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The most international universities benefit from location, but they still make great effort to attract students from abroad, says Christiaan van der Merwe

The best universities in the world may excel overall, but their performance on different measures is variable

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A global ranking featuring 1,000 institutions is a milestone. How did we get here, asks Phil Baty

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Collaborating with industry provides universities with funding but also insight into real-world problems and solutions, says Christiaan van der Merwe

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Research powerhouses find fuel to raise work to new levels in collaborations that cross institutions, industries and disciplines. Linda Nordling writes

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Universities are doing more to discover what students need and how best to deliver it, Linda Nordling finds as she surveys the top of the teaching pillar

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Position in the overall rankings does not capture some of the ways in which many institutions in developing countries shine. Ellie Bothwell reports

World University Rankings results 2018

Two UK institutions lead our ranking of the best universities for the first time in its history, with Oxford holding on to the number one spot for the second year in a row, while Cambridge has risen to second place

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Duncan Ross explains how far THE’s rankings have come – and where they might be going

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Russia’s top universities are being supported to make internationalisation a priority, and the fruits of their efforts are paying off, says Vladimir Filippov

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To consolidate strengths and address shared challenges, top regional institutions have formed the Asian University Alliance, Tsinghua University’s Zhou Zhong explains

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The region must revive the reform spirit of 100 years ago to reverse the loss of talent, say Marcelo Knobel and Andrés Bernasconi

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Good academic leadership that enables universities to stay abreast of societal developments is more vital than ever, says Ole Petter Ottersen

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The Nobel prizewinning physicist and Australian National University vice-chancellor on why his experience running a research team matters more than his Nobel prize

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Cornell is dedicated to truth, free expression and diversity, for only through these can it fulfil its mission to ‘maintain and promote the humane and rational values’ crucial to society, says its president Martha Pollack

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Tan Chorh‑Chuan explains how the National University of Singapore is addressing two key questions posed by the new age of empowerment

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The results of the 2018 THE World University Rankings discussed by the editorial team

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Simon Baker, THE’s data editor, analyses the areas of academic activity that are central to the progress Asian universities are making

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Simon Baker, THE’s data editor, considers three pairs of countries

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Amid growing indifference to the public value of universities, the LSE’s Minouche Shafik suggests four ways to restore confidence and pride in the academy