Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts (MDW) placed first in its field – tying with the renowned Julliard School in New York – in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking of 2019.  The QS rankings, compiled from 1,219 academics worldwide, are published annually and used by prospective students to find the leading schools in their field. Rankings are based on research quality and achievements, academic reputation and graduate employment.

Altogether six Austrian universities were ranked in the top 50 across 48 diciplines, including the University of Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Forestry, and Communication Sciences. Particularly high marks were awarded to Vienna’s University of Business and Economics (WU), ranked 38th in its field and Salzburg’s Mozarteum, which rose to 32nd in the performing arts. The director of MDW, Ulrike Sych reported being “overjoyed” at the news: “We share our top ranking with the renowned Julliard School in New York, and our graduates have the highest employment rates.”