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Digital Leaders: top universities for a digital education

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

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May 10 2022
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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 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. 

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The table was put together through the screening of 75,000 CVs of executives at the world’s leading digital companies, as ranked by Crunchbase. This analysis was combined with a live survey led by Trendence from a global panel of 3,500 selected digital professionals, corporate IT executives, start-up executives, and young digital professionals worldwide. 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 Germany also perform strongly across the top 200.

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

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 and societies encourage students to explore their digital skills and hone their technology skills outside their studies, such as the robotics and video game development clubs. 

2. Stanford University

Stanford University’s computer science department offers bachelor’s of science, master’s of science and doctor of philosophy degrees.

The institution undertakes research in a range of topics, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, machine learning and robotics.

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. 

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

Top universities for a digital education 2022

Digital leaders rank 2022 University Country/region
1 Harvard University United States
2 Stanford University United States
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology  United States
4 Yale University United States
5 Columbia University United States
6 University of Oxford United Kingdom
7 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
8 University of California, Berkeley United States
9 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay  India
10 University of California, Los Angeles  United States
11 Indian Institute of Management India
12 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Germany
13 New York University United States
14 Technical University of Berlin Germany
15 Boston University United States
16 Duke University United States
17 University of Washington United States
18 Technical University of Munich Germany
19 University of Melbourne Australia
20 University of Pennsylvania United States
21 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
22 Imperial College London United Kingdom
23 Carnegie Mellon University United States
24 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
25 École Polytechnique France
26 Northwestern University United States
27 The University of Chicago United States
28 Tel Aviv University Israel
29 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
30 IE University Spain
31 Free University of Berlin Germany
32 Cornell University United States
33 University of Toronto Canada
34 Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
35 California Institute of Technology United States
36 CentraleSupélec  France
37 LMU Munich Germany
38 Princeton University United States
39 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University United States
40 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
41 ESCP Business School France
42 University of British Columbia Canada
43 University of Virginia United States
44 University of Southern California United States
45 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
46 University of Delhi India
47 Queensland University of Technology Australia
48 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
49 Macquarie University Australia
50 Washington State University United States
51 The University of Queensland Australia
52 Monash University Australia
53 Boston College United States
54 École Centrale de Lyon France
55 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani India
56 University of Sydney Australia
57 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
58 Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
59 Ecole Normale Supérieure France
60 King's College London United Kingdom
61 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
62 RWTH Aachen University Germany
63 Australian National University Australia
63 Mines ParisTech  France
65 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
66 UNSW Sydney Australia
67 McGill University Canada
68 Sorbonne University  France
69 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Israel
70 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
71 UCL United Kingdom
72 University of Manchester United Kingdom
73 The University of Tokyo Japan
74 Universitat Ramon Llul  Spain
75 George Washington University United States
76 University of Technology Sydney Australia
77 Insead France
77 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
79 London Business School United Kingdom
80 École des Ponts ParisTech France
81 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
82 California State University United States
83 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
84 Brown University United States
85 Télécom Paris - Institut Polytechnique de Paris  France
86 Arts et Métiers France
87 California State Polytechnic University United States
88 Purdue University West Lafayette United States
89 Bar-Ilan University Israel
90 HEC Paris France
91 Seoul National University South Korea
92 Durham University United Kingdom
93 Georgetown University United States
94 RMIT University Australia
95 University of San Diego United States
96 Tokyo University of Science Japan
97 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  United States
98 University of Alberta Canada
99 University of Navarra Spain
100 Queen's University Canada
101 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India
102 TU Dresden Germany
103 Dartmouth College United States
104 University of Ottawa Canada
105 University of Waterloo Canada
106 Heidelberg University Germany
107 McMaster University Canada
108 Babson College United States
109 Vanderbilt University United States
110 City, University of London United Kingdom
111 Paris Dauphine University France
112 York University Canada
113 Bangalore University India
114 University of San Francisco United States
115 University of Mumbai India
116 Brigham Young University  United States
117 University of Montreal/HEC Montreal Canada
118 Illinois Institute of Technology United States
119 Concordia University Canada
120 University of Calgary Canada
121 Florida State University United States
122 Arizona State University United States
123 University of Victoria Canada
124 University of Warwick United Kingdom
125 University of Bristol United Kingdom
126 Johns Hopkins University United States
127 Western University Canada
128 University of Florida United States
129 University of Texas at Austin United States
130 Kyoto University Japan
131 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
132 University of South Florida United States
133 Lancaster University United Kingdom
134 Cardiff University United Kingdom
135 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
136 University of Notre Dame United States
137 University of Massachusetts Amherst United States
138 ESSEC Business School France
139 University of Bath United Kingdom
139 University of California, San Diego United States
141 National University of Singapore Singapore
142 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
143 Peking University China
144 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
145 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
146 WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management Germany
147 University of Madras India
148 Brandeis University United States
149 University of Southampton United Kingdom
150 Indian Institute of Management India
151 Texas Tech University United States
152 University of Munster - School of Business and Economics Germany
153 Michigan State University United States
154 Texas A&M University United States
155 Penn State University United States
156 USC Marshall School of Business United States
157 University of Cologne Business School Germany
157 University of Maryland United States
159 University of Colorado Boulder United States
160 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus United States
161 Mannheim Business School (MBS) Germany
161 Northeastern University United States
163 University of Leeds United Kingdom
164 State University of New York United States
165 University of Science and Technology of China China
166 Rutgers University United States
167 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
168 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
169 Rochester Institute of Technology United States
169 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute United States
171 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China
172 Emory University United States
173 Colgate University United States
174 Savitribai Phule Pune University India
174 Brunel University London United Kingdom
176 HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management Germany
177 Tsinghua University China
178 University of California, Davis United States
179 Stockholm University Sweden
180 W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University United States
181 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
182 University of Exeter United Kingdom
182 Santa Clara University United States
184 Georgia State University United States
185 Indian Institute of Management Calcutta India
186 Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
187 ESMT Berlin Germany
188 ETH Zurich Switzerland
188 University of Illinois at Chicago United States
190 Miami University United States
191 Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management United States
192 KU Leuven  Belgium
192 University of Houston United States
194 TU Wien Austria
195 University of Minnesota United States
196 University of Buenos Aires Argentina
196 EMLyon Business School France
198 University of Vienna Austria
199 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
200 University of Arizona United States


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