16 June 2016

The results of 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) reputation survey have just been released. The surveyis based solely on responses from researchers included in the Scopus database who were asked about research and postgraduate teaching. It was distributed between January and March of this year and altogether there were 10,566 responses. The results will be included in the 2017-18 THE World University Rankings later this year after standardisation.

There have been no methodological changes since last year and the distribution of responses by region and subject is similar. The percentage of responses from the physical sciences and engineering has gone down slightly while that for arts and humanities has risen a bit but this does not appear to have had any significant effect. There is a modest rise in the number of respondents from North America and a similar decrease in those from Western Europe.

These rankings are dominated by six universities, as they were in 2016.  Harvard is in first place followed by Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Oxford and the University of California Berkeley. Then then is a large gap between Berkeley with a score of 62.7 and seventh placed Princeton with 38.1.

There have been some gains by a few Asian universities. The University of Tokyo has risen from 12thplace to 11th, Tsinghua University from18th to 14th and Peking University from 21st to17th. On the other hand, the National University of Singapore fell one spot to 27th while Nanyang Technological University, also in Singapore, remained in the 81-90 band.

It is noticeable that London universities made further gains this year, shrugging off Brexit fears. University College London rose from 20th to 16th, the London School of Economics from 20th to 16th, and King’s College from 43rd to 41st

The most remarkable performanceby a European school was Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University of Paris, a new entrant in 38th place.

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