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Asian-Pacific universities gain ground in THE rankings 2013

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The UK and the US remain the best represented countries in the prestigious Times Higher Education rankings for 2012-2013, with a significant number of top 200 institutions. However, the UK has suffered substantial losses in stark contrast to gains for most of Asia’s leading institutions.

The Times Higher Education 2012-13 rankings, the world’s most comprehensive and balanced global rankings, show The California Institute of Technology retaining the top spot whilst Oxford University rises two positions to take joint second place with the elite US private institution Stanford University.

Other UK institutions are represented in the top200: University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and University of Bristol ranked in the top100, whilst University of Sheffield, the University of Leeds, the University of York and the University of Birmingham also made it to the top 200 among other UK institutions.

By contrast, major gains across Asia-Pacific countries are highlighted in this year’s rankings with China’s institutions on the rise: Peking University moving from joint 49th to 46th and Tsinghua University jumping 19 places from 71st to 52nd.

Singapore’s two top 100 institutions, The National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University have rocketed from the top200 to 29th and 86th place in only a year. Strong investment is given as one of the reasons for such improvement.  Republic of Korea has also had a similar outcome in this year’s rankings.

The Netherlands is the next best-represented nation in the top 200, with Leiden University, Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam making it to the top100. Maastricht University gained significant ground, jumping from 197th in the 2011 rankings to 115th place, and the University of Twente joined the top 200 in the 2012 rankings.

Australian institutions have significantly improved their performance with eight institutions in the table. University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and Monash University managed to make it to the top 100.

Talking about the performance of UK universities in the 2012 rankings, David Willetts, the UK’s universities and science minister, writes: “The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13 show that it is not only in Olympic sports that the UK excels…Our university sector has maintained its world-class status…but we cannot be complacent. In particular, the rankings show the rapid advances being made in East Asia and the Pacific region…In future, any country that stands still – or moves forward only slowly – will find itself slipping down the international league as other countries try harder, invest more and improve their research.”

 

Top 50 table

2012-13 Rank

Institution Name

Country

2011 Rank

1

California Institute of Technology

United States

1

=2

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

4

=2

Stanford University

United States

2

4

Harvard University

United States

2

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

7

6

Princeton University

United States

5

7

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

6

8

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

8

9

University of California, Berkeley

United States

10

10

University of Chicago

United States

9

11

Yale University

United States

11

12

ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Switzerland

15

13

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

13

14

Columbia University

United States

12

15

University of Pennsylvania

United States

16

16

Johns Hopkins University

United States

14

17

University College London

United Kingdom

17

18

Cornell University

United States

20

19

Northwestern University

United States

26

20

University of Michigan

United States

18

21

University of Toronto

Canada

19

22

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

21

23

Duke University

United States

22

24

University of Washington

United States

25

=25

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

24

=25

University of Texas at Austin

United States

29

27

University of Tokyo

Japan

30

28

University of Melbourne

Australia

37

29

National University of Singapore

Singapore

40

30

University of British Columbia

Canada

22

31

University of Wisconsin Madison

United States

27

32

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

36

33

University of Illinois - Urbana

United States

31

34

McGill University

Canada

28

=35

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

34

=35

University of California, Santa Barbara

United States

35

37

Australian National University

Australia

38

38

University of California, San Diego

United States

33

39

London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom

47

40

École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne

Switzerland

46

41

New York University

United States

44

=42

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

32

=42

University of North Carolina

United States

43

=44

University of California, Davis

United States

38

=44

Washington University in Saint Louis

United States

41

46

Peking University

China

49

47

University of Minnesota

United States

42

48

University of Munich

Germany

45

49

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

48

50

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Korea, Rep. of

53

Source: Times Higher Education 2012- 2013 rankings

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