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World University Rank 2022 World University Rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
=2 4 California Institute of Technology United States
=2 3 Harvard University United States
4 2 Stanford University United States
=5 6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
=5 5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
7 9 Princeton University United States
8 7 University of California, Berkeley United States
9 8 Yale University United States
10 10 The University of Chicago United States

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, released on 2 September 2021, has revealed the world’s top universities. 

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A UK institution, the University of Oxford, has taken the top spot for the sixth year running. The California Institute of Technology and Harvard University are in joint second position. 

In total, 99 countries or regions are represented in the ranking and 27 of these have at least one university in the top 200.  A further 452 universities are listed with “reporter” status, meaning that they provided data but did not meet our eligibility criteria to receive a rank.


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Both in terms of the overall ranking and the highest positions, the US and the UK are well represented. Japan and China are among the best represented countries in the ranking but they fall behind other nations, such as Germany, Australia and the Netherlands, for universities in the top 200.

The results are calculated using 13 performance indicators underlying five metrics: research, teaching, research influence, industry income and international outlook. The full methodology can be found here.


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=5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

- The first architecture classes in the US were taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- MIT is organised into six separate schools: architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts and social sciences; management; science; and computing.

The university was founded in the mid-19th century and has always endeavoured to provide financial aid to students on a needs basis.

The campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, includes 18 student residences, many gardens and public works of art.

Admission to the university is extremely selective. The university lays claim to 85 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science winners, 29 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners and 45 MacArthur Fellows. Among its alumni is Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations.

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=5. University of Cambridge

- The University of Cambridge climbs back into the top five this year, going up one place from last year’s number six.
- In total, 92 affiliates of the university have been awarded Nobel Prizes, covering every category. 

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research institution. Its 800-year history makes it the fourth oldest university in the world and the second oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The university is split into 31 colleges, where students receive small group teaching sessions known as supervisions. 

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4. Stanford University

- Many students go on to achieve great things; 17 Nobel laureates are affiliated with Stanford University.
- There are just under 7,000 undergraduates and 9,000 postgraduates at the university, with a 7:4 student-to-staff ratio.

Stanford University has produced many entrepreneurs and start-ups and was partly responsible for the development of the surrounding Silicon Valley.

The large campus is home to 97 per cent of undergraduates and nearly 700 university buildings, museums, gardens and recreational centres.

Research at Stanford has a $1.22 billion budget and more than 5,000 of the projects are externally funded.

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=2. California Institute of Technology

- The California Institute of Technology has a high staff-to-student ratio.
- The institution was founded as Throop University in 1891 and assumed its current name in 1920.

One of the most striking features of the California Institute of Technology or Caltech is its small size; only about 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 postgraduates are enrolled there.

Caltech has six academic divisions with a strong emphasis on science and technology teaching and research. The university has a competitive admissions process ensuring that only a small number of the most gifted students are admitted.

Caltech’s mascot is a beaver, “nature’s engineer”.

Among the unusual features of the institution are the customary cookie break taken every Thursday by physicists and their students, and the university’s status as a distributor of olive oil.

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=2. Harvard University

- Established in 1636, Harvard University the oldest university in the US. 
- It is part of the Ivy League, a group of eight highly regarded private universities in the US. 

Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The institution is connected to more than 45 Nobel laureates, at least 30 heads of state and 48 Pulitzer prizewinners. Thirteen US presidents have honorary degrees from the institution; the most recent of these was awarded to John F. Kennedy in 1956.

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1. University of Oxford

- One of the most prestigious universities in the UK has come out on top for the sixth consecutive year.
- The University of Oxford is the UK’s oldest university and one of the best known in the world.

There are more than 20,000 students at Oxford, with a roughly equal number of undergraduates and postgraduates.

Admission is extremely competitive; on average the university receives five applications for every place. 

The university employs staff from just under 100 countries and foreign citizens make up about 40 per cent of the student and academic body.

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World University Rank 2022 World University Rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
=2 4 California Institute of Technology United States
=2 3 Harvard University United States
4 2 Stanford University United States
=5 6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
=5 5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
7 9 Princeton University United States
8 7 University of California, Berkeley United States
9 8 Yale University United States
10 10 The University of Chicago United States
11 17 Columbia University United States
12 11 Imperial College London United Kingdom
=13 12 Johns Hopkins University United States
=13 13 University of Pennsylvania United States
15 14 ETH Zurich Switzerland
=16 23 Peking University China
=16 =20 Tsinghua University China
=18 18 University of Toronto Canada
=18 16 UCL United Kingdom
20 15 University of California, Los Angeles United States
21 25 National University of Singapore Singapore
22 19 Cornell University United States
23 =20 Duke University United States
=24 22 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
=24 24 Northwestern University United States
26 26 New York University United States
27 27 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
28 28 Carnegie Mellon University United States
29 29 University of Washington United States
=30 30 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
=30 39 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
32 32 LMU Munich Germany
33 31 University of Melbourne Australia
34 33 University of California, San Diego United States
=35 35 King’s College London United Kingdom
=35 =36 The University of Tokyo Japan
37 34 University of British Columbia Canada
38 41 Technical University of Munich Germany
39 =36 Karolinska Institute Sweden
=40 43 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
=40 46 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
=42 42 Heidelberg University Germany
=42 45 KU Leuven Belgium
44 40 McGill University Canada
45 38 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
46 47 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
47 44 University of Texas at Austin United States
48 48 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
49 =56 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
50 =51 University of Manchester United Kingdom
51 50 Washington University in St Louis United States
52 =56 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
53 =62 Wageningen University & Research Netherlands
=54 59 Australian National University Australia
=54 =62 The University of Queensland Australia
=54 60 Seoul National University South Korea
57 =64 Monash University Australia
=58 =51 University of Sydney Australia
=58 49 University of Wisconsin -Madison United States
60 =70 Fudan University China
61 =54 Kyoto University Japan
62 =54 Boston University United States
63 53 University of Southern California United States
64 61 Brown University United States
65 66 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
66 =56 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
67 =64 University of California, Davis United States
68 68 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
69 =75 Utrecht University Netherlands
70 67 UNSW Sydney Australia
71 =70 Leiden University Netherlands
72 72 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
73 =75 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Germany
74 =80 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
=75 =78 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
=75 =94 Zhejiang University China
=75 =73 University of Zurich Switzerland
=78 =78 University of Tübingen Germany
=78 77 University of Warwick United Kingdom
=80 =80 University of Groningen Netherlands
=80 69 McMaster University Canada
82 =85 Emory University United States
83 =118 Free University of Berlin Germany
84 100 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
85 =80 Ohio State University (Main campus) United States
=86 =92 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
=86 =85 University of Minnesota United States
=88 =73 University of Montreal Canada
=88 =87 University of Science and Technology of China China
=88 =87 Sorbonne University France
91 129 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
92 91 University of Bristol United Kingdom
=93 90 University of Maryland, College Park United States
=93 105 Michigan State University United States
95 NR Institut Polytechnique de Paris France
=96 84 University of Copenhagen Denmark
=96 =103 Ghent University Belgium
98 =98 University of California, Irvine United States
=99 =101 Dartmouth College United States
=99 96 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
=101 109 University of Bern Switzerland
=101 =98 University of Helsinki Finland
103 =92 University of Basel Switzerland
104 106 Aarhus University Denmark
=105 =107 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
=105 =111 Nanjing University China
=105 =94 Purdue University West Lafayette United States
=108 83 University of Freiburg Germany
=108 =107 RWTH Aachen University Germany
110 =121 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
111 =118 University of Adelaide Australia
112 =114 University of Bonn Germany
=113 97 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
=113 =111 Vanderbilt University United States
115 116 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
116 =103 Lund University Sweden
=117 NR Université Paris-Saclay France
=117 110 Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
=119 130 University of Göttingen Germany
=119 =127 University of Oslo Norway
=119 =114 Penn State (Main campus) United States
=122 =136 Lancaster University United Kingdom
=122 =101 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
124 =127 University of Southampton United Kingdom
125 =131 University of Alberta Canada
126 =121 Case Western Reserve University United States
=127 =160 University of Leeds United Kingdom
=127 =121 Maastricht University Netherlands
=127 117 University of Virginia (Main campus) United States
130 120 Georgetown University United States
131 =111 Uppsala University Sweden
=132 =184 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
=132 135 University of Hamburg Germany
=132 =136 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
=132 139 The University of Western Australia Australia
136 =124 Rice University United States
=137 =147 University of Auckland New Zealand
=137 =164 University of Vienna Austria
139 =140 Technical University of Berlin Germany
140 =133 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus United States
141 =158 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
142 =147 University of Rochester United States
=143 =170 University of Antwerp Belgium
=143 =174 University of Exeter United Kingdom
=143 =160 University of Technology Sydney Australia
=146 =140 University of Mannheim Germany
=146 =178 Newcastle University United Kingdom
=146 =155 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
=146 =140 Ulm University Germany
150 =124 University of Arizona United States
=151 126 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
=151 =160 University of Sussex United Kingdom
=151 =187 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea
154 =152 University of Florida United States
155 =136 Université de Paris France
156 =152 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
157 301–350 Wuhan University China
=158 =178 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
=158 =131 University of Colorado Boulder United States
=158 =174 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
=158 =164 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
=162 =149 Durham University United Kingdom
=162 =145 University of Ottawa Canada
=162 251–300 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China
165 =140 University of Würzburg Germany
166 =158 Bielefeld University Germany
167 =140 Indiana University United States
168 =176 Northeastern University United States
169 =133 University of York United Kingdom
=170 182 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
=170 =184 University of Canberra Australia
=172 =167 University of Bologna Italy
=172 =145 University of Cologne Germany
=172 =152 TU Dresden Germany
=172 =155 Tufts University United States
=176 =191 University of Lausanne Switzerland
=176 183 Stockholm University Sweden
=178 163 University of Liverpool United Kingdom
=178 =176 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) South Korea
180 201–250 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
181 301–350 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
182 =200 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
=183 =155 University of Cape Town South Africa
=183 =170 University of Notre Dame United States
=185 =191 University of Gothenburg Sweden
=185 =170 University of Leicester United Kingdom
=185 151 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
=185 =187 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
189 =191 Cardiff University United Kingdom
=190 201–250 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
=190 166 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
192 =195 Macquarie University Australia
=193 =198 University of Barcelona Spain
=193 186 Queensland University of Technology Australia
=193 197 Texas A&M University United States
196 201–250 Medical University of Graz Austria
=197 =198 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
=197 =149 University of Geneva Switzerland
=197 201–250 University of Hohenheim Germany
=197 201–250 Sapienza University of Rome Italy
=197 181 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
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