Times university rankings show Asia's progress

06, October, 2014


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2014-15 show the USA and UK continuing to dominate the upper positions as well as further advances for Asian universities within the top 200.



The Broad Center for the Biological Sciences at California Institute of Technology, which retained first place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15. Credit-Caltech, Lance Hayashida


In the annual Times Higher Education (THE) rankings system, California Institute of Technology, USA, remains the highest ranked institution in a virtually unchanged top five, followed by: Harvard University, USA; Oxford University, UK; Stanford University, USA; and the University of Cambridge, UK.

The USA was again comfortably the most prolific country within the list, boasting seven institutions in the top 10, 15 of the top 20, and 45 of the top 100 positions, although four universities exited the top 200 this year.

The UK claimed three of the top 10 places, seven of the top 50 and 11 of the top 100, while Germany and the Netherland both had six institutions within the top 100.

The University of Tokyo, Japan, was the highest ranked institution from outside North America and Europe at 23rd, followed by the National University of Singapore, which entered the top 25 for the first time.

The rise of NUS was emblematic of gains for Asia, which claimed 24 places in the top 200 – four more than last year. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology rose six places to 51st, while Nanyang Technological University in Singapore jumped 15 places to 61st and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology moved up to 51st position.

“East Asia and Singapore have arrived as a third great region of higher education and research, alongside North America and Europe,” said Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the UK’s Institute of Education, University of London, to THE. “In the countries shaped by the traditions of Confucian self-cultivation through education, there is an especially deep commitment to higher education and scholarship – and the investment to match that commitment.”

The rankings are based on 13 performance criteria grouped into five areas: teaching – the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the score); research –volume, income and reputation (30 per cent); citations – research influence (30 per cent); industry income – innovation (2.5 per cent); and international outlook – staff, students and research (7.5 per cent).

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