UK universities facing tough global competition in STEM subjects

Global university subject rankings, published today, show that UK universities are facing increasingly tough competition from the US and Asia in STEM subjects

The UK is ‘lagging behind’ in science and maths at university level, according to new international rankings, published today.

The annual figures from QS show that, while the UK is still performing strongly in the arts and humanities, it is falling behind in STEM subjects.

Analysis of the rankings found that only three of the top 50 universities for civil engineering were in the UK, less than Hong Kong and Australia.

The new figures also revealed that Asia had 10 of the top 30 institutions in the areas of chemical, civil and electrical engineering and eight for mechanical engineering, with the National University of Singapore making the global top ten in all five of the engineering and technology disciplines.

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