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:
- University of Oxford
- Stanford University
- Harvard University
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
- 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.