18 July 2019
In the Times Higher Education(THE) University Reputation rankings There are few surprises. At the top there are six American and British universities with outstanding reputations: they are in descending order, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of California Berkeley. The rankings are based on a survey administered by Elsevier that was sent to researchers with publications in the Scopus database.
There was a total of 11,554 responses submitted between November and February. After adjustment to the weighting the largest number of responses were from the physical sciences, clinical and health sciences, and life sciences. The Asia-Pacific region had a weighting of 39%, Western Europe 22%, North America 20%, Eastern Europe 11%, Latin America 5%, Africa 2%, and the Middle East 1%.UN data was used to recalibrate the percentage of responses from countries that were over- or under-represented.
In contrast to some indicators in the THE world rankings, changes from one year to another are relatively small. But a comparison of the 2011 and 2019 rankings shows some significant trends. Asian universities have improved, Tsinghua from 35th place to 14th, Peking from 43rd to 17th, Seoul National University from 51st to 47th, and the National University of Singapore from 27th to 24th.
There are no universities from Africa, India or the Middle east in the top 100, and only one each from Eastern Europe and Latin America
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