31 May 2018
Times Higher Education (THE) have just announced the latest edition of their World Reputation Rankings. These are derived from a survey of published researchers of whom 10,162 replied, a slightly smaller number than last year. The largest number of responses was from engineering and technology (18.1%) followed by physical sciences and clinical and health sciences, with smaller numbers from other fields. Of the total responses 32 per cent were from the Asia Pacific region, 26 per cent from Western Europe, 22 per cent from North America, and 20 per cent from the rest of the world.
Researchers were asked to nominate the best universities in their fields for research and for post graduate teaching, with a double weighing given to the research survey.
This year’s survey showed, as did previous editions, that there is clear concentration at the top with six institutions standing out from the rest. Harvard is in first place followed by MIT, Stanford, Cambridge, Oxford and Berkeley. Then there is a sharp drop in scores with Princeton, Yale, UCLA and Chicago completing the top ten.
It is noticeable that this year some US universities have improved significantly. Cornell, the University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, and Georgia Institute of Technology have risen by several places.
In contrast, some famous European names such as the London School of Economics and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich have performed poorly
Times Higher Education