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Seven Universities in NZ make Expanded World Rankings




London, 30th September 2015: The Times Higher Education has published the 12th edition of its World University Rankings. There are seven New Zealand institutions in the newly expanded World University Rankings top 800 ranking, with the University of Auckland its top performer in the top 200 (joint 172nd).

RANK 2015–16Institution
=172University of Auckland
201-250University of Otago
351-400Victoria University of Wellington
401-500University of Canterbury
401-500University of Waikato
501-600Massey University
601-800Auckland University of Technology

THE World University Rankings are partly based on publication and citation data from Elsevier’s Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and include analytics from SciVal, Elsevier’s tool to calculate comparative research metrics. The ranking features universities in 70 countries, with 29 new countries included this year. Countries entering this year include Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Latvia, Oman, Qatar and the Ukraine.

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

“It is good news for New Zealand to have once again made this prestigious list of the world’s top universities. It is now among one of 70 countries in the elite four per cent of universities in the world - something it can be very proud of achieving again this year.”

Elsewhere, Australia has 31 universities represented in the newly expanded World University Rankings top 800, with eight in the top 200 and a further 14 ranked between 201 and 400.

In Asia, the National University of Singapore holds Asia’s number one spot (in 26th place) while China’s two leading universities (Peking and Tsinghua) are firmly established in the world’s elite top 50 group at 42nd and joint 47th respectively. Japan has two institutions in the top 200, University of Tokyo (43rd) and Kyoto University (joint 88th), while South Korea has four institutions in the top 200: Seoul National University (85th), Pohang University of Science and Technology (116th), the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (148th) and Sungkyunkwan University (153rd). Hong Kong has three institutions in the top 200: the University of Hong Kong (joint 44th), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (59th) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (joint 138th). India has 17 institutions in the top 800 list, with two in the top 400 list, which are the Indian Institute of Science in the 251-300 group and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (351-400).

Phil Baty continued:

“It is a mixed picture for Asia. China’s two leading universities, Peking and Tsinghua, are firmly established within the world’s elite top 50 group. Singapore is another strong performer - it now boasts Asia’s number one university, the National University of Singapore in 26th place, and its compatriot, Nanyang Technological University, sits in its highest ever place, 55th.

“But tough times for Japan and disappointment for South Korea mean that leading Asian nations’ grip on the higher ranks of the THE World University Rankings is loose. Many leading institutions, particularly in East Asia, have been focussing heavily on attaining world class status, backed with funding and powerful political will. But this rankings demonstrates how difficult a task this is, as universities right across the world continue to improve.”

THE World University Rankings feature universities in 70 countries, with 29 new countries included this year. Countries entering this year include Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Latvia, Oman, Qatar and the Ukraine. While the US remains the world leader when it comes to elite universities, its dominance has been eroded this year. It has six of the top ten universities – down from seven last year – and 39 of the top 100 – down from 45 last year.

Phil Baty continued:

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s key missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The results are trusted by students and their families and by academics, university leaders and governments. The top 800 list represents just 4 per cent of the world’s higher education institutions, so we congratulate all institutions who have made this year’s list.

“This year’s expanded list is testament to just how competitive global higher education has become – our top 800 universities come from 70 different countries, and the traditional dominance of the US is eroding. Make no mistake – many countries aspire to have world class universities competing with the very best in the world, and no one at the top can afford to rest on their laurels. You have to run very fast just to stand still and there are many rising stars from a wide range of nations seeking to gain the upper hand in the 21stcentury knowledge economy.”

Copyright Times Higher Education 2015
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Rank 2015-16InstitutionCountry
1California Institute of TechnologyUS
2University of OxfordUK
3Stanford UniversityUS
4University of CambridgeUK
5Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS
6Harvard UniversityUS
7Princeton UniversityUS
8Imperial College LondonUK
9ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
10University of ChicagoUS
11Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
12Yale UniversityUS
13University of California, BerkeleyUS
14University College LondonUK
15Columbia UniversityUS
16University of California, Los AngelesUS
17University of PennsylvaniaUS
18Cornell UniversityUS
19University of TorontoCanada
20Duke UniversityUS
21University of MichiganUS
22Carnegie Mellon UniversityUS
23London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
24University of EdinburghUK
25Northwestern UniversityUS
26National University of SingaporeSingapore
27King’s College LondonUK
28Karolinska InstituteSweden
29LMU MunichGermany
30New York UniversityUS
31École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
32University of WashingtonUS
33University of MelbourneAustralia
34University of British ColumbiaCanada
35KU LeuvenBelgium
36University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUS
37Heidelberg UniversityGermany
38McGill UniversityCanada
39University of California, San DiegoUS
39University of California, Santa BarbaraUS
41Georgia Institute of TechnologyUS
42Peking UniversityChina
43University of TokyoJapan
44University of California, DavisUS
44University of Hong KongHong Kong
46University of Texas at AustinUS
47Tsinghua UniversityChina
47Wageningen University and Research CenterNetherlands
49Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
50University of Wisconsin-MadisonUS
51Brown UniversityUS
52Australian National UniversityAustralia
53Technical University of MunichGermany
54École Normale SupérieureFrance
55Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
56University of ManchesterUK
56University of SydneyAustralia
58University of AmsterdamNetherlands
59Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
60University of QueenslandAustralia
60Washington University in St LouisUS
62Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
63University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUS
64Boston UniversityUS
65Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
65University of MinnesotaUS
67Leiden UniversityNetherlands
68University of Southern CaliforniaUS
69University of BristolUK
70Durham UniversityUK
71Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
72Free University of BerlinGermany
73Monash UniversityAustralia
74University of GroningenNetherlands
75Pennsylvania State UniversityUS
76University of GlasgowUK
76University of HelsinkiFinland
78University of TübingenGermany
79University of PittsburghUS
80University of WarwickUK
81Uppsala UniversitySweden
82University of CopenhagenDenmark
82University of New South WalesAustralia
84University of FreiburgGermany
85Seoul National UniversityKorea, Republic of
86University of St AndrewsUK
87Vanderbilt UniversityUS
88Kyoto UniversityJapan
88Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
90Emory UniversityUS
90Lund UniversitySweden
90Ohio State UniversityUS
93University of ExeterUK
94University of BonnGermany
94Georgetown UniversityUS
94McMaster UniversityCanada
97University of SheffieldUK
98Queen Mary University of LondonUK
99University of GöttingenGermany
99Michigan State UniversityUS
101University of BaselSwitzerland
101École PolytechniqueFrance
101Rice UniversityUS
104Dartmouth CollegeUS
104University of ZurichSwitzerland
106University of California, IrvineUS
106University of MannheimGermany
108University of Notre DameUS
109University of Western AustraliaAustralia
110RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
110University of SouthamptonUK
112Scuola Normale Superiore di PisaItaly
113University of MontrealCanada
113Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityFrance
113Purdue UniversityUS
116Pohang University of Science and TechnologyKorea, Republic of
117University of Maryland, College ParkUS
118Ghent UniversityBelgium
119University of BirminghamUK
120University of BernSwitzerland
120University of Cape TownSouth Africa
120University of FloridaUS
123University of Erlangen-NurembergGermany
123Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyUS
125University of MünsterGermany
125Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
127University of Colorado BoulderUS
127Tufts UniversityUS
129Royal Holloway, University of LondonUK
130Lancaster UniversityUK
131University of GenevaSwitzerland
131University of YorkUK
133Case Western Reserve UniversityUS
133University of LeedsUK
135University of OsloNorway
136Stockholm UniversitySweden
137University of AlbertaCanada
138Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
138Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
140University of SussexUK
141University of MassachusettsUS
142University of ViennaAustria
143University of NottinghamUK
144University of California, Santa CruzUS
144University of LausanneSwitzerland
146Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
147University of VirginiaUS
148Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)Korea, Republic of
149Aarhus UniversityDenmark
149University of AdelaideAustralia
149University of East AngliaUK
149University of TwenteNetherlands
153Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)Korea, Republic of
154VU University AmsterdamNetherlands
155KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
156University of CologneGermany
157University of LiverpoolUK
158Dresden University of TechnologyGermany
158University of RochesterUS
160Trinity College DublinIreland
161Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussian Federation
161University of MiamiUS
163University of ArizonaUS
164Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
164University of ReadingUK
164Yeshiva UniversityUS
167University of California, RiversideUS
167University of LeicesterUK
167National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
167Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
167Université Catholique de LouvainBelgium
172University of AberdeenUK
172University of AucklandNew Zealand
174University of BarcelonaSpain
175University of KonstanzGermany
176Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
176University College DublinIreland
178Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
179University of WaterlooCanada
180University of GothenburgSweden
180Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaItaly
182University of BergenNorway
182Cardiff UniversityUK
182University of UtahUS
185Brandeis UniversityUS
185University of DundeeUK
185University of WürzburgGermany
188Paris-Sud UniversityFrance
189Arizona State UniversityUS
190University of AntwerpBelgium
190Boston CollegeUS
192Ulm UniversityGermany
193University of LuxembourgLuxembourg
193Texas A&M UniversityUS
195Charité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinGermany
196Newcastle UniversityUK
196St George’s, University of LondonUK
198University of TrentoItaly
199Paris Diderot University – Paris 7France
200Queen’s University BelfastUK

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Methodology key facts

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16 draw upon:
800 universities ranked, up from 400 from last year, with 70 countries included (29 more than in 2014)
Thirteen performance indicators make these the ONLY world rankings to examine ALL the core missions of the modern global university – research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity
The world’s largest invitation-only academic reputation survey (including responses from more than 10,000 senior academics in 2014-15)
Research excellence assessed through the examination of more than 11 million research papers (up from six million last year) with 51 million citations (up from 50 million last year)
Arts, humanities and social sciences placed on an equal footing with science

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 2015-16”
This edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings marks the first time that core institutional and reputational information has been gathered in-house by THE’s new dedicated team of data experts. This has allowed THE to publish data on more institutions than ever before. Bringing the data in-house means thatTHE can develop more sophisticated analyses: for example, tables that focus on particular regions with bespoke metrics
This is supplemented by extended research publication data drawn from Elsevier’s Scopus database, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic literature
This updated approach enables THE to analyse a deeper range of research activity from a wider range of institutions than ever before, including those institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing proportion of the world’s research output
There are caveats. While the tried, trusted and comprehensive combination of 13 performance indicators remains in place, with some carefully calibrated weightings, naturally there is a degree of volatility compared with last year because of the improvements that have been made. This has led to significant changes in some institutions’ positions that cannot be attributed solely to performance. This is why last year’s results have not been shown alongside this year’s results, as direct comparisons cannot be made
Research publication data are supplied by Elsevier from its Scopus database.
Any publication of the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16” tables (in full or part) should include full attribution to “Times Higher Educationwith data supplied by Elsevier”
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About Times Higher Education magazine
Times Higher Education is the world’s most authoritative source of information about higher education. Designed specifically for professional people working in higher education and research, THE was founded in 1971 and has been online since 1995. It is published by TES Global.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.


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