The 10 most popular World University Rankings stories of 2016

A look at the most-read THE university rankings articles from the past 12 months

December 19, 2016
THE World University Rankings 2016-2017 methodology illustration
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The past 12 months have seen Times Higher Education publish an impressive range of university rankings – not only its highly respected World University Rankings, published in September, but also a number of domestic and regional league tables based on its huge library of global higher education data.

The 10 articles below relate to the most popular rankings of the year, based on website traffic. In most cases, the tables were devised, compiled and published by THE. The exceptions are the Global Employability Ranking, which is based on a survey designed by French human resources company Emerging, and the WSJ/THE College Ranking, which is published in partnership with The Wall Street Journal

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10. The 2017 Table of Tables
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Our “Table of Tables” is based on the combined results of the UK’s three main domestic university rankings. Loughborough University was the biggest riser in this year’s results.


9. The THE BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings
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India and China were the main winners in the 2017 list of the best universities in emerging economies. Russia’s performance was more mixed.


8. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

Some surprising results from the inaugural WSJ/THE College Rankings. When it comes to student engagement, US institutions in the research elite typically have a lot of ground to make up.


7. The 2016-2017 THE World University Rankings by subject

Our eight subject rankings for 2016-17 revealed an elite group of 14 US and European universities thriving across disciplines.


6. The 2016 Global University Employability Ranking
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What are the 150 best universities for delivering work-ready graduates? Well, we asked thousands of employers, and these are the institutions they picked.


5. The Latin America University Rankings 2016
Latin America University Rankings 2016 methodology

Brazil leads in the first ever THE ranking of the top universities in Latin America (Chile wasn’t too far behind).


4. The 150 Under 50 Rankings 2016
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The best young universities in the world are revealed in our ranking of the top 150 institutions under 50 years old. A Swiss college takes top spot. 


3. The 2016 Asia University Rankings
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Singapore is home to the best two universities in Asia this year, while China and Japan have the highest density of top institutions.


2. The THE World Reputation Rankings 2016
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Asia has increased its share of institutions in a global ranking of the world’s most prestigious universities, as voted for by academics.


1. The 2016-17 THE World University Rankings results
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No surprises here. The most popular ranking of 2016 was the publication of the latest THE World University Rankings results. Some surprises in the results themselves, however, with Oxford taking the number one spot for the first time. 

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