Digital Leaders: top universities for a digital education

Digital and tech skills are highly sought after among graduates. A new ranking explores which universities are considered leaders in digital and tech teaching and learning

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April 13 2021
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Technology and computer science are some of the fastest growing industries in the world, and new roles and jobs are being created every month. Digital skills are highly sought after, even by non-technology companies, and so a technology or digital-based degree is always a smart choice for students.

In a new suite of rankings put together by French consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, students can explore which universities have a good reputation for providing a digital education and encouraging tech skills and entrepreneurship. 

The ranking was put together from data collected from two surveys conducted in the past year. Among the 3,400 participants were corporate executives, start-up executives and young digital professionals. Participants were asked to vote for up to 10 institutions, from a base of 1,000 universities, that they believed excelled across six digital and tech categories. Additional data were provided by Crunchbase. The full methodology can be found here

US universities dominate the top 10, with two UK universities present (the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge). However, universities in India, Australia and Brazil also perform strongly across the top 150.

As part of the Digital Leaders ranking, there is also a table on the top institutions for encouraging digital entrepreneurship, which can be found here. The data also revealed which cities are a good choice for tech students, which cities retain the highest percentages of tech graduates, and which cities have the highest percentages of female tech managers, which can all be found here.

Explore the full list of the best universities for a digital education below.

Top three universities for a digital education

1. Harvard University

Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and is well known for its computer science and tech offerings.

The Introduction to Computer Science course is one of the most popular at the university and students can combine courses in computer science with other subjects. 

A number of clubs at the university encourage students to explore their digital skills and hone their technology skills outside of their studies. These include clubs for robotics and video game development. 

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a science and technology institute located in Massachusetts, US. 

The university has an impressive alumni and staff network that includes 96 Nobel laureates, 26 Turing Award winners, and eight Fields Medallists among many other accolades and medals. 

Computer science is one of the most popular undergraduate courses at the university, and computer science majors are taught within the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

3. California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a science- and technology-focused institution located in California, US. 

The institution is made up of about 2,200 students and so admissions can be competitive. Caltech is also slightly unusual in having more postgraduate than undergraduate students. All undergraduate students follow a core curriculum, where they take courses across all academic departments. 

Postgraduate courses are more specialised. 

Top universities for a digital education 

Digital education ranking 2021 University Country/region
1 Harvard University United States
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
3 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
4 Boston University United States
5 Stanford University United States
6 University of Oxford UK
7 Columbia University United States
8 Yale University United States
9 University of Cambridge UK
10 New York University United States
11 Boston College United States
12 Arizona State University United States
13 University of California, Berkeley United States
14 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India
15 Florida Institute of Technology United States
16 Cornell University United States
17 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
18 University of Melbourne / Melbourne Business School Australia
19 Duke University United States
20 London School of Economics and Political Science UK
21 Princeton University United States
22 Tel Aviv University Israel
22 Imperial College London UK
24 IE University Spain
25 City, University of London UK
26 King’s College London UK
27 Brown University United States
28 University of California, Los Angeles United States
29 ESCP Business School France
30 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
31 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
32 Babson College United States
33 Carnegie Mellon University United States
34 Cardiff University UK
35 Johns Hopkins University United States
36 Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra Portugal
37 Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
38 Australian National University Australia
38 Brandeis University United States
40 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India
41 Brigham Young University United States
42 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
43 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
44 Texas A&M University United States
45 Georgetown University United States
46 Dartmouth College United States
47 University of California, San Francisco United States
48 Brunel University London UK
48 The University of Chicago United States
50 George Washington University United States
51 Carlos III University of Madrid UC3M Spain
52 University of Washington United States
53 Michigan State University United States
54 Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences Germany
55 Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala India
56 Durham University UK
57 University of Texas at Austin United States
58 Colorado School of Mines United States
59 Hamburg University of Technology Germany
60 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Israel
61 Indian Institute of Science India
61 Ramon Llul University / Esade  Spain
63 Colgate University United States
65 Aston University UK
66 William & Mary United States
67 Indian Institute of Management India
68 Chemnitz University of Technology Germany
68 University of Manchester UK
70 Coventry University UK
71 Case Western Reserve University United States
72 CentraleSupelec- Paris Saclay University France
73 Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences Germany
73 University of California, San Diego United States
75 Purdue University United States
76 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad India
77 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India
78 Central European University Hungary
80 Frankfurt School of Finance and Management Germany
81 Bar-Ilan University Israel
82 HEC Paris France
82 Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin Germany
84 Bielefeld University Germany
86 University of Birmingham UK
87 University Autonoma of Madrid Spain
88 Technical University of Munich Germany
89 Bangalore University India
90 ISM Dortmund Germany
91 University of Helsinki Finland
92 University of Sydney Australia
93 FH Aachen – Aachen University of Applied Sciences Germany
93 University of Texas United States
95 Viadrina European University Germany
96 Northwestern University United States
97 University of Florida United States
98 University of Pennsylvania United States
99 University of Virginia United States
100 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati India
101 Anna University India
102 Pennsylvania State University United States
103 Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Germany
104 Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
105 University of Mumbai India
105 Cranfield School of Management UK
107 University of Toronto Canada
108 North Carolina State University United States
109 Fordham University United States
110 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
111 Centrale Lyon France
111 Queen Mary University of London UK
111 Emory University United States
111 Ohio State University United States
115 Iowa State University United States
116 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
117 École Polytechnique France
117 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
119 Seoul National University South Korea
120 University of Liverpool UK
121 Centrale Marseille France
121 Indian Institute of Technology Indore India
123 University of Arizona United States
124 Harvey Mudd College United States
125 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Germany
125 Lancaster University UK
127 Northeastern University United States
128 Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Australia
128 Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Singapore
130 Budapest University of Technology and Economics Hungary
131 Hult International Business School United States
132 Deggendorf Institute of Technology Germany
133 University of Edinburgh UK
134 Monash University Australia
134 Stony Brook University United States
136 National University of Singapore Singapore
137 Queen's University Canada
138 Miami Business School United States
138 University of California, Davis United States
140 Centrale Lille France
141 University of Canberra Australia
142 UNSW Sydney Australia
142 Indian School of Business India
144  University of British Columbia Canada
144 University of Wisconsin -Madison United States
146 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
147 Arden University UK
148 University of Delhi India
149 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
150 McGill University Canada




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