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. It asks scholars to name no more than 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field.

The 2020 ranking has been expanded to include 200 universities, up from 100 in previous years, making it THE’s most comprehensive assessment of global university prestige to date.

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Harvard University tops the ranking for the 10th consecutive year and the US remains the most represented country, with 60 institutions.

The rest of the top 10 is the same as last year, with the exception of one new entry in 10th place – the University of Tokyo. The Japanese institution rises one place to overtake the University of Chicago, which drops to 12th.

The UK still has the second highest number of representatives in the ranking (25) and is led by the University of Cambridge at fourth.

However, Germany is now third in the country roll call, up from fifth last year, with 14 institutions, thanks to the expansion of the table. It is led by LMU Munich in joint 42nd place. Australia, which is still the third most represented country in the top 100, drops down to joint ninth overall.

Elsewhere, ETH Zurich cements its place in the top 20, climbing three places to 17th, while National Taiwan University, the University of Manchester and Sorbonne University rise to join the top 50.

Overall, universities in 30 nations are included in the ranking, up from 19 last year.

Read our analysis of the World Reputation Rankings 2020 results

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