ETH has been ranked sixth worldwide in the prestigious QS World University Rankings since last year, making it the best university in continental Europe. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has now published the rankings broken down by subject. It makes for pleasant reading: ETH has 13 subjects in the top ten, which is the best outcome in all of continental Europe.
Earth sciences are in a class of their own at the top – ETH has been ranked first in the Earth & Marine Sciences category for the past five years. Meanwhile, it has made up ground in other categories. It is ranked second in Statistics & Operational Research, an improvement of two places over the previous year. And it put in a strong showing once again in Chemistry, moving up one position to seventh place. It is now ranked sixth in Civil & Structural Engineering – last year it secured eighth place.
«The result shows that ETH’s strong standing is thanks to a broad foundation of academic excellence», says Joël Mesot, President of ETH Zurich. «The ranking also reflects the exceptional reputation that Switzerland enjoys as a research hub.»
ETH is not the only domestic institution to excel in the QS rankings: Swiss universities occupy a total of 26 places in the top ten by subject. This is more than Germany, Italy or Spain. «No continental European nation possesses such a high concentration of world-class educational departments», explains Ben Sowter, research director at QS. Switzerland is an exemplary ecosystem for research, he says: «One that benefits from close links to innovative industry, a desire to attract top talent from abroad, and an emphasis on high investment in Research & Development funding.»