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World University Rankings 2014-15

- Concern for New Zealand as its only top-200 university, University of Auckland, falls down the rankings

California Institute of Technology holds on to the world number one spot for the fourth consecutive year, ahead of Harvard University in second and the University of Oxford in third

Leading Asian institutions continue to rise. Asia now has 24 universities in the world top 200, up from 20 last year. Two Asian universities now make the world top 25 and six make the top 50

Strong year for Australia, but bad news for New Zealand

UK loses three universities from the prestigious top 200 list, while power concentrates in the South East

Worrying evidence of decline in North America, with significant losses for both the US and Canada

Japan retains its position as Asia’s number one nation. But its universities lose ground against rising Asian nations, including China, Hong Kong and South Korea

Still no top-200 place for India, but it does have a new joint number-one university

Strong performance from the Middle East and North Africa, with Turkey making major rankings gains and representation for Morocco, Iran and Israel

The top 200 now features 28 countries, up from 26 countries last year, with Italy and Russia appearing as new entrants



Times Higher Education (THE) magazine today publishes its 2014-15 World University Rankings – the 11th annual edition of the globally trusted rankings.

The California Institute of Technology retains its place at the top for the fourth consecutive year, with Harvard University retaining second place. The UK’s University of Oxford slips one place from joint second to third, Stanford University holds fourth place and the UK’s University of Cambridge moves up two places to fifth.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (down one place to sixth), Princeton University (down one place to seventh), the University of California, Berkeley (holding eighth) and Imperial College London and Yale University (sharing ninth place) complete the top ten. The University of Chicago loses its top ten place, dropping to 11th.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, powered by Thomson Reuters, are the world’s most comprehensive global league tables, using 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against all its core missions – research, knowledge transfer, international outlook and, uniquely among global rankings, the teaching environment.

The THE rankings have been built into government policy and institutions’ strategic plans across the globe, and are the most widely known and most widely used rankings among internationally mobile students.

The US continues to dominate the rankings, taking seven of the top 10 places and 15 of the top 20. But this year it has lost significant ground. It has 74 universities in the top 200, down from 77 last year. After a fairly stable performance last year, 60 per cent of the US universities lost ground this year, and the nation suffered an average fall of 5.34 rankings places. As with previous years, publicly funded US universities suffered the worst losses.

It was a strong year for Asia. There are now 24 universities from the Asian continent in the top 200, compared to 20 last year. This year, two of its institutions appear in the world top 25 (Tokyo University and the National University of Singapore).

Japan’s University of Tokyo maintained its status as Asia’s number one – holding steady in 23rd place – and Japan retained its position as Asia’s top nation for world-class institutions, with five of the top 200 universities. But of Japan’s five universities, four lost ground.

The National University of Singapore this year closed in on Tokyo’s position as the number one in Asia, moving up one place into 25th. Singapore’s other top-200 university, Nanyang Technological University, continued an extraordinary rise, moving from 76th to 61st.

South Korea’s Seoul National University retained its top 50 position (slipping from 44th to 50th), while the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology continued an impressive rise to 52nd place from 56th last year. Sungkyunkwan University joined the top 200 for the first time, in 148th place, while Yonsei University dropped out.

Peking University in China slipped from 45th to 48th, while its close rival, Tsinghua University, rose for another consecutive year, this year moving one place to 49th. China also gained a new top-200 entrant, Fudan University entering the elite list at 193.

The University of Hong Kong maintained its position at 43rd in the world, while the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology moved up from 57th to 51st. Hong Kong also saw City University Hong Kong regain its place in the top 200, in 192nd place.

Australia had a strong year: it gained a new top 200 entrant (the University of Adelaide joining in 164th), and most of its universities moved up the table, led by University of Melbourne in 33rd position (up one place from last year).

There are 11 countries with one top-200 representative: Austria (University of Vienna, joint 182nd), Finland (Helsinki, joint 103rd), Israel (Tel Aviv University, joint 188th), Italy (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, 63rd), New Zealand (University of Auckland, joint 175th), Norway (Oslo, joint 186th), South Africa (University of Cape Town, joint 124th), Spain (Pompeu Fabra University, 165th), the Republic of Ireland (Trinity College Dublin, in 138th), Russia (Moscow State University, in joint 196th)and Taiwan (National Taiwan University, 155th).

Several countries have no top-200 institutions, but are represented in the 200-400 list, including: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Macau, Poland, Portugal and Thailand.


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

“East Asia’s top universities continue their strong upward movement in the rankings, on the back of strong government financial support, strong leadership and a strong commitment to excellence in higher education and research. We now have two Asian universities in the world top 25 for the first time, with eight Asian institutions in or very close to the world top 50 and 24 Asian institutions in the top 200 – four more than last year.

“At the same time, many Western universities, in many cases starved of vital public funding, are losing ground. There is much talk of a power shift from East to West, but these new world university rankings provide hard evidence of the phenomenon. There is little doubt that key East Asian nations have emerged as powerhouses in global higher education and research, while traditional leaders including the UK, Canada and the US, risk losing significant ground in the global knowledge economy.”

On New Zealand

“These results will make difficult reading for New Zealand, as its flagship university, Auckland falls further away from the top of the rankings, and other universities slip or stagnate. Competition in the global knowledge economy is intensifying, and New Zealand will need to invest and work hard strategically to stay competitive – making the best of its geographical advantages in the thriving Asia-Pacific region.”


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2014-15 Rank2013-14 RankInstitution nameCountry / region
175164University of AucklandNew Zealand
251-275226-250University of OtagoNew Zealand
276-300276-300Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
301-350301-350University of CanterburyNew Zealand
351-400301-350University of WaikatoNew Zealand

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2014-15 Rank2013-14 RankInstitution nameCountry / region
11California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
22Harvard UniversityUnited States
32University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
44Stanford UniversityUnited States
57University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
65Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
76Princeton UniversityUnited States
88University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
910Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
911Yale UniversityUnited States
119University of ChicagoUnited States
1212University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
1314Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichSwitzerland
1413Columbia UniversityUnited States
1515Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
1616University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
1718University of MichiganUnited States
1817Duke UniversityUnited States
1919Cornell UniversityUnited States
2020University of TorontoCanada
2122Northwestern UniversityUnited States
2221University College LondonUnited Kingdom
2323University of TokyoJapan
2424Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
2526National University of SingaporeSingapore
2625University of WashingtonUnited States
2728Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
2827University of Texas at AustinUnited States
2929University of Illinois - UrbanaUnited States
2955Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGermany
2930University of Wisconsin MadisonUnited States
3231University of British ColumbiaCanada
3334University of MelbourneAustralia
3437École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
3432London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
3639University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
3733University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
3840New York UniversityUnited States
3935McGill UniversityCanada
4038King's College LondonUnited Kingdom
4140University of California, San DiegoUnited States
4242Washington University Saint LouisUnited States
4343University of Hong KongHong Kong
4436Karolinska InstituteSweden
4548Australian National UniversityAustralia
4646University of MinnesotaUnited States
4647University of North CarolinaUnited States
4845Peking UniversityChina
4950Tsinghua UniversityChina
5044Seoul National UniversityKorea, Republic of
5157Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
5256Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyKorea, Republic of
5258University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
5452Brown UniversityUnited States
5552University of California DavisUnited States
5561Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium
5750Boston UniversityUnited States
5849Pennsylvania State UniversityUnited States
5952Kyoto UniversityJapan
6072University of SydneyAustralia
6170École PolytechniqueFrance
6176Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
63Not rankedScuola Normale Superiore di PisaItaly
6467Leiden UniversityNetherlands
6563University of Queensland AustraliaAustralia
6660Pohang University of Science and TechnologyKorea, Republic of
6763University of GöttingenGermany
6859Ohio State UniversityUnited States
6965Rice UniversityUnited States
7068Ruprecht Karl University of HeidelbergGermany
7169Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
7273Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
7377Wageningen University and Research CenterNetherlands
7479University of BristolUnited Kingdom
7574University of BaselSwitzerland
7570University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
7783University of AmsterdamNetherlands
7865École Normale Supérieure, ParisFrance
7974Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
8094Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
8186Free University of BerlinGermany
8283Michigan State UniversityUnited States
8380Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom
8391Monash UniversityAustralia
85201-225Middle East Technical UniversityTurkey
86103University of ArizonaUnited States
8690University of Notre DameUnited States
8893University of California, IrvineUnited States
8880Tufts UniversityUnited States
9085Ghent UniversityBelgium
91132University of MassachusettsUnited States
9178University of PittsburghUnited States
9380Emory UniversityUnited States
94117University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
9492McMaster UniversityCanada
9688Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
9797University of ColoradoUnited States
98103Stockholm UniversitySweden
9887Technical University of MunichGermany
98111Uppsala UniversitySweden
10198Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
10262Purdue UniversityUnited States
103100University of HelsinkiFinland
10396Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityFrance
103141University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
103121University of ZürichSwitzerland
107124University of GenevaSwitzerland
107114Queen Mary, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
109136University of California, Santa CruzUnited States
109114University of New South WalesAustralia
111117University of St. AndrewsUnited Kingdom
111121University of SussexUnited Kingdom
113106Université de MontréalCanada
113201-225Eberhard Karls University, TübingenGermany
113100University of YorkUnited Kingdom
11688Case Western Reserve UniversityUnited States
11798University of GroningenNetherlands
118102Royal Holloway, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
119123Lund UniversitySweden
120114Université Paris-SudFrance
12195University of RochesterUnited States
121112University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
121117Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
124109University of AlbertaCanada
124126University of Cape TownSouth Africa
126135Boston CollegeUnited States
126128University of FloridaUnited States
126117Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
129109Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
130112University of VirginiaUnited States
131137Lancaster UniversityUnited Kingdom
132157University of BernSwitzerland
132108University of Maryland, College ParkUnited States
132146University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
135251-275Dresden University of TechnologyGermany
136132University of LausanneSwitzerland
136144VU University AmsterdamNetherlands
138129Trinity College DublinIreland
139199Boğaziçi UniversityTurkey
140131Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
141139Colorado School of MinesUnited States
141159Texas A&M UniversityUnited States
141125Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
144106Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
144103Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyUnited States
146139University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
147164Brandeis UniversityUnited States
148153University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
148201-225Sungkyunkwan UniversityKorea, Republic of
150148University of California, RiversideUnited States
150132Indiana UniversityUnited States
152126Dartmouth CollegeUnited States
153138Aarhus UniversityDenmark
154148University of ExeterUnited Kingdom
155142National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
156129RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
157169University of LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
157144Osaka UniversityJapan
157168University of Western AustraliaAustralia
160150University of CopenhagenDenmark
160156École Normale Supérieure de LyonFrance
162143University of UtahUnited States
163152University of FreiburgGermany
164201-225University of AdelaideAustralia
165201-225Istanbul Technical UniversityTurkey
165154Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
165164Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
165150Tohoku UniversityJapan
169185University of MiamiUnited States
170164University of AntwerpBelgium
171172Université Catholique de LouvainBelgium
171157University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
173160Georgetown UniversityUnited States
173201-225University of VictoriaCanada
175164University of AucklandNew Zealand
175161University of IowaUnited States
177Not rankedSyracuse UniversityUnited States
178188University of AberdeenUnited Kingdom
178155Joseph Fourier University - Grenoble 1France
180174University of DelawareUnited States
180178University Paris Diderot - Paris 7France
182146Arizona State UniversityUnited States
182Not rankedSabanci UniversityTurkey
182170University of ViennaAustria
185184Northeastern UniversityUnited States
186185University of OsloNorway
186172Yeshiva UniversityUnited States
188185University of OttawaCanada
188178Stony Brook UniversityUnited States
188199Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
191176State University of New York BuffaloUnited States
192201-225City University of Hong KongHong Kong
193201-225Fudan UniversityChina
193183Iowa State UniversityUnited States
195181University of BonnGermany
196226-250Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussian Federation
196201-225St George's, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
198174University of East AngliaUnited Kingdom
199161University of LeicesterUnited Kingdom
200197Florida Institute of TechnologyUnited States
200194George Washington UniversityUnited States


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Country / regionInstitutions in WUR top 200 2014-15Institutions in WUR top 200 in 2013-14Difference 2013-14 to 2014-15Highest ranked institutionTHE WUR 2014-15 Rank
United States7477-3California Institute of Technology1
United Kingdom2931-2University of Oxford3
Germany12102Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München29
Netherlands1112-1Leiden University64
Canada871University of Toronto20
Australia871University of Melbourne33
Switzerland770Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich13
France78-1École Polytechnique61
Sweden550Karolinska Institute44
Japan550University of Tokyo23
Turkey413Middle East Technical University85
Korea, Republic of440Seoul National University50
Hong Kong431University of Hong Kong43
Belgium45-1Katholieke Universiteit Leuven55
Denmark330Technical University of Denmark121
China321Peking University48
Singapore220National University of Singapore25
Taiwan110National Taiwan University155
Spain110Pompeu Fabra University165
South Africa110University of Cape Town124
Russian Federation101Lomonosov Moscow State University196
Norway110University of Oslo186
New Zealand110University of Auckland175
Italy101Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa63
Israel12-1Tel Aviv University188
Ireland12-1Trinity College Dublin138
Finland110University of Helsinki103
Austria110University of Vienna182

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Free iPhone app, 2014-15

The 2014-15 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 21.00 BST on Wednesday 1 October 2014.

Notes to editors

Methodology key facts

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15 draw upon:
• The world’s largest academic reputation survey (around 10,000 academics in 2014, and almost 70,000 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 2014-15”
• 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 2014-15” tables (in full or part) should include full attribution to “Times Higher Education with data supplied by Thomson Reuters”
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