The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remains the best university in the world for a seventh consecutive year, according to the latest ranking from education research firm Quacquarelli Symonds.

Every year QS ranks universities around the world using a methodology that evaluates academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, as well as international reputation.

Using a points system, QS then rates the universities out of 100. They use these numbers to determine the best universities in the world.

MIT scored a 100 in every category, and as a result gained a perfect overall score, beating the likes of Harvard and Oxford University.

The latest rankings were published on Tuesday evening and can be found on the QS website.

39 universities gained a rating of more than 80 out of 100, spanning four continents, and almost a dozen different countries. The USA dominates the top of the list, while the UK and China are also prominent.

39. University of Melbourne, Australia — 80.1

38. London School of Economics, UK — 80.2

37. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — 80.5

36. Seoul National University, South Korea — 80.6

35. Kyoto University, Japan — 81.2

34. Northwestern University, USA — 81.5

33. McGill University, Canada — 81.7

32. University of California, Los Angeles, USA — 81.9

31. King's College London, UK — 82.5

30. Peking University, China — 82.6

29. University of Manchester, UK — 82.9

28. University of Toronto, Canada — 83.0

27. University of California, Berkeley, USA — 83.2

26. Duke University, USA — 83.9

25. University of Hong Kong — 84.3

24. Australian National University, Australia — 84.4

23. University of Tokyo, Japan — 85.3

22. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland — 85.8

21. Johns Hopkins University, USA — 85.9

20. University of Michigan, USA —86.4

19. University of Pennsylvania, USA — 86.5

18. University of Edinburgh, UK — 86.9

17. Tsinghua University, China — 87.2

16. Columbia University, USA — 88.5

15. Yale University, USA — 89.6

14. Cornell University, USA — 90.5

13. Princeton University, USA — 90.9

12. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — 91.3

11. National University of Singapore, Singapore — 92.0

10. University College London, UK — 92.9

9. University of Chicago, USA — 93.2

8. Imperial College London, UK — 93.3

7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland — 95.3

6. University of Cambridge, UK — 95.6

5. University of Oxford, UK — 96.8

4. California Institute of Technology, USA — 97.2

3. Harvard University, USA — 98.5

2. Stanford University, USA — 98.6

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA — 100