09 September 2017

Times Higher Education (THE) has released the latest edition of its World University Rankings. The result that has received the most publicity is the rise of Cambridge to second place so that with Oxford at the top there are now two British universities occupying the top two places. THE reports that the rise of Cambridge was due to a rise in research quality and research income while rivals Caltech and Stanford suffered because of falling institutional income and a relative decline in doctoral degrees awarded.

Other British universities, especially those in London, also did well. Imperial College London was eighth, University College London 16th and the London School of Economics 25th. 

Some Asian universities have continued to improve. The National University of Singapore has reached 22nd place while Peking University is 27th and Tsinghua University is 30th.

These rankings are based on thirteen metrics grouped in five clusters: Teaching, comprising institutional income, teaching reputation, staff student ratio, doctorates awarded per academic staff, and doctorates to bachelor’s ratio; Research consisting of research income, papers per academic staff, and research reputation; International Orientation with three indicators; income from Industry; and Citations normalised by year and field.

The top ten universities are:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  4. Stanford University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. Harvard University
  7. Princeton University
  8. Imperial College London
  9. University of Chicago
  10. ETH Zurich.

The top university in each indicator or group of indicators is:

Teaching; Caltech

Research; Oxford

Citations; MIT

Industry Income; ten universities have a score of 100

International Orientation; University of Luxembourg and Qatar University.



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