Overview – QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016

University rankings: BRICS

Today marks the launch of the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016, providing an overview of leading universities across the five BRICS countries. This year’s ranking is bigger than ever, with 250 institutions featured.

Which country has the most institutions in the top 250? Which university is the highest ranked? And where’s the best place in the BRICS nations to study? Explore the interactive table to find out.

The QS University Rankings: BRICS is based on eight key performance indicators, covering:

  • Global reputation
  • Internationalisation
  • Academic staff levels
  • Research production
  • Research impact

So how did each of the five BRICS nations fare? As may be expected, the economic power of China translates into a strong representation; China has 86 universities in the top 250, more than any other. Russia follows with 55, while Brazil comes a close third with 54. India has 44 institutions represented, and in 5th place is South Africa with 11.

Did your institution make the list? Here are the top 5 from each nation:



  1. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (6th overall)
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (13th overall)
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (15th overall)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (19th overall)
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Kanput (18th overall)



  1. Tsinghua University (1st overall)
  2. Peking University (2nd overall)
  3. Fudan University (3rd overall)
  4. University of Science and Technology of China (4th overall)
  5. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (5th overall)



  1. Universidade de Sao Paulo (10th overall)
  2. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (12th overall)
  3. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (29th overall)
  4. Universidade Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho” (36th overall)
  5. Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (45th overall)



  1. Lomonosov Moscow State University (7th overall)
  2. Saint-Petersburg State University (joint 20th overall)
  3. Novosibirsk State University (joint 20th overall)
  4. Bauman Moscow State University 38th overall)
  5. Tomsk State University (43rd overall)

South Africa:

South Africa

  1. University of Cape Town (14th overall)
  2. University of the Witwatersrand (joint 26th overall)
  3. Stellenbosch University (35th overall)
  4. University of Pretoria (49th overall)
  5. University of Johannesburg (66th overall)


Interested in seeing more? Take a look at the complete QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 here.

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