Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015
TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION PUBLISHES WORLD REPUTATION RANKINGS 2015 – THE DEFINITIVE LIST OF THE WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES
Harvard University retains first place on the list of the world’s most prestigious universities
Japan leads Asia in the global reputation league, but the University of Tokyo falls still further from the top ten
Outstanding progress for China’s leading universities – with Tsinghua and Peking securing their highest ever positions – but Hong Kong loses ground
The UK’s Cambridge University (2nd) and Oxford (3rd) push the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4th) and Stanford University (5th) down.
European powerhouses London and Paris tie for top spot as the world cities with the highest number of top ranked universities
Good news for Australia with five top 100 institutions
No place in the top 50 for South Korea or Taiwan
SEE BELOW FOR THE FOLLOWING:
• QUOTES FROM PHIL BATY, EDITOR, TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION RANKINGS
FULL TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION WORLD REPUTATION RANKINGS 2015 RESULTS
COUNTRY REPRESENTATION IN WORLD TOP 100
Times Higher Education (THE) today publishes the 2015 THE World Reputation Rankings – the definitive list of the world’s 100 most prestigious universities, based on the largest invitation-only survey of senior academics across the world.
The list has become a widely-referenced global index of university prestige, as reputation is a key driver of success in a highly competitive global higher education market, helping institutions to attract the top student and academic talent as well as investment, research partners and benefactions.
For the fifth year in a row, the 2015 rankings have highlighted an elite group of six US and UK “super-brands” that stands head and shoulders above the rest, headed by Harvard University. Cambridge University moves into second place this year (up from 4th), Oxford University takes third (up from 5th), while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology drops to fourth (from second) and Stanford University takes 5th (from 3rd). The University of California, Berkeley, holds onto 6th place.
The rest of the top ten is made up of US
institutions: Princeton University (seventh); Yale
University (eighth); and the California Institute of
Technology (ninth) hold their places, while Columbia
University makes the world top 10 for the first time (in
10th), replacing the University of California, Los Angeles,
which dropped to 13th.
Overall, the US continues to dominate, with 26 of the top 50 places, and a total of 43 of the top 100 (down from 46 last year). The US’s star performers include Columbia, rising into the top 10 from 23rd in 2011, when the survey was first carried out, and New York University, which this year makes 20th place, up from outside the top 50 in 2011.
After the US, the UK has the most top 100 representatives: 12, up from ten last year and nine in 2013. The “golden triangle” of Oxford, Cambridge and London strengthened its grip on UK higher education: As well as Cambridge and Oxford rising closer to the summit, University College London moved up from 25th to 17th, the London School of Economics rose two places to 22nd and King’s College London jumped eight places from 43rd to 31st. King’s is one of the rising stars of the rankings, after moving up from the 61-70 band in 2013 (institutions ranked below the top 50 are placed in bands of ten). The saw two new entrants to the top 100: Warwick and Durham universities both entered in the 81-90 group.
Edinburgh University is Scotland’s only representative among the global super-brands, rising from 46th to 29th place.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Australia gained ground. Its leader, the University of Melbourne, host of the THE World Academic Summit in October 2015, moved up from 43rd to joint 41st. Both the University of Sydney and Australian National University moved up from the 61-70 band to the 51-60 group.
Asia’s number one performer is the University of Tokyo, slipping one place to 12th in the world. But it was a bad result overall for Japan, as Kyoto University slipped out of the top 20, from 19th to 27th, and Osaka University fell out of the table altogether.
Meanwhile, China gained much ground. Its top institution, Tsinghua University rose ten places to 26th, overtaking Kyoto for the first time in the reputation rankings, and Peking also rose – moving to 32nd place from 41st last year. Hong Kong did not do so well – its flagship, the University of Hong Kong, slipped out of the top 50, from 43rd to the 51-60 band.
South Korea’s only representative this year was Seoul National University, dropping into the bottom half of the table (51-60), while Singapore’s two leading institutions largely held their ground: National University of Singapore took 24th place, while Nanyang Technological University remained in the 91-100 band. Taiwan’s sole representative, National Taiwan University, slipped a band from 51-60 last year to 61-70.
In total, 21 countries are
The World Reputation Rankings are part of the portfolio of league tables that has established Times Higher Education as the most respected provider of comparative global higher education performance data. They are based on a global invitation-only opinion poll carried out in partnership with Elsevier. The poll has attracted almost 70,000 responses from more than 150 countries in five annual rounds since the first survey in 2010. The 2015 results were drawn from 10,507 survey responses from published senior academics who reported an average of 15 years working in higher education.
Research by international student recruitment agency IDP has shown that a university’s “reputation/ranking” is the single most important consideration for students choosing study destinations, above fees and even course content (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2012-13/world-ranking/analysis/name-is-the-game).
A separate study by the World 100 Reputation Network has found that institutional reputation is the number one factor for international academics changing jobs (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=419275).
Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, says:
“This ranking is very simple and very powerful. It is based purely on subjective judgment. But it is the expert subjective judgment of those who know most about excellent teaching and research – leading academics from all around the world. And their opinion matters deeply. A university’s global academic reputation is vital – it not only influences investments and funding decisions, but more importantly, it helps a university to develop and nurture its single greatest asset: its student and academic talent.
“The annual THE World Reputation Rankings are an essential indicator of the fortunes of global university brands.”
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WORLD REPUTATION RANKINGS 2015: FULL
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|2015 reputation rank||2014 reputation rank||Institution||Country / region|
|1||1||Harvard University||United States|
|2||4||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom|
|3||5||University of Oxford||United Kingdom|
|4||2||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||United States|
|5||3||Stanford University||United States|
|6||6||University of California, Berkeley||United States|
|7||7||Princeton University||United States|
|8||8||Yale University||United States|
|9||9||California Institute of Technology||United States|
|10||12||Columbia University||United States|
|11||14||University of Chicago||United States|
|12||11||University of Tokyo||Japan|
|13||10||University of California, Los Angeles||United States|
|14||13||Imperial College London||United Kingdom|
|15||16||ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich||Switzerland|
|16||20||University of Toronto||Canada|
|17||25||University College London||United Kingdom|
|18||18||Johns Hopkins University||United States|
|19||15||University of Michigan||United States|
|20||17||Cornell University||United States|
|20||27||New York University||United States|
|22||24||London School of Economics and Political Science||United Kingdom|
|23||22||University of Pennsylvania||United States|
|24||21||National University of Singapore||Singapore|
|25||51-60||Lomonosov Moscow State University||Russian Federation|
|28||29||Carnegie Mellon University||United States|
|29||46||University of Edinburgh||United Kingdom|
|30||23||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||United States|
|31||43||King’s College London||United Kingdom|
|33||31||University of Washington||United States|
|34||30||Duke University||United States|
|35||46||Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich||Germany|
|37||33||University of British Columbia||Canada|
|38||32||University of California, San Francisco||United States|
|38||28||University of Wisconsin-Madison||United States|
|41||40||University of California, San Diego||United States|
|41||71-80||Humboldt University of Berlin||Germany|
|41||43||University of Melbourne||Australia|
|44||51-60||University of California, Davis||United States|
|46||33||University of Texas at Austin||United States|
|47||37||Northwestern University||United States|
|48||49||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||Switzerland|
|49||38||Georgia Institute of Technology||United States|
|50||51-60||University of Manchester||United Kingdom|
|51-60||71-80||University of Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|61-70||Australian National University||Australia|
|42||Delft University of Technology||Netherlands|
|81-90||Free University of Berlin||Germany|
|43||University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|71-80||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven||Belgium|
|–||Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1||France|
|71-80||Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4||France|
|81-90||University of São Paulo||Brazil|
|26||Seoul National University||Republic of Korea|
|61-70||University of Sydney||Australia|
|61-70||61-70||University of California, Santa Barbara||United States|
|–||École Normale Supérieure||France|
|51-60||National Taiwan University||Taiwan|
|–||University of North Carolina*||United States|
|39||Pennsylvania State University||United States|
|61-70||University of Southern California||United States|
|61-70||Technical University of Munich||Germany|
|-||Wageningen University and Research Center||Netherlands|
|71-80||71-80||Boston University||United States|
|81-90||Brown University||United States|
|51-60||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||Hong Kong|
|61-70||Michigan State University||United States|
|51-60||University of Minnesota||United States|
|–||National Autonomous University of Mexico||Mexico|
|71-80||University of Pittsburgh||United States|
|48||Purdue University||United States|
|91-100||Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey||United States|
|–||Saint Petersburg State University||Russian Federation|
|81-90||–||University of Copenhagen||Denmark|
|–||Durham University||United Kingdom|
|–||University of Helsinki||Finland|
|51-60||Ohio State University||United States|
|81-90||University of Queensland||Australia|
|71-80||Texas A&M University||United States|
|–||University of Warwick||United Kingdom|
|71-80||Washington University in St Louis||United States|
|91-100||–||University of Bristol||United Kingdom|
|91-100||London Business School||United Kingdom|
|81-90||University of Maryland, College Park||United States|
|61-70||University of Massachusetts||United States|
|81-90||Mayo Medical School||United States|
|91-100||Nanyang Technological University||Singapore|
|91-100||RWTH Aachen University||Germany|
THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION WORLD
REPUTATION RANKINGS 2015: STATE OF THE NATIONS - NUMBER OF
REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH COUNTRY IN THE TOP
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|Country / region||Number of institutions in Top 100||Top institution in country / region|
|United States||43||Harvard University|
|United Kingdom||12||University of Cambridge|
|Germany||6||Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich|
|Australia||5||University of Melbourne|
|France||5||Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1|
|Netherlands||5||Delft University of Technology|
|Canada||3||University of Toronto|
|Hong Kong||2||University of Hong Kong|
|Japan||2||University of Tokyo|
|Russian Federation||2||Lomonosov Moscow State University|
|Singapore||2||National University of Singapore|
|Switzerland||2||ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich|
|Belgium||1||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven|
|Brazil||1||University of São Paulo|
|Denmark||1||University of Copenhagen|
|Finland||1||University of Helsinki|
|Mexico||1||National Autonomous University of Mexico|
|Republic of Korea||1||Seoul National University|
|Taiwan||1||National Taiwan University|
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Notes to editors
Methodology key facts
• The World
Reputation Rankings are based on the results of the Academic
Reputation Survey carried out by Times Higher
Education in partnership with Elsevier. The 2015 World
Reputation Rankings are based on 9,794 responses from a
total of 10,507 responses from 142 countries to the survey
distributed in December 2014 and January 2015.
• The survey was available in 15 languages (up from ten last year) and is distributed based on United Nations data to ensure that it accurately reflects the global distribution of scholars. Times Higher Education does not allow volunteers to take part in the survey and accepts no nominations from institutions or any third party.
• The poll asks academics to nominate no more than 10 of the best institutions in their narrow field of expertise, based on their experience and knowledge, making it a rigorous global measure of academic prestige.
• For the 2015 table, the most responses were from the US (15.8 per cent) followed by China (10.6 per cent) and Japan (7.2 per cent). There were 5.6 per cent responses from the UK and 5.5 per cent from Russia. Brazil made up 2.4 per cent of responses and South Africa 1.8 per cent.
• Twenty per cent of respondents hail from engineering and technology, 19 per cent from the social sciences, 17 per cent from the physical sciences, 13 per cent from clinical subjects, 15 per cent from the life sciences and 16 per cent from the arts and humanities.
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