MIT Remains No. 1 University in World for 2nd Year
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
MIT Remains No. 1 University in the World for 2nd Year
It comes as no surprise that the surrounding universities bring some of the brightest minds in the world to Boston—and now, there’s another statistic to prove it. MIT was just named the Top University in the World by the 2013 QS World University Rankings, holding the title for the second year in a row. According to Boston Innovation, the QS rankings are based upon “a variety of criteria, including international outlook, academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, employability and research.” According to their own information, QS organizes the largest business education events in the world and “links high achievers from the graduate, MBA and executive communities around the world with leading business schools, postgraduate departments at universities and with employers, through websites, events, e-guides and technical solutions.”
The university had a perfect score with 100 out of 100 points, followed closely by Harvard with 99.2 points. This is the second year MIT has beat out its neighbor along the Charles. Harvard once reigned over the QS rankings, however, taking the top spot from 2007-09. During the Crimson reign, MIT barely secured a spot in the ranking’s top 10. Over the past few years, as the world’s outlook shifted to computer-based science and technology, so shifted the success of MIT. Long recognized as one of the top universities in the United States, MIT now leads the education of the technologically innovative for the greater good.
The QS Rankings rated the Top Ten Universities of 2013 as follows: MIT, Harvard, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Chicago, and California Institute of Technology. Other Boston-area schools came in significantly farther down the charts: Boston University ranked No. 79, with an overall score of 72.5 points, and Northeastern University ranked No. 397, only racking up 33.3 points. Our own Boston College came in at No. 331, with 38.1 total points.
Last April, the athletics department at BU announced the cut of the school’s Division I wrestling program, shocking both the university and regional athletic community alike. Carl Adams, four-time Coach of the Year, was equally as shocked: in his 30 years on the mats at BU, he has led the team to 10 NCAA conference championships. To combat the program’s disappearance, two local filmmakers have sought out to document the 2013-14 season, the final year of the Terriers’ wrestling program. Michael Abelson, a graduate from the University of Rhode Island, and Brandon Lavoie, a current student at Emerson College, have partnered with Adams to chronicle the end—and hopefully, save the program. Through the startup accelerator IndieGoGo, the two men will create the documentary entitled “It Hurts to Win.” According to their campaign page, the documentary seeks to “document the season, the wrestlers, the coaches, and the local wrestling community,” as well as “further investigate why the men’s wrestling program was so unexpectedly and unceremoniously dropped.”
Last week, Harvard’s student newspaper The Crimson published a four-part series on their incoming Class of 2017. The articles, based on information gathered through online surveys conducted in the month of August, questioned the soon-to-be freshmen on highly personal information, such as their sex life, mental health, and drug use. Over 1,300 freshmen—nearly 80 percent of the class—answered The Crimson’s call for insight into their lives in and out of the classroom. Of the data published, perhaps the most shocking statistic seen in print was this: only 35 percent of the incoming class had lost their virginity before coming to college. After the cheating scandal that shook the university to its core last year, the newspaper questioned integrity as well—and apparently, rightly so. Forty-two percent of respondents admitted to cheating on homework or an assignment before entering Harvard, and 10 percent admitted to cheating on a test or exam. The Crimson’s findings have made headlines throughout newsrooms across the country in the past week, provoking questions of high school stereotypes and the actual success of students entering the Harvard prestige.
On Tuesday, US News and World Report released their annual Best Colleges list, a ranking system highly esteemed throughout the nation. For the 17th year in a row, Babson College was named the No. 1 Undergraduate School for Entrepreneurship. Babson operates under a unique entrepreneurship philosophy, which the university deems “Entrepreneurship of All Kinds,” that seeks to educate students through real-world business propositions and problems brought into the classroom. According to Babson, their Entrepreneurship Thought and Action program functions to implement “the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose.”
The repeat title comes as Babson announces multiple new programs geared toward entrepreneurial innovation, including the WIN—Women Innovating Now—Lab, a new curriculum for the first-year required course “Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship,” and a new concentration focused on business analytics. While they took the top spot in entrepreneurship, US News and World Report ranked Babson 34th overall on their list of best undergraduate business programs.