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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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April 17 2024
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Technology and computer science are some of the fastest growing fields in the world, and new roles and jobs are being created every month. Digital skills are highly sought after, even by non-tech companies, so a technology or digital-based degree is always a smart choice.

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 ranking was created using data collected from a survey conducted in the past year. Among the 3,500 participants were corporate executives, start-up executives and young digital professionals. Participants were asked to vote for up to 15 institutions, from a list of 1,000, that they believed excelled across five digital and tech categories. Additional data was provided by Crunchbase. The full methodology can be found here. 

Four US universities feature in the top 10, with three UK universities present, and also one university each from Canada, Germany and Australia. 

Universities from France, Spain, Japan and Sweden also feature in 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

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 world’s most prestigious institutions and is renowned 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 hone and explore their digital skills outside their studies, such as the robotics and video game development clubs.

2. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge has a purpose-built department for computer science and technology, which is equipped with the latest technology, advanced lecture theatres, dedicated practical rooms, a well-stocked library and even a cafe.

There are more than 1,000 specialist computing and advanced technology companies and commercial laboratories in the area, giving it the nickname “Silicon Fen”. With strong links to tech companies, computing students at Cambridge often secure internships in the field during their summer break.

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 2024

Digital Leaders Rank 2024UniversityCountry/region
1Harvard University United States
2University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
3Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
4University of Oxford United Kingdom
5Technical University of MunichGermany
6Columbia University United States
7University of TorontoCanada
8Boston UniversityUnited States
9University of MelbourneAustralia
10King's College LondonUnited Kingdom
11KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
12Imperial College London United Kingdom
13National University of SingaporeSingapore
14University of British ColumbiaCanada
15Technical University of BerlinGermany
16University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
17Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore
18Ecole Polytechnique - Institut Polytechnique de ParisFrance
19Stanford University United States
20New York UniversityUnited States
21University of SydneyAustralia
22The University of TokyoJapan
23Boston CollegeUnited States
24IE University Spain
25University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
26UNSW SydneyAustralia
27Yale UniversityUnited States
28California State UniversityUnited States
29Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (ITT)India
30École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
31Peking UniversityChina
32Birla Institute of Technology and Science, PilaniIndia
33London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
34Monash UniversityAustralia
35CentraleSupélec - Paris Saclay UniversityFrance
36Trinity College DublinIreland
37McGill UniversityCanada
38University of BristolUnited Kingdom
39RMIT UniversityAustralia
40University of Cape TownSouth Africa
41ETH ZurichSwitzerland
42Indian Institute of Technology DelhiIndia
43Cornell UniversityUnited States
44Brigham Young UniversityUnited States
45California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
46Tsinghua UniversityChina
47Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
48UCLUnited Kingdom
49Arizona State UniversityUnited States
50University of Technology SydneyAustralia
51Brown UniversityUnited States
52University of AucklandNew Zealand
53Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
54Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
55Ben-Gurion University of the NegevIsrael
56Technion - Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
57Universitat Ramon Llul Spain
58Duke UniversityUnited States
59McMaster UniversityCanada
60University of California, Berkeley United States
61University of Buenos AiresArgentina
62California Polytechnic State UniversityUnited States
63Sorbonne UniversityFrance
64Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom
65University of AlbertaCanada
66Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurIndia
67University of WaterlooCanada
68Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia
69University of São PauloBrazil
70Indian Institute of Technology KanpurIndia
71University of WashingtonUnited States
72Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
73University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
74Indian Institute of Technology MadrasIndia
75Bangalore UniversityIndia
76Princeton UniversityUnited States
77University of Navarra Spain
78University of Texas at Austin United States
79Macquarie UniversityAustralia
80Northwestern UniversityUnited States
81Babson CollegeUnited States
82Bar-Ilan UniversityIsrael
83Australian National UniversityAustralia
84University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
85KU LeuvenBelgium
86Dartmouth CollegeUnited States
87Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityUnited States
88University of Pennsylvania United States
89Concordia UniversityCanada
90The University of Chicago United States
91Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
92Boğaziçi UniversityTurkey
93Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
94City, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
95The University of QueenslandAustralia
96University of Warwick United Kingdom
97University of California, San DiegoUnited States
98LMU MunichGermany
99Illinois Institute of TechnologyUnited States
100Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
101University of CalgaryCanada
102University of MumbaiIndia
103Northeastern UniversityUnited States
104Purdue University West LafayetteUnited States
105University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
106University of MichiganUnited States
107TU WienAustria
108Texas A&M UniversityUnited States
109IDC HerzliyaIsrael
110University of DelhiIndia
111The Open UniversityUnited Kingdom
112Bocconi University Italy
113University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
114Tecnológico de Monterrey Mexico
115University of Cergy-PontoiseFrance
116Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
117University of VirginiaUnited States
118Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)South Korea
119Free University of BerlinGermany
120Instituto Superior Técnico LisboaPortugal
121University of FloridaUnited States
122University of Montreal Canada
123Mines Paris - PSL UniversityFrance
124Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
125Cardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
126Polytechnic University of BucharestRomania
127Kyoto UniversityJapan
128National Technical University of Ukraine – Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic InstituteUkraine
129Fundação Getulio VargasBrazil
130Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
131Polytechnic University of MilanItaly
132Washington State UniversityUnited States
133American University of BeirutLebanon
134Penn State (Main Campus)United States
135École des Ponts ParisTechFrance
136École Centrale de LyonFrance
137Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityIndia
138Brandeis UniversityUnited States
139University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
140University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States
141University of AmsterdamNetherlands
142Queen's University Canada
143Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
144Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyChina
145Conservatoire National des Arts et MétiersFrance
147Georgetown UniversityUnited States
148University of the Andes, ColombiaColombia
149University of OttawaCanada
150Simon Fraser UniversityCanada
151Tallinn University of TechnologyEstonia
152Technical University of DarmstadtGermany
153RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
154University of MadrasIndia
155Telecom Paris - Institut Polytechnique de ParisFrance
156University of SeoulSouth Korea
157Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileChile
158Emory UniversityUnited States
159Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUnited States
160Tokyo University of ScienceJapan
161Université Paris-Dauphine - PSL UniversityFrance
162Florida State UniversityUnited States
163Heidelberg UniversityGermany
164Western UniversityCanada
166University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
167George Washington UniversityUnited States
168Miami UniversityUnited States
169Polytechnic University of CataloniaSpain
170Washington University in Saint LouisUnited States
171University of DeustoSpain
172Victoria UniversityCanada
173 Indian Institute of ScienceIndia
174University of GranadaSpain
175Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain
176Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeIndia
177Universidad Panamericana Mexico
178Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay - University Paris-SaclayFrance
179University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
180Frankfurt School of Finance & ManagementGermany
181VIT UniversityIndia
182Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
183Anna UniversityIndia
184TU DresdenGermany
185Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
186Drexel UniversityUnited States
187Indian Institute of Technology GuwahatiIndia
188The Open University of IsraelIsrael
189Rutgers University - New JerseyUnited States
190University of BathUnited Kingdom
191Copenhagen Business SchoolDenmark
192International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad India
193Great Lakes Institute of ManagementIndia
194Université Paris-Saclay France
195New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUnited States
196Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia
197University of AdelaideAustralia
198University of St GallenSwitzerland
199University of San FranciscoUnited States
200University College DublinIreland



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