World University Rankings

THE (Times Higher Education) has been providing trusted performance data on universities for students and their families, university academics, university leaders, governments and industry, since 2004.

Our flagship analysis, the THE World University Rankings, is the definitive list of the top universities globally, including more than 1,250 institutions across 86 countries in 2019. It is the only global university league table to judge research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer). It uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, and all data is independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making the THE World University Rankings the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature. The methodology is here.

Under the THE World University Rankings umbrella, and using the same range of performance metrics, THE also publishes a series of highly regarded regional and thematic rankings, including the THE Asia University Rankings, the THE Latin America University Rankings and the THE Young University Rankings. We also use this data, combined with an annual Academic Reputation Survey of 10,000 scholars around the world, to produce the THE World Reputation Rankings which looks at the world’s top universities based purely on their academic prestige.

The THE World University Rankings portfolio is completed with a suite of eleven separate detailed subject rankings. The THE World University Rankings by subject include: engineering; computer science; business and economics; life sciences; clinical and health; psychology; law; education; physical science; social science; and arts and humanities. To find out how your institution could participate in the THE World University Rankings, please email: profilerankings@timeshighereducation.com

Rankings of teaching excellence

In addition to the 16-year-old THE World University Rankings, THE has also developed international university rankings based purely on teaching and learning, which put student engagement and student success at their heart. This includes the WSJ/THE College Rankings, focused on US universities and colleges and the THE Japan University Rankings. Both rankings employ a major survey of student engagement - putting student voices at the forefront of the ranking - and seek to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families: How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job? Does the college have plenty of resources to teach me properly? Will I be engaged and stretched in the classroom and get good access to my teachers? Is there a diverse campus community? 

Impact

Impact Rankings

Impact Rankings 2020

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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World

World rankings

World University Rankings 2021

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 include more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings

World Reputation Rankings 2020

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2020 are based on the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics.

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Institutions across the globe provide us with information that we scrutinise rigorously to construct the World University Rankings. Here we explain how we assess data on more than 1,500 institutions to produce the tables

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Subject Teaching

Teaching Rankings

Japan University Rankings 2020

The Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2020 are designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives – who to trust with their educat

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Regional

Regional Rankings

Asia University Rankings 2020

The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2020 use the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, but they are recalibrated to reflect the attr

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