Hong Kong's best universities are down in the latest world rankings

Hong Kong's best universities are down in the latest world rankings

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HKU is still number one in the city
HKU is still number one in the city
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Hong Kong's top-ranked institutions have slid down the list in the latest ranking of the best universities in the world.

This year's QS World University Rankings, which is regarded as the most complete ranking of its kind, hasn't been kind to the city's best universities.

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is still the city's best institution at number 28, but it fell two places compared to last year. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) fell six places from its 2013 position, and is now ranked the 40th best university in the world. Chinese University (CUHK) is now in 46th place compared to last year's 39th.

By subject, local universities ranked highest in the engineering fields. HKU is ranked the 10th best place in the world for civil and structural engineering. HKUST rose five places to 12th in the same field. HKUST was also ranked 11th for both electrical and electronic engineering and computer science and information systems.

The most dramatic jump for a local institution was CUHK's leap to 11th place for modern languages - it placed just 34th last year.

And some of Hong Kong biggest boosts were in communication and media studies, where HKU joined the world's top 50, alongside CUHK and City University.

Local universities also did well in economics and econometrics, where both HKU and HKUST improved their rankings by two places (28th and 30th respectively), and CUHK rose to 34th from last year's 42nd.

At the top of the rankings, it was a good year for British universities. While the list was topped by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, four of the top six places were held by universities in Britain, with the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London tied for second place.

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
HK universities on the slide

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