A company named ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has conducted a study, singling out the best universities for different kinds of engineering. As expected, American universities posted high results, however, other countries were found to be climbing the ladder. The report's name was the Global Raking of Academic Subjects for 2016. The study evaluated more than 350 universities and colleges. 

The research took a look at the top 30 universities per engineering qualification, but here we will just recap the top 5. However, the six universities mentioned the most in the study were:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University 
  • ETH Zurich
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne 
  • Tsinghua University 

Presumably, these are the universities that, if you studied engineering in, you could also look forward to a fruitful career in the engineering industry. 

EIT Stock ImageMost of the statistical data that the results are generated from are from Elsevier, who is a world-leader in providing scientific, technical and medical information. Their Director of Content and Analytics M'hamed El Aisati said: "With students, researchers and other stakeholders taking a closer look at universities' performance and reputations, ShangaiRanking Consultancy is taking an important step by providing a specific ranking for engineering." He further went on to say it is a good ranking system so that the "competitive position" of the universities could be realized. 

Top 5 universities for chemical engineering

Rank Institution Country
Massachusetts Insitute of Technology United States
2 Stanford University  United States
3 University of California, Berkeley United States
4 National University of Singapore Singapore
5 University of Tokyo

Japan

 

  • 31 U.S. universities in the top 100 for chemical engineering

 

Top 5 universities for civil engineering

Rank Institution Country
1 Purdue University  United States
2 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
3 Tsinghua University  China
4 Hong Kong Polytechnic University  China- Hong Kong
5 Tongji University  China

 

  • Civil engineering has the lowest number of universities ranked due to low output 

 

Top 5 universities for electrical and electronic engineering

Rank Institution Country
Stanford University  United States
2 Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT)  United States
3 University of California, Berkeley United States
4 Nanyang Technological University  Singapore
5 Georgia Institute of Technology  United States

 

  • 45 of the top 100 universities in electrical and electronic engineering are from the United States 
  • Total of 937 universities ranked. 

 

Top 5 universities for energy science and engineering

Rank Institution  Country
1 Tsinghua University China
2 Technical University of Denmark Denmark 
3 National University of Singapore Singapore
4 Imperial College London United Kingdom
5 Nanyang Technological University  Singapore

 

Top 5 universities for mechanical engineering

Rank Institution  Country
1 Massachusetts Insitute of Technology United States
2 Stanford University  United States
3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
4 Northwestern University  United States
5 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
  • United States universities most prevalent
  • United Kingdom also high-ranking

Source: Shangai Ranking