10 July 20
Times Higher Education (THE) has produced rankings that attempt to assess teaching and learning rather than emphasising research. The latest edition of the European rankings is dominated by British universities with Oxford in first place followed by Cambridge. Of the top 21 universities, 17 are located in the UK. The best performing non-UK university is the University of Navarra in Spain in third place.
The methodology of the rankings is based on four pillars:
- Engagement (35% weighting) including Student engagement, Student interaction, Student recommendation, and Links to labour market
- Resources (20% weighting) including Staff student ratio, Papers per staff, and Quality of services
- Outcomes (20% weighting) including Academic reputation, Graduation Rate, and Skills development
- Environment (25% weighting) including Gender balance of academic staff, Gender balance of students, Proportion of international students, and Erasmus+ Student mobility.
The top universities in each category are:
- Overall; University of Oxford, UK
- Resources; University of Cambridge, UK
- Engagement; IE University, Spain
- Outcomes; University of Oxford, UK
- Environment; IE University, Spain.
The top five universities overall are:
- University of Oxford, UK
- University of Cambridge, UK
- University of Navarra, Spain
- University College London, UK
- University of St Andrews, UK.
Times Higher Education