29 September 2018

There have been no dramatic changes in the overall Times Higher Education (THE) World University but there are some newcomers and some less well-known universities such as Babol Noshirvani University of Technology and the University of Reykjavik have done remarkably well in the citations indicator. In addition, Chinese universities have continued to improve, and Tsinghua University is now the top institution in Asia. Meanwhile the merger of French universities into larger entities is bearing fruit, with Paris Sciences et Lettres and Sorbonne University doing very well.

The rankings are supported by five columns:

  • Teaching (the learning environment) including teaching reputation, staff to student ratio, doctorate to bachelor’s ratio, doctorates awarded to academic staff ratio, and institutional income (30% weighting)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation), including research reputation, research income, and research productivity (30% weighting)
  • Citations (research influence) based on citations normalised by field, year of publication and document type (30% weighting)
  • International Outlook including international students, faculty and collaboration (7.5%% weighting)
  • Industry Income (knowledge transfer) measured by research income from industry per staff (2.5% weighting).

The top five universities overall are:

  1. University of Oxford, UK
  2. University of Cambridge, UK
  3. Stanford University, USA
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA.

The top three universities for Teaching are:

  1. Caltech
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. Stanford University.

The top three universities for Research are:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. Harvard University, USA.

The top three universities for Citations are:

  1. Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran
  2. Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK
  3. Brandeis University, USA.

The top three universities for Industry Income are:

  1. Anadolu University, Turkey
  2. Duke University, USA
  3. University of Freiburg, Germany.

The top three universities for International Outlook are:

  1. City University of Hong Kong
  2. Qatar University
  3. University of Hong Kong.

Source:
Times Higher Education

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