Top 10 in the world for 8 years

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Once again this year, ETH Zurich occupies a place in the top ten in the QS Ranki

Once again this year, ETH Zurich occupies a place in the top ten in the QS Ranking. (Image: Gian Marco Castelberg / ETH Zurich)

QS ranks ETH Zurich the 8th best university in the world for 2022. Even with a slight drop, it remains continental Europe’s best university for a fourteenth consecutive year.  

The QS World University Ranking for 2022 positions ETH Zurich 8th in the world out of more than 1,650 institutions considered. According to QS, ETH has consistently ranked among the top ten universities worldwide for the past eight consecutive years. Overtaken by University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, this year ETH Zurich shares the 8th spot in the global ranking with University College London. While the university’s overall score actually increased this year from 95 to 95.4 (out of 100), the competitive nature of rankings resulted in a drop by two places from its former 6th place rank in the 2021 list.

The "nitty gritty" details

There are various university rankings, each with its own methodology. The scores for academic reputation, faculty citations, and faculty/student ratio together weigh heavily accounting for 80% of the QS World University Ranking result. The remaining 20% relies upon the scores for employer reputation, international faculty, and international students. ETH Zurich’s faculty citations score in the 2022 ranking noticeably increased by more than 3.5% and international students were also up by 1%. Academic reputation and international faculty scores remained constant; however, employer reputation and the faculty to student ratio declined slightly.

Trending in the top one percent

ETH Zurich remains continental Europe’s best university for a fourteenth consecutive year. It is also maintains its top-ranked position in Switzerland. Ten Swiss universities placed in the QS ranking. EPFL placed among the top twenty and University of Zurich, in the top one hundred in the world.

Commenting on the QS ranking, ETH President Joël Mesot said, "ETH Zurich notes this year’s results with satisfaction. While rankings represent a benchmark for universities and valued source of information for prospective professors and students, the measure of an institution is a reflection of its people and its impact on society."

Marianne Lucien