Latest THE World Rankings Show Asian Advance

The latest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings has just been published. Although the University of Oxford remains in first place there are signs that British and American universities continue to decline while Chinese universities advance. This year Tsinghua University reached 20th place, jointly with Duke University. The restructuring of higher education in France has borne fruit with five of the country’s institutions in the top twenty.

The THE rankings emerged in 2010 when the magazine separated from its data suppliers QS Quacquarelli Symonds and began to produce its own rankings

The rankings consist of thirteen indicators, eleven of which are bundled in three groups:

Research [30% weighting]; comprising Publications, Research Income, Research Reputation

Teaching (the learning environment) [30%]; including Teaching Reputation, Staff Student Ratio, Doctorates Bachelor’s Ratio, Doctorates Faculty Ratio, Institutional Income

International Outlook [7.5%]; international students, faculty, research collaboration

Citations [30%]; a measure of research influence

Industry Income [2.5%]; a measure of knowledge transfer.

The top five universities overall are:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. Stanford University
  3. Harvard University
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The top universities for the indicators are:

Research; University of Oxford

Teaching; Harvard University

International Outlook; Macau University of Science and Technology

Industry Income; Anadolu University

Citations (Research Influence); Nine universities in alphabetical order starting with Anglia Ruskin University received a score of 100.


Times Higher Education




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