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US institutions top Times 2014 global university rankings

An article on the top colleges in the US, according to the Times Higher Education 2014 rankings

In spite of stricter immigration laws, tighter job rules for international students and rising costs, the USA remains the single-most popular destination for students wanting to study abroad.

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The Times Higher Education 2014 World Reputation Rankings have been announced and the rankings have sprung up quite a few surprises. The World Reputation Rankings are based on the results of the Academic Reputation Survey carried out by Ipsos MediaCT for Thomson Reuters, data supplier to the Times Higher Education rankings. The 2014 World Reputation Rankings are based on 10,536 responses from 133 countries to the survey distributed in March-May 2013.

Some significant observations based on the Reputation rankings are listed below:

  • With eight of the top ten institutions being American the USA leads the way.
  • Only the US and the UK make the top 10.
  • A cause of worry as the reputation of UK institutions seems to decline.
  • German institutions find favour and French and Swedish Universities perform poorly.
  • Six London Universities in the top 100, more than any other city in the world.
  • Australian institutions seem to have lost favour with international students and have gone down the reputation rankings.
  • The National University of Singapore continues its steady year-on-year progress, rising from 27th in the first exercise in 2011 to 21st this year.
  • Not a single institution from India features in the list — a matter of grave concern for a country that is tipped to become a super-power!
  • The highest-ranking University outside the UK and the US is Japan’s University of Tokyo (11th, down two places).
  • South Korea’s Seoul National University is Asia’s biggest riser, up 15 places to 26th, but it remains only fourth in the region.
  • Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo is the only South American institution present. 

What this means?

The dominance of the USA continues in the academic circuit; with more international students rating USA as their top study abroad destination. Students consider the reputation of the university in addition to other aspects likes fees, accommodation and campus facilities before applying. With a clear impact on job-possibilities post completion of their studies; the reputation of the institution from which they have graduated; plays a key-role in their choice of institution.

A number of institutions’ standing does not match their excellence, with reputation rankings much lower than their positions in the more objective World University Rankings. They include: UC Santa Barbara (33rd in the WUR 2013-14, 61-70 in the reputation rankings); Brown University (joint 52nd in the WUR, 81-90 by reputation); and the University of Queensland (joint 63rd in the WUR, 81-90 by reputation). This is a clear indicator that aspiring international students examine an institution from all possible aspects before enrolling for a course and investing time and money in their studies abroad.

Experts’ View:

Here’s what Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings has to say: “The UK has lost three big-name Universities from the list of the world’s 100 most prestigious institutions since the rankings were first published in 2011. In 2012, the University of Sheffield exited the rankings; in 2013 the University of Leeds followed suit; and this year the University of Bristol misses out.

Given how important global reputation is in attracting top international talent, collaborations and investment, this is cause for concern. The UK has some of the world’s biggest University brands: we must protect them.”

Bahram Bekhradnia, president of the UK’s Higher Education Policy Institute, says: “Given the UK’s size, this survey suggests we are still punching above our weight as far as research performance is concerned: at more than four times our size, the US has only around four times the number of universities in the top 100. What is worrying though is the apparent deterioration in the reputation of a number of our Universities. At a time when despite economic problems others have sought to protect their research investment, we have seen a real-terms decline, which could amount to over 20 per cent in 10 years. We should expect our research output to follow: it is difficult to imagine why not.  

“While reputation surveys do not tell you anything objective about quality, they nevertheless do reflect visibility and awareness by others of a university’s activities: academics are likely to be more aware of those with whom they’ve recently collaborated, those with recent relevant articles and those presenting at conferences. So a reputation survey such as this is likely to be a harbinger of things to come and a predictor of subsequent trends.”

THE WRR 2014

THE WRR 2013    

Institution name

Country / Region

1

1

Harvard University

US

2

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

US

3

6

Stanford University

US

4

3

University of Cambridge

UK

5

4

University of Oxford

UK

6

5

University of California, Berkeley

US

7

7

Princeton University

US

8

10

Yale University

US

9

11

California Institute of Technology

US

10

8

University of California, Los Angeles

US

11

9

University of Tokyo

Japan

12

13

Columbia University

US

13

=14

Imperial College London

UK

14

=14

University of Chicago

US

15

12

University of Michigan

US

16

=20

ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich

Switzerland

17

17

Cornell University

US

18

19

Johns Hopkins University

US

19

23

Kyoto University

Japan

20

16

University of Toronto

Canada

21

22

National University of Singapore

Singapore

22

18

University of Pennsylvania

US

23

24

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

US

24

25

London School of Economics and Political Science

UK

25

20

University College London

UK

26

41

Seoul National University

South Korea

27

29

New York University

US

28

30

University of Wisconsin-Madison

US

29

26

Carnegie Mellon University

US

30

=31

Duke University

US

31

=27

University of Washington

US

32

40

University of California, San Francisco

US

33

=31

University of British Columbia

Canada

33

=31

McGill University

Canada

33

=27

University of Texas at Austin

US

36

35

Tsinghua University

China

37

37

Northwestern University

US

38

38

Georgia Institute of Technology

US

39

51-60

Pennsylvania State University

US

40

34

University of California, San Diego

US

41

45

Peking University

China

42

51-60

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

43

36

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

43

61-70

King's College London

UK

43

39

University of Melbourne

Australia

46

46

University of Edinburgh

UK

46

44

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Germany

48

=50

Purdue University

US

49

51-60

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

50

51-60

Osaka University

Japan

51-60

48

University of California, Davis

US

51-60

61-70

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

51-60

61-70

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

51-60

61-70

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

South Korea

51-60

47

University of Manchester

UK

51-60

51-60

University of Minnesota

US

51-60

50

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Russian Federation

51-60

51-60

Ohio State University

US

51-60

51-60

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

51-60

61-70

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

61-70

42

Australian National University

Australia

61-70

51-60

University of California, Santa Barbara

US

61-70

42

University of Massachusetts

US

61-70

71-80

Michigan State University

US

61-70

51-60

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

US

61-70

71-80

Universität Heidelberg

Germany

61-70

61-70

University of Southern California

US

61-70

49

University of Sydney

Australia

61-70

61-70

Technische Universität München

Germany

61-70

61-70

Tohoku University

Japan

71-80

81-90

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

71-80

81-90

Boston University

US

71-80

71-80

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Germany

71-80

-

Indiana University

US

71-80

71-80

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

71-80

51-60

Middle East Technical University

Turkey

71-80

71-80

Université Paris-Sorbonne

France

71-80

71-80

University of Pittsburgh

US

71-80

91-100

Texas A&M University

US

71-80

81-90

Washington University in St Louis

US

81-90

81-90

Brown University

US

81-90

81-90

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

81-90

91-100

Freie Universität Berlin

Germany

81-90

61-70

Leiden University

Netherlands

81-90

91-100

University of Maryland, College Park

US

81-90

-

Mayo Medical School

US

81-90

71-80

University of Queensland

Australia

81-90

61-70

University of São Paulo

Brazil

81-90

81-90

Utrecht University

Netherlands

81-90

-

Yonsei University

South Korea

91-100

-

University of Arizona

US

91-100

81-90

University of Florida

US

91-100

-

London Business School

UK

91-100

-

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

UK

91-100

71-80

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

91-100

81-90

University of New South Wales

Australia

91-100

81-90

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

France

91-100

81-90

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

US

91-100

-

RWTH Aachen University

Germany

91-100

-

Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Israel

Source: Times Higher Education

The 2014 World Reputation Rankings indicate once again that students have a clear preference for institutions that offer a fair mix of top-class facilities, innovative courses, excellent research options, great career support and an excellent reputation. In spite of stricter immigration laws, tighter control on job opportunities for international students and rising costs, the USA remains the single-most popular destination for students who want to go abroad for better academic prospects.
 
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