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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 - Trends and Results

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 is one of the most cited university rankings in the world, and they have released their latest edition of world university rankings. Almost 1400 universities from across 92 countries around the world were considered for this comprehensive ranking list. 

The universities are measured based on 13 performance indicators which are grouped into 5 major areas. They are 

  • Teaching (the learning environment) - 30%
  • Research (volume, income, and reputation) - 30%
  • Citations (research influence) - 30%
  • International outlook (staff, students, and research) - 7.5%
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer) - 2.5%

Like always countries like the US, UK, and Australia have dominated the ranking table. The US and UK are the only countries to have its universities ranked among the top 10 with 7 universities belonging to the US and the remaining 3 to the UK. While the UK’s universities took the number 1, 3, and 10 spots, with the University of Oxford taking the crown, the remaining are covered by US universities. Below are the top 10 universities and their scores.

RankUniversityOverallTeachingResearchCitationsIndustry IncomeInternational outlook
1University of Oxford
(United Kingdom)
2California Institute of Technology
(United States)
3University of Cambridge
(United Kingdom)
4Stanford University
(United States)
5Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(United States)
6Princeton University
(United States)
7Harvard university
(United States)
8Yale University
(United States)
9University of Chicago
(United States)
10Imperial College London
(United Kingdom)

Top countries with the most number of universities under 200

RankCountryNo. of Universities (2020)No. of Universities (2019)
1United States6060
2United Kingdom2829

Countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Canada have always dominated the ranking table with the most number of universities under 200. However, while countries like the US, UK, and Germany have showcased the same or lesser number of universities than last year, Australia has added 2 more universities under the 200 ranking. 

While the number of universities under 200 kept declining since 2016 for both the US and UK, Australia’s universities kept improving. It is the only country from the above table to depict strong performance whilst improving in all the metrics. 

On the other hand, Germany while having the same number of universities from last year, has improved in the long-term over the course of the last 4 years. These numbers are only set to increase in the coming years. Canadian universities also have shown quite an improvement with all its 7 universities jumping up in their ranks from last year. However, 2 of its universities have dropped down out of the top 200. 

Now that you have checked out Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, do check out our analysis on QS World University Rankings 2020 as well.

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