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2011 News Release



MIT ranks No. 1 worldwide in civil and structural engineering, according to new rankings

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MIT is the top-rated civil and structural engineering school in the world according to the recently released QS World University Rankings. QS also named MIT No. 3 in earth and marine sciences and No. 4 in environmental sciences, the primary research fields of many CEE faculty members and researchers.

The rankings, published by QS — Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., an organization specializing in education and study abroad — examined individual programs at 200 universities in five specific areas: engineering and technology; life sciences and medicine; natural sciences; social sciences; and arts and humanities. QS ranked colleges and universities based on several criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation and citations per paper.

MIT ranked first in all five of the engineering and technology categories: computer science and information systems; chemical engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering; and civil and structural engineering. And the Institute ranked first in the natural science category metallurgy and materials.

In environmental sciences, Harvard University ranked No. 1, followed by the University of Cambridge, the University of California at Berkeley and MIT.

In earth and marine sciences, Harvard and Cambridge again took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

The full list of rankings by category and subject can be found here.

In 2010, MIT placed fifth in the QS overall rankings of universities, behind the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Yale University and University College London.

QS ranked 200 world universities by subject.