Special Reports – Global Edition
Subject Rankings 2021

Regional findings of the latest QS rankings by subject

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, released earlier this month, compared 13,883 individual university programmes, taken by students at 1,440 universities globally, across 51 academic disciplines. Here we publish the findings from each region, using QS data and analysis.
Latin American higher education institutions are still struggling to keep pace with the rate of research improvements, and levels of employer recognition, enjoyed by their international peers. Of the 667 ranked programmes, 191 have fallen in rank, while 97 have improved their year-on-year position.
Seventeen departments at African universities can claim to be among the world’s 100 best places to study their subject, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. African universities perform better in the social sciences, arts and humanities, as only three of the 17 top-100 departments are scientific or technological disciplines.