The eighth edition of the QS World Rankings by Subject, published by QS Quacquarelli Symonds on February 28, 2018, lists the world's top universities for the study of 48 different subjects. Rankings were accessed in 2017 by more than 30 million students, parents, policy makers, and guidance and career counselors.
This year, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna has improved by one place compared to last year. That puts her behind the Julliard School (United States) and two conservatories in the United Kingdom: the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. This is one of the highlights of a successful year for Austrian higher education.
- The Austrian universities occupy eight top 50 places in 48 categories - five more than in 2017.
- Austrian universities increased the number of top 100 faculties from 16 to 25 compared to the previous year.
- The University of Vienna has now achieved a top 50 ranking in five of its 48 subjects.
- Five different Austrian universities host at least one top 50 faculty.
- Austria's strongest subjects are Chemistry, Computer Science & Business Informatics as well as Physics & Astronomy. Each of these rankings contains six Austrian universities.
- 16 Austrian universities can be found 84 times in the 48 rankings. Twelve faculties recorded discounts, while twenty-one departments improved their rank.
- Among the 48 categories there are at least one Austrian university in 40.