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CIT makes it 4 years at the top in Times World Rankings 2014

Read our coverage of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15 which has seen California Institute of Technology come 1st for the 4th year in a row.

California Institute of Technology come 1st in the Times World Rankings 2014-15

California Institute of Technology has triumphed for the 4th year in a row in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, taking the no.1 spot.

Harvard University and Oxford University topped off the top 3, taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively (last year the two shared 2nd place). Meanwhile Stanford University held on to their 4th place from last year, while Cambridge University gained some ground, reaching 5th place. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, Imperial College London and Yale University rounded out the top 10.

While American and British universities look to continue their domination of the Times World University Rankings with the most universities making the Rankings in high spots, when you take a closer look it seems that their grip on the Rankings is waning (albeit at a very slow pace). 60% of American universities dropped in the Rankings from where they were last year, while Britain now has 29 institutions in the top 200 compared to 31 last year. While this might not seem like a large drop-off, the gradual long-term change in the next few years will certainly be interesting to observe.

A big part of this change will be Asia’s continuing rise. Now Asian universities make up roughly 1/8th of the top 200, with Tokyo University and the National University of Singapore sitting in the top 25. It was a strong year for Asia once more. There are now 24 universities from the Asian continent in the top 200, compared to 20 last year. This year, two of its institutions made the top 25 in Tokyo University and the National University of Singapore (It should be noted that Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University jumped 15 places from last year, to 61st).

 Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education World Rankings highlighted the ‘strong government financial support, strong leadership and a strong commitment to excellence in higher education and research’ as reasons for Asia’s ris, while many Western universities have been ‘starved on vital public funding’.

Times Higher Education’s Rankings are the most respected league tables when it comes to ranking the top 200 universities in the world each year, with international students consulting these when deciding where they want to study overseas.

The Rankings are based on 13 performance indicators which look at how a university has fared when it comes to research, knowledge transfer, international outlook and teaching environment.

 

Check out the full Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15 below:

2014-15 Rank

2013-14 Rank

Institution name

Country / region

1

1

California Institute of Technology

United States

2

2

Harvard University

United States

3

2

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

4

4

Stanford University

United States

5

7

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

6

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

7

6

Princeton University

United States

8

8

University of California, Berkeley

United States

9

10

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

9

11

Yale University

United States

11

9

University of Chicago

United States

12

12

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

13

14

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

Switzerland

14

13

Columbia University

United States

15

15

Johns Hopkins University

United States

16

16

University of Pennsylvania

United States

17

18

University of Michigan

United States

18

17

Duke University

United States

19

19

Cornell University

United States

20

20

University of Toronto

Canada

21

22

Northwestern University

United States

22

21

University College London

United Kingdom

23

23

University of Tokyo

Japan

24

24

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

25

26

National University of Singapore

Singapore

26

25

University of Washington

United States

27

28

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

28

27

University of Texas at Austin

United States

29

29

University of Illinois - Urbana

United States

29

55

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Germany

29

30

University of Wisconsin Madison

United States

32

31

University of British Columbia

Canada

33

34

University of Melbourne

Australia

34

37

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

34

32

London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom

36

39

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

37

33

University of California, Santa Barbara

United States

38

40

New York University

United States

39

35

McGill University

Canada

40

38

King's College London

United Kingdom

41

40

University of California, San Diego

United States

42

42

Washington University Saint Louis

United States

43

43

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

44

36

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

45

48

Australian National University

Australia

46

46

University of Minnesota

United States

46

47

University of North Carolina

United States

48

45

Peking University

China

49

50

Tsinghua University

China

50

44

Seoul National University

Korea, Republic of

51

57

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

52

56

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Korea, Republic of

52

58

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

54

52

Brown University

United States

55

52

University of California Davis

United States

55

61

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

57

50

Boston University

United States

58

49

Pennsylvania State University

United States

59

52

Kyoto University

Japan

60

72

University of Sydney

Australia

61

70

École Polytechnique

France

61

76

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

63

Not ranked

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Italy

64

67

Leiden University

Netherlands

65

63

University of Queensland Australia

Australia

66

60

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Korea, Republic of

67

63

University of Göttingen

Germany

68

59

Ohio State University

United States

69

65

Rice University

United States

70

68

Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg

Germany

71

69

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

72

73

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

73

77

Wageningen University and Research Center

Netherlands

74

79

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

75

74

University of Basel

Switzerland

75

70

University of Southern California

United States

77

83

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

78

65

École Normale Supérieure, Paris

France

79

74

Utrecht University

Netherlands

80

94

Humboldt University of Berlin

Germany

81

86

Free University of Berlin

Germany

82

83

Michigan State University

United States

83

80

Durham University

United Kingdom

83

91

Monash University

Australia

85

201-225

Middle East Technical University

Turkey

86

103

University of Arizona

United States

86

90

University of Notre Dame

United States

88

93

University of California, Irvine

United States

88

80

Tufts University

United States

90

85

Ghent University

Belgium

91

132

University of Massachusetts

United States

91

78

University of Pittsburgh

United States

93

80

Emory University

United States

94

117

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

94

92

McMaster University

Canada

96

88

Vanderbilt University

United States

97

97

University of Colorado

United States

98

103

Stockholm University

Sweden

98

87

Technical University of Munich

Germany

98

111

Uppsala University

Sweden

101

98

Maastricht University

Netherlands

102

62

Purdue University

United States

103

100

University of Helsinki

Finland

103

96

Pierre and Marie Curie University

France

103

141

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

103

121

University of Zürich

Switzerland

107

124

University of Geneva

Switzerland

107

114

Queen Mary, University of London

United Kingdom

109

136

University of California, Santa Cruz

United States

109

114

University of New South Wales

Australia

111

117

University of St. Andrews

United Kingdom

111

121

University of Sussex

United Kingdom

113

106

Université de Montréal

Canada

113

201-225

Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

Germany

113

100

University of York

United Kingdom

116

88

Case Western Reserve University

United States

117

98

University of Groningen

Netherlands

118

102

Royal Holloway, University of London

United Kingdom

119

123

Lund University

Sweden

120

114

Université Paris-Sud

France

121

95

University of Rochester

United States

121

112

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom

121

117

Technical University of Denmark

Denmark

124

109

University of Alberta

Canada

124

126

University of Cape Town

South Africa

126

135

Boston College

United States

126

128

University of Florida

United States

126

117

Royal Institute of Technology

Sweden

129

109

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

130

112

University of Virginia

United States

131

137

Lancaster University

United Kingdom

132

157

University of Bern

Switzerland

132

108

University of Maryland, College Park

United States

132

146

University of Southampton

United Kingdom

135

251-275

Dresden University of Technology

Germany

136

132

University of Lausanne

Switzerland

136

144

VU University Amsterdam

Netherlands

138

129

Trinity College Dublin

Ireland

139

199

Boğaziçi University

Turkey

140

131

Radboud University Nijmegen

Netherlands

141

139

Colorado School of Mines

United States

141

159

Texas A&M University

United States

141

125

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

144

106

Eindhoven University of Technology

Netherlands

144

103

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

United States

146

139

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

147

164

Brandeis University

United States

148

153

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

148

201-225

Sungkyunkwan University

Korea, Republic of

150

148

University of California, Riverside

United States

150

132

Indiana University

United States

152

126

Dartmouth College

United States

153

138

Aarhus University

Denmark

154

148

University of Exeter

United Kingdom

155

142

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

156

129

RWTH Aachen University

Germany

157

169

University of Liverpool

United Kingdom

157

144

Osaka University

Japan

157

168

University of Western Australia

Australia

160

150

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

160

156

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

France

162

143

University of Utah

United States

163

152

University of Freiburg

Germany

164

201-225

University of Adelaide

Australia

165

201-225

Istanbul Technical University

Turkey

165

154

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Germany

165

164

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

165

150

Tohoku University

Japan

169

185

University of Miami

United States

170

164

University of Antwerp

Belgium

171

172

Université Catholique de Louvain

Belgium

171

157

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

173

160

Georgetown University

United States

173

201-225

University of Victoria

Canada

175

164

University of Auckland

New Zealand

175

161

University of Iowa

United States

177

Not ranked

Syracuse University

United States

178

188

University of Aberdeen

United Kingdom

178

155

Joseph Fourier University - Grenoble 1

France

180

174

University of Delaware

United States

180

178

University Paris Diderot - Paris 7

France

182

146

Arizona State University

United States

182

Not ranked

Sabanci University

Turkey

182

170

University of Vienna

Austria

185

184

Northeastern University

United States

186

185

University of Oslo

Norway

186

172

Yeshiva University

United States

188

185

University of Ottawa

Canada

188

178

Stony Brook University

United States

188

199

Tel Aviv University

Israel

191

176

State University of New York Buffalo

United States

192

201-225

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

193

201-225

Fudan University

China

193

183

Iowa State University

United States

195

181

University of Bonn

Germany

196

226-250

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Russian Federation

196

201-225

St George's, University of London

United Kingdom

198

174

University of East Anglia

United Kingdom

199

161

University of Leicester

United Kingdom

200

197

Florida Institute of Technology

United States

200

194

George Washington University

United States

 

 

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California Institute of Technology come 1st in the Times World Rankings 2014-15

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.