A LEADER IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
MIT ranked No.2 university worldwide for Arts and Humanities
Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2019
“It’s a testament to the strength of MIT’s model that these areas of scholarship and pedagogy are deeply seeded in multiple administrative areas. Solving challenging problems requires the combined knowledge from many fields.”
— Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been ranked No. 2 worldwide in the "Arts and Humanities" subject category in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, along with the Sloan School of Management, has also been ranked No.1 worldwide for 2019 in "Business and Economics."
The Arts and Humanities ranking is based on an evaluation of the disciplines located in the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences — and in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.
The Times Higher Education ranking system determines a university’s quality in a given subject area by examining five areas: the learning environment; the volume, income, and reputation of its research; the influence of its citations in other research; the international outlook of its staff, students, and research; and its knowledge transfer to various industries.
The “Arts and Humanities” ranking evaluated 506 universities that lead in art, performing arts, design, languages, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, theology, architecture, and archaeology subjects. MIT rated just below Stanford and above Harvard in this category. MIT’s high ranking reflects the strength of both the humanities disciplines and performing arts located in MIT SHASS and the design fields and humanistic work located in MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P).
At MIT, outstanding humanities and arts programs in SHASS — including literature; history; music and theater arts; linguistics; philosophy; comparative media studies; writing; languages; science, technology and society; and women’s and gender studies — sit alongside equally strong initiatives within SA+P in the arts; architecture; design; urbanism; and history, theory, and criticism. SA+P is also home to the Media Lab, which focuses on unconventional research in technology, media, science, art, and design.
“The recognition from Times Higher Education confirms the importance of creativity and human values in the advancement of science and technology,” said Hashim Sarkis, dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. “It also rewards MIT’s longstanding commitment to “The Arts” — words that are carved in the Lobby 7 dome as one of the main areas for the application of technology.”
Receiving awards in multiple categories and in categories that span multiple schools at MIT is a recognition of the success MIT has had in fostering cross-disciplinary thinking, Nobles said.
“It’s a testament to the strength of MIT’s model that these areas of scholarship and pedagogy are deeply seeded in multiple administrative areas,” said Nobles. “At MIT, we know that solving challenging problems requires the combined knowledge from many fields. The world’s complex issues are not only scientific and technological problems; they are as much human and ethical problems.”
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Story prepared by MIT SHASS Communications
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