Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been ranked one of the top three universities across the world by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for arts and humanities education. The other two being: the Stanford University and the Harvard University. They all are within 2 percentage points of one another in the evaluation metrics.
Humanities and Arts also forms the part of the curriculum for students studying at MIT in their growth as human beings who understand the power of science and technology. Students are time and again made aware of the impacts of power of science and technology on society and are prepared to be bold, thoughtful leaders of constructive change.
Earlier on September 15 according to 12th edition of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings of World’s top universities for 2015-2016 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was again on the top spot for fourth time in a row. Quacquarelli Symonds rankings ranked it first for the economics and linguistics fields, like the humanities and performing arts at MIT, located in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (SHASS).
For the year 2015, Times Higher Education announced the arts and humanities rankings on October 21, 2015. As per the reports of Times Higher Education, the United States continues to dominate these subject areas but the overall representation has gone down from 35 institutions in the top 100 list in 2014 to 32 in 2015.
One reason that can be cited for such a drastic change could be the ‘decrease in federal funding for humanities research and the arts’, according to SHASS Dean Melissa Nobles. In a recent interview with the Times Higher Education Melissa said, “federal funding currently wants to privilege science and technology at the expense of the humanities.”
As per the MIT model, it offers STEM, humanities, arts and social science fields programs for problem-solving, research and education. All the candidates enrolled for undergraduate programmes at MIT are required to take a minimum of eight classes in arts, humanities, and social sciences. Nobles told the magazine: “The world’s problems are so complex they’re not only science and technological problems. They are as much human and moral problems.”
MIT President L. Rafael Reif said, “I am delighted that MIT’s faculty in the arts and humanities are receiving this public recognition as scholars and teachers for their remarkable research and creativity. Their work challenges us to think about the world in new ways, overturns fixed assumptions and inspires novel connections across disciplines far beyond their own fields.”
Times Higher Education is a renowned British education magazine and Times Higher Education World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings. Subject rankings use the same performance indicators as the World University Rankings but are re-calibrated with different weightings to suit each field. It is process wherein the prestigious universities are being judged since the year 2004. The universities are accessed on the basis of the core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
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