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THE World University Rankings 2017–18: ground-breaking insights!

Two UK universities are in the top ten. Asian universities have moved to the top as well – a study based on several performance indicators.

Doodle Nandi
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THE world university rankings 2018

This year a total of 1k universities from 77 countries were ranked by the THE. Universities in the USA although continue to be in the top 200, China has shown massive improvements and two of its institutions have made it to the top 30.

As per the data from the ‘THE World University Rankings 2018’ released on 5th Sept’17, two UK universities have made it to the top. The University of Oxford appeared as the #1; yet once again. And the University of Cambridge performed outstandingly, moving on to the #2 position, outranking Caltech and Stanford.

Check the university rankings of 2016–17. 

One possible reason for the spurt in Cambridge’s ranking is owing to their research income and research quality that have significantly improved.

To be judged the best university in the world for the second successive year, against a backdrop in which Britain’s role in the world is uncertain and the place of universities in society open to question, will be a great source of pride for everyone at Oxford, and, I hope, for the whole country,” said Louise Richardson, Oxford’s vice-chancellor.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Cambridge’s vice-chancellor, said that the result confirms that the university is among a small group of the most respected higher education institutions globally.

Besides the UK and US universities,  a number of institutions from Asia have made it to the list owing to their commitment towards investing in higher education. Peking University has risen to #27, outranking Karolinska Institute. Tsinghua University has climbed five places to #30, outranking the University of Melbourne, Georgia Institute of Technology, LMU Munich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. One of the all-time-popular university NUS has risen two places to #22, outranking Carnegie Mellon University.

The University of Pennsylvania ranks #10; yet another major advancement. The University of California, San Diego has made a steep jump to #31, and the primary reason behind this is an increase in all three metrics – reputation, income and output.  The University of Sydney, Australia continues to hold its mark (current #61 compared with #60 in 2016-17), and Canadian universities like Mc master ranks # 78 now compared with #113 in 2016-17.

You can see the full report of THE. 

Research income per academic staff received by Oxford and Cambridge were higher when compared with that of Caltech; a reason why Caltech went down in ranking.

The University of Amsterdam has made a big move – #59. The main reason could be an increase in research income, publication output and citations since last year.

Indian universities – where art thee?

There is a growing debate as to where and why the leading Indian universities are losing the ground and missing out from the list of global rankings. “As leading universities in other Asian territories such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore are consistently rising up the rankings, in part thanks to high and sustained levels of funding, India’s flagship the Indian Institute of Science moves further away from the elite top 200,” said Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings of THE.

So, this year a total of 1k universities from 77 countries were ranked by the THE. Universities in the USA although continue to be in the top 200, China has shown massive improvements and two of its institutions have made it to the top 30 for the first time ever besides UK leading the numbers.

Source: THE rankings. 

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