Times Higher Education

Helping the world’s universities to achieve excellence

Setting the agenda in higher education for five decades

THE is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world. As the company behind the world’s most influential university ranking, and with almost five decades of experience as a source of analysis and insight on higher education, we have unparalleled expertise on the trends underpinning university performance globally. Our data and benchmarking tools are used by many of the world’s most prestigious universities to help them achieve their strategic goals.

The who, what, where, when and why of Times Higher Education


Data and insight

Helping universities improve through performance analysis

THE is the leading provider of higher education data for the world's research-led institutions. Our work with individual clients builds on the foundations of our World University Rankings, which have been adopted as a geo-political indicator as well as an aid to strategic management of institutions and a crucial factor in the study choices made by millions of students around the world.

Our DataPoints suite of tools is designed to provide detailed performance information across all of the core areas of university activity, as well as allowing comparison and benchmarking against other institutions – whether competitors or collaborators – across regions, subjects and other key criteria.

Times Higher Education: our data, our summits, our journalism

The insights derived allow leadership teams to set intelligent strategic goals and enhance their education and research environment. Our data enables comparison across more than 1,300 universities, and we have over 100 institutional subscribers already working with us.

Even if you are not in the rankings our data suite will provide you with insight on how you can think about your institution’s relative performance on a global basis.

For the WUR, THE’s in-house data team now ranks 2,150 institutions worldwide, with one million data points analysed across 2,600 institutions in 93 countries. In 2016, the global media reach of the rankings was almost 700 million.

SDG Impact Dashboard

Powerful data and analytics to support success in sustainability

THE’s SDG Impact Dashboard provides a vital tool for universities’ sustainability work by providing rich data on performance & clear insight into best practice from around the world.  

Now in its second year, universities can track their year-on-year performance in THE’s Impact Rankings across two years of data to help shape and drive successful strategy. 

THE’s SDG Impact Dashboard includes data for over 1,200 universities around the world, across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides links to university policies to help foster best-practices in sustainability.

What our customers think

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For us, understanding where we are in each ranking, why we are where we are, where we are going and then how do we improve is central not just to the governing body but also to the view of our university community about how we become as good as we really can be, and for us, that’s success in the THE World University Rankings.

Sir Steve Smith, vice-chancellor and chief executive, University of Exeter

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THE Consultancy team provide strategic, data-driven guidance to universities and governments globally.  Building on our vast sector expertise and long history, we support our partners to build effective and sustainable strategies aligned to their unique mission. 

Understanding that all organisations are unique, we combine proprietary and primary data to design customised solutions. Our consultancy practice harnesses THE’s strong network in the sector, combining engagement of global stakeholders within our analyses. Offering both short-term and long-term solutions, our expert consultants diagnose areas of strength, and provide evidence-based guidance on implementation of recommendations for improvement.


We work with universities globally to provide solutions that include competitor analysis, stakeholder perceptions analysis, reputation analysis, internationalisation strategy support, strategy evaluation, brand health check and academic network analysis.  We also work with universities to deliver rankings performance analysis and rankings simulation services, and a wide range of evaluation, research, and analytical solutions.  


We engage with governments around the world to support their understanding of the performance of national higher education sector institutions. This can involve analysis of ranking performance across both the World University Rankings and Impact Rankings. We also work at government level advising on the development of institutional programme activity supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and creation of tertiary education classification systems.


Hiring Solutions

Find the talent you need

With millions of professionals using our services, we are uniquely placed to connect you with the best candidates.

We offer an unparalleled pool of highly qualified candidates for universities and other bodies looking to fill key academic and leadership positions. Our jobs events at summits across the world facilitate global talent connecting with institutions.

THE is much more than a jobs board. Every hour of every day we engage with a global network of talented higher education professionals across online, print and mobile.

Our recruitment experts have the knowledge and reach to connect you with your target audience and to attract quality candidates. We will support you every step of the way, helping you choose the right recruitment package for you and ensuring that your campaign showcases the best of your institution.

Our commitment to you is to help you find and attract exceptional candidates, every time.

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Times Higher Education has helped to foster another important dimension of diversity at Harvard: international diversity. The exposure of Harvard’s faculty positions on THEunijobs, since we embarked on our subscription package in October 2015, enhances our outreach efforts to a global community and showcases our institution as a destination of choice for academics around the world. Working with the THE team has also been a pleasure, and has enriched the conversation around international recruitment and retention.

Elizabeth Ancarana, assistant provost for faculty development and diversity, Harvard University

THE Events

Convening power 

THE’s prestigious World Summits Series is the essential forum in higher education, attracting global leaders and influencers from across academia, governments and industry.  

Our agenda-setting events enable leaders to meet, access new data, share experience, and shape the future of international higher education governance and innovation.

Network, learn, explore, challenge

Facilitating unrivalled thought, discussion and debate, they offer a unique and diverse space to dig deep into key issues, network, learn, innovate - and explore new collaborations.

We host summits throughout the year, including our flagship World Academic Summit - alongside our forums, masterclasses and roundtables. All summits are moderated by our senior journalists, with conversations reported back to our global audience.

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One of the intellectually most stimulating conferences I’ve been to This summit is creating a vehicle for a governance-like discussion.

Mitchell Stevens, Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning, Stanford University


Present yourself to the global higher education community, your way

With five decades experience in the sector, THE has a unique understanding of the challenges facing higher education and the needs of those working within it. Our multi-channel platform gives you the widest possible reach across THE’s diffuse global audience:

  • In print, the weekly magazine and supplements
  • Through the THE and rankings websites
  • At our global summits and awards ceremonies

Whether you are looking to raise your profile with researchers or students, we can build the right campaign for you, and get your message in front of more than 380,000 weekly readers of the magazine, and 24 million visitors use the website every year for news, analysis, rankings, jobs and data.


Institutional Subscriptions

Introducing institutional access to THE intelligence, insight, rankings & data

As the voice of global higher education, THE is an invaluable daily resource for all your staff and students. Whether it's agenda-setting news and analysis, commentary from the sharpest minds in academia from the around the world, our influential university rankings, or the latest insights from our World Summit Series, everything we do is focused on helping you and your institution to excel.

You can now ensure that all your staff and students benefit from reading THE with an institution-wide digital licence. Users simply register or log in using their university or college email address to enjoy unrestricted access to all THE content, both on our website and via our app. Daily global content, regular newsletter updates and special subscriber-only content will also come as part of this pack that will provide unique insights into the world of higher education.

Pricing is based on the number of academic staff and postgraduate students at your institution.

Join us and our rapidly growing network of institutions who benefit from the most comprehensive coverage of global higher education.

To find out more, simply click on the button below and send us your details - we'll get in touch to discuss your institution's needs.

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Our Times Higher Education subscription delivers demonstrable value to both staff and students. Given the turbulent HE environment our main stakeholders are understandably interested in understanding both current changes and the direction of future travel and the mixture of expert analysis, informed opinion and sector intelligence enables them to develop a clearer picture. This can help to inform both student choice and University strategy.

University of Sheffield