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
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.
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.
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