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Gloomy year for NZ in World University Rankings

- A gloomy year for New Zealand in the prestigious league tables, as Auckland falls further -

California Institute of Technology holds on to the world number one spot for the third consecutive year, while Harvard University – tied with Oxford - regains second place, pushing Stanford University into fourth

Japan cements its position as Asia’s number one nation

Top institutions in China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan make gains - China now has two top 50 universities, but Hong Kong’s flagship loses ground

Improvement for Thailand, with India increasing its representation in the World University Rankings

No place in the top 400 list for Indonesia, Malaysia or the Philippines

Bad news for Australia overall, and for its number one, University of Melbourne

US remains dominant with seven institutions in the world top 10 and 77 in the top 200 – one more than last year

Alarming signs across Europe as the top universities in Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and Austria all fall


Times Higher Education magazine today publishes its prestigious 2013-14 World University Rankings. It was another strong year in general for East Asian nations.
The California Institute of Technology retains its place at the top for the third consecutive year, with Harvard University regaining second place (up from fourth), a position shared with the UK’s University of Oxford. Stanford University slips from joint second to fourth.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (fifth), Princeton University (sixth), the University of Cambridge (seventh), University of California, Berkeley (up one place to eighth), the University of Chicago (up one place to ninth) and Imperial College London (down two places to 10th) complete the top 10.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the most comprehensive, carefully calibrated and highly respected global league tables, using 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against all its core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The rankings are powered by Thomson Reuters, which independently collects, analyses and verifies the data.

Japan solidified its position as Asia’s number one nation in the rankings, with a total of five top-200 universities. South Korea has four top 200 institutions, while Hong Kong lost a top 200 institution (City University of Hong Kong) and now has only three representatives.

Japan’s University of Tokyo maintains its status as Asia’s number one and moves up four places to 23rd. The National University of Singapore holds on to second place in the region, moving from 29th to 26th and overtaking Australia’s University of Melbourne in the process.

South Korea’s Seoul National University moves into the top 50 for the first time (44th), followed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (up from 68th to 56th).

Peking University in China creeps up one place to 45th, while its close rival, Tsinghua University, rises two places to joint 50th.

Thailand’s only top-400 representative, King Mongkut’s University of Technology rose from the 351-400 group into the 301-350 band.

The University of Hong Kong is one of the few leading East Asian institutions not to improve its position, falling eight places to 43rd. However, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (57th) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (joint 109th) both make significant gains.

India increased its representation in the overall rankings, although none reached the top 200 list. India has five universities in the group of universities ranked between 200th and 400th. It was led by Panjab University, which made the 226th to 250th group.

Australia lost a top 200 institution with the University of Adelaide slipping out of contention, leaving seven representatives in the list. Of these, four have fallen, with the country’s number one, Melbourne, dropping out of the world top 30 and down to third place in the Asia-Pacific region.

New Zealand’s only top 200 representative, University of Auckland, dropped from 161st last year to 164th.

The US continues to dominate, taking seven of the top 10 places. This year it has 77 institutions in the rankings – one more than in 2012-13. It seems to have largely arrested signs of decline in recent years: of its top 200 institutions, 40 have risen up the tables, 33 have fallen and four have retained their position.

Europe has generally fared badly this year. While the UK’s number one, Oxford, holds on to second place in the table, almost across the board the continent’s top institutions lose ground: ETH Zürich ¬- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, the world number one outside the US and the UK, slips two places to 14th; Germany’s University of Munich falls out of the top 50; and it is a similar tale of woe for Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Austria.

Scandinavia is an exception to the trend, with its top institutions strengthening their positions.

The UK remains Europe’s strongest representative, with 31 universities in the top 200. The Netherlands has 12 players, followed by Germany with 10 (down from 11 last year), France with eight, Switzerland with seven and Belgium with five (one more than last year).

Key facts

• There are 26 countries in the world top 200 list – two more than last year thanks to Turkey, Spain and Norway rejoining the group (Brazil drops out)
• The highest-ranked institution outside the US and the UK is Switzerland’s ETH Zürich ¬- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, which slips two places to 14th
• Asia’s number one is the University of Tokyo, rising four places to 23rd
• After the US and the UK, the Netherlands is the next best represented nation (12 institutions), but its number one, Leiden University, makes it only to 67th
• France has eight representatives
• Belgium has five top 200 institutions
• Switzerland has seven players, maintaining its numbers from 2012-13
• Germany has 10 universities in the top 200 (one fewer than last year). Its highest-ranked player, Munich, has fallen out of the top 50
• The Republic of Ireland has just two top 200 institutions – and neither make the top 100
• Japan has five representatives, more than any other Asian nation. After worrying signs of decline, most improved their positions this year
• Of the so-called “Bric” economies, Brazil, Russia and India are not represented in the top 200
• The Middle East is represented in the list by Turkey and Israel. The latter now has two players, down one from last year
• Saudi Arabia and Iran have no top 200 institutions (although both are represented in the 200-400 group)
• Eight countries now have only one top 200 representative – Austria, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey
• Africa has only a single representative: Cape Town (joint 126th)
• New Zealand’s sole representative, Auckland, loses ground


Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said:

“The power shift from West to East is not as dramatic this year as the US and the UK have both managed to arrest alarming falls at the national level. But the trend is continuing: the vast majority of continental Europe’s leading institutions have slipped, while those leading the East Asian nations have for the most part risen yet again.

“More Asian institutions are nipping at the heels of the best in the West, increasingly occupying world top 50 places and showing no signs of letting up.”


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2013-14 rank2012-13 rankInstitutionCountry
164161University of AucklandNew Zealand
226-250226-250University of OtagoNew Zealand
276-300251-275Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
301-350301-350University of CanterburyNew Zealand
301-350301-350University of WaikatoNew Zealand

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2013-14 rank2012-13 rankInstitutionCountry
11California Institute of TechnologyUS
24Harvard UniversityUS
22University of OxfordUK
42Stanford UniversityUS
55Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS
66Princeton UniversityUS
77University of CambridgeUK
89University of California, BerkeleyUS
910University of ChicagoUS
108Imperial College LondonUK
1111Yale UniversityUS
1213University of California, Los AngelesUS
1314Columbia University US
1412ETH Zürich ¬- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichSwitzerland
1516Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
1615University of PennsylvaniaUS
1723Duke UniversityUS
1820University of MichiganUS
1918Cornell UniversityUS
2021University of TorontoCanada
2117University College LondonUK
2219Northwestern UniversityUS
2327University of TokyoJapan
2422Carnegie Mellon UniversityUS
2524University of WashingtonUS
2629National University of SingaporeSingapore
2725University of Texas at AustinUS
2825Georgia Institute of TechnologyUS
2933University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUS
3031University of Wisconsin-MadisonUS
3130University of British ColumbiaCanada
3239London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
3335University of California, Santa BarbaraUS
3428University of MelbourneAustralia
3534McGill UniversityCanada
3642Karolinska InstituteSweden
3740École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
3857King's College LondonUK
3932University of EdinburghUK
4041New York UniversityUS
4038University of California, San DiegoUS
4244Washington University in St LouisUS
4335University of Hong KongHong Kong
4459Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
4546Peking UniversityChina
4647University of MinnesotaUS
4742University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUS
4837Australian National UniversityAustralia
4961Pennsylvania State UniversityUS
5054Boston UniversityUS
5052Tsinghua UniversityChina
5251Brown UniversityUS
5244University of California, DavisUS
5254Kyoto UniversityJapan
5548University of MunichGermany
5668Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
5765Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
5849University of ManchesterUK
5953Ohio State UniversityUS
6050Pohang University of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
6158KU LeuvenBelgium
6269Purdue UniversityUS
6370University of GottingenGermany
6365University of QueenslandAustralia
6559École Normale Supérieure, ParisFrance
6575Rice UniversityUS
6764Leiden UniversityNetherlands
6878University of HeidelbergGermany
6977Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
7062École PolytechniqueFrance
7056University of Southern CaliforniaUS
7262University of SydneyAustralia
7372Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
74142University of BaselSwitzerland
7467Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
7686Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
7770Wageningen University and Research CenterNetherlands
7876University of PittsburghUS
7974University of BristolUK
8080Durham UniversityUK
8079Emory UniversityUS
8087Tufts UniversityUS
8383University of AmsterdamNetherlands
8394Michigan State UniversityUS
8593Ghent UniversityBelgium
86128Free University of BerlinGermany
87105Technical University of MunichGermany
88104Case Western Reserve UniversityUS
88106Vanderbilt UniversityUS
9094University of Notre DameUS
9199Monash UniversityAustralia
9288McMaster UniversityCanada
9396University of California, IrvineUS
9499Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
95102University of RochesterUS
9681Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityFrance
9791University of Colorado BoulderUS
9889University of GroningenNetherlands
98115Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
100109University of HelsinkiFinland
100103University of YorkUK
102119Royal Holloway, University of LondonUK
10398University of ArizonaUS
10399Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyUS
103117Stockholm UniversitySweden
106114Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
10684University of MontrealCanada
10897University of Maryland, College ParkUS
109121University of AlbertaCanada
109124Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
111106Uppsala UniversitySweden
112110University of SheffieldUK
112118University of VirginiaUS
11485University of New South WalesAustralia
11492University of Paris-Sud France
114145Queen Mary, University of LondonUK
117139University of GlasgowUK
117140KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
117108University of St AndrewsUK
117149Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
121110University of SussexUK
12189University of ZürichSwitzerland
12382Lund UniversitySweden
124133University of GenevaSwitzerland
125128Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
126113University of Cape TownSouth Africa
126124Dartmouth CollegeUS
128122University of FloridaUS
129154RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
129110Trinity College DublinRepublic of Ireland
131127Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
132134Indiana UniversityUS
132130University of LausanneSwitzerland
13272University of MassachusettsUS
135150Boston CollegeUS
136122University of California, Santa CruzUS
137145Lancaster UniversityUK
138116Aarhus UniversityDenmark
139184Colorado School of MinesUS
139142University of LeedsUK
141124University of WarwickUK
142134National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
143134University of UtahUS
144147Osaka UniversityJapan
144140VU University AmsterdamNetherlands
146148Arizona State UniversityUS
146130University of SouthamptonUK
148154University of California, RiversideUS
148153University of ExeterUK
150130University of CopenhagenDenmark
150137Tohoku UniversityJapan
152144University of FreiburgGermany
153158University of BirminghamUK
154151Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
155180Joseph Fourier University - Grenoble 1 France
156170ENS LyonFrance
157151University of BernSwitzerland
157120University of NottinghamUK
159156Texas A&M UniversityUS
160174Georgetown UniversityUS
161187University College DublinRepublic of Ireland
161169University of IowaUS
161196University of LeicesterUK
164192University of AntwerpBelgium
164161University of AucklandNew Zealand
164201-225Brandeis UniversityUS
164201-225Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
168190University of Western AustraliaAustralia
169171University of LiverpoolUK
170187University of TwenteNetherlands
170162University of ViennaAustria
172164Catholic University of LouvainBelgium
172156Yeshiva UniversityUS
174165University of DelawareUS
174176University of East AngliaUK
176198University at BuffaloUS
176226-250Université Libre de BruxellesBelgium
178166University Paris Diderot - Paris 7France
178162Stony Brook UniversityUS
180190Wake Forest UniversityUS
181171University of BonnGermany
181174Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUS
183193Iowa State UniversityUS
184201-225Northeastern UniversityUS
185193University of MiamiUS
185201-225University of OsloNorway
185171University of OttawaCanada
188176University of AberdeenUK
188167University of Texas at DallasUS
190183Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
191137Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
191184University of Illinois at ChicagoUS
193226-250National Graduate School of Engineering, ParisFrance
194168George Washington UniversityUS
194176University of ReadingUK
196201-225University of DundeeUK
197226-250Florida Institute of TechnologyUS
198180Newcastle UniversityUK
199276-300Boğaziçi UniversityTurkey
199158Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael


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CountryNumber of institutions in top 200Difference to 2012-13
South Korea40
Hong Kong3-1
Republic of Ireland20
New Zealand10
South Africa10


Free iPhone application, 2013-14

The 2013-14 rankings are available via a free Times Higher Education iPhone app, containing full rankings information on the world’s top 400 institutions. Powered by data from Thomson Reuters, the app allows users to change the rankings’ official weighting scheme to create their own personalised lists based on personal preferences. The app is available free on the iTunes store from 9pm on 2 October.

Notes to editors

Methodology key facts

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14 draw upon:
• The world’s largest academic reputation survey (more than 10,000 academics in 2013, and almost 60,000 since 2010)
• 50 million citations analysed and compared with the world average from the same field
• Arts, humanities and social sciences placed on an equal footing with science
• Thirteen indicators across five areas have been taken into account, making this the ONLY world rankings to examine ALL the core missions of a modern global university: research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity.
The indicators are:
Industry income – innovation
1. Research income from industry/academic staff
Teaching – the learning environment
2. Reputation survey – teaching
3. Staff-to-student ratio
4. PhDs/undergraduate degrees awarded
5. PhDs awarded/academic staff
6. Institutional income/academic staff
Citations – research influence
7. Citation impact (normalised average citations per paper)
Research – volume, income and reputation
8. Reputation survey – research
9. Research income/academic staff
10. Scholarly papers/academic staff and research staff
International outlook – staff, students and research
11. International students/total students
12. International academic staff/total academic staff
13. Scholarly papers with one or more international co-authors/total scholarly papers

Terminology and intellectual property

• The full title of the tables is “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14”
• Data for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings were provided by Thomson Reuters from its Global Institutional Profiles Project, a multi-stage process that collects and validates factual data about academic institutional performance across a range of aspects and multiple disciplines.
• Any publication of the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14” tables (in full or part) should include full attribution to “Times Higher Education with data supplied by Thomson Reuters”
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