QS Rankings: DU, BUET placed among world’s best 1000 universities

The University of Dhaka (DU) and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) have ranked between world’s best 801 and 1000 universities on QS World University Rankings.

The United Kingdom-based organisation published this year’s QS World University Rankings 2021 on Wednesday.


Bangladesh's two universities secured their positions on the last 200 hundred universities for the last three consecutive years. DU stood 135th among Asian universities and BUET 207.


By subject ranking, both DU and BUET were placed between 351 and 400. In terms of graduate employability, DU was ranked between 301 and 500.

Earlier on 8 June 2020, UAE-based Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) published its world university rankings. The University of Dhaka, the only university from Bangladesh, was ranked 1794th among world’s best 2,000 universities.


In 2018, DU became the first university to secure in the most reputed QS rankings. It was then placed between 701 and 750 universities.

QS World University Rankings is the world’s most reliable one. It assesses a university on the basis of six parameters – academic reputation, employment reputation, faculty student ratio, citation per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. A university is measured on 100 marks.

Five top universities on the list are from the United States as MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) was on the top scoring 100 out of 100 while Stanford University stood second and Harvard University third.

UK has four universities among top ten as Oxford University secured the fifth position with score of 96.7.


However, the organisation did not publish scores of DU and BUET in the ranking report.

According to the ranking tally, 21 universities of neighbouring India were on the list while Pakistan’s seven. India’s eight and Pakistan’s three universities secured their position among 500 universities. No university from five other SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations could secure their positions on the list.


According to the QS rankings, China has 51 among 1000 universities while Japan’s 41, Malaysia’s 20, Saudi Arabia’s 10, Israel’s six, Iran’s five and Singapore’s three.

Among the European nations, Germany’s 45 universities were on the list while Italy’s 36, France’s 28, Netherland’s 13, and Finland’s nine.