanghai, Sydney and Washington DC.

 

 

QS Intelligence Unit www.iu.qs.com

 

QS has been conducting research in a range of areas since 1990 beginning with a global survey of MBA employers. The QS World University Rankings®, the most established of the range of research projects that QS operates, have been in existence since 2004. To meet the increasing public interest for comparative data on universities and organisations, and the growing demand for institutions to develop deeper insight into their competitive environment, the QS Intelligence Unit (QSIU) was formed in 2008 as a distinct and autonomous department. Committed to the key values of rigorous integrity, unique insight, undeniable value and accessible presentation, QSIU strives to be the most trusted independent source of global intelligence on the higher education sector.

 

 

Ben Sowter

 

Sowter is the Head of Research at QS, QS Intelligence Unit. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, where he was also awarded the Union Prize for outstanding contribution to the student union and served as chairman of the Nottingham University Debating Society. Ben is fully responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects and is actively involved in all the collection, compilation and tabulation of all the data that lead to, amongst others, the World University Rankings research in which he has been involved since its initial inception in 2004. A frequent contributor to the press, Ben’s opinion on global education trends and his expertise is used regularly by major global publications.

 

 

About Scopus

 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its comprehensive database contains 55+ million items indexed from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software. Scopus is part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio which includes the SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets and custom Analytical Services.

 

 

About Elsevier

 

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

 


QS Quacquarelli Symonds, 22.03.2016 (tB).