QS World ranking University ranking for Mineral Engineering

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The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released this week on TopUniversities.com, features a record-breaking 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever ranking of its kind.

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The Colorado School of Mines has been ranked as the world’s best university for the study of Mineral and Mining Engineering, in what is the first-ever global ranking for this subject.

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. This contributed to QS evaluating 713 institutions worldwide that provide a degree in Mineral/Mining Engineering, internally ranking 403 of these based on the data received, before publishing the world’s top 100 institutions in the final rankings.


In second place for Mining Engineering is MIT, which is top in the tables of the four other Engineering disciplines QS rank as part of their global analysis of higher education. Completing the top three is its compatriot, Stanford University.

This year’s Mining Engineering 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 6 of the top-20 places, and 24 places overall – nearly one-quarter. The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford are also in the top five.

International Rankings

However, excellence can be found outside the US-UK duopoly. The best university for the subject outside these countries is Switzerland’s ETH Zurich, which ranks 8th worldwide. It is closely followed by Asia’s best university for the subject, the University of Hong Kong, which is 9th. Australia is represented in the top 10 by the University of Queensland, which ranks joint 10th with Japan’s university of Tokyo. Latin America’s strongest university for the study of Mineral and Mining Engineering is the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), which ranks 36th.

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

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 Performing Arts acknowledges academic excellence in 27 different countries, while our top 100 for Mineral Engineering recognises it in 26 countries.”

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