The world’s top 30 universities for teaching

January 1, 1990

World’s top 30 universities for teaching (World University Rankings)

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings use 13 separate performance indicators to judge world class universities against all their core missions, including research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But uniquely among global rankings, the THE rankings also examine a university’s teaching environment.

The rankings employ five separate indicators to cover teaching, which are collectively given a weight of 30 per cent towards the overall ranking score.

The indicators are designed to provide a clear sense of the teaching and learning environment of each institution from both the student and the academic perspective, and they include a faculty-student ratio, an institution’s total resources scaled for its size, the doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio and the results of the world’s largest invitation-only survey of global academic opinion. You can read the full methodology here.

Below we list the world’s top 30 universities based on their scores under our teaching category. You can view the teaching scores for all 400 universities in the THE World University Rankings 2013-2014 by clicking on the 'Change criteria' icon on the main rankings table and selecting 'Teaching – the learning environment'.

Teaching
rank

World rank

Institution

Country

Teaching
score

1

2

Harvard University

United States

95.3

2

4

Stanford University

United States

94.7

3

1

California Institute of Technology

United States

94.4

4

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

92.9

5

7

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

90.6

6

6

Princeton University

United States

89.9

7

11

Yale University

United States

89.5

8

2

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

89.0

9

13

Columbia University

United States

86.6

10

9

University of Chicago

United States

85.6

11

12

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

84.8

12

23

University of Tokyo

Japan

84.7

13

10

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

84.5

14

8

University of California, Berkeley

United States

83.2

15

16

University of Pennsylvania

United States

79.8

16

14

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

Switzerland

77.6

17

44

Seoul National University

Republic of Korea

76.4

18

15

Johns Hopkins University

United States

75.7

19

17

Duke University

United States

73.9

20

20

University of Toronto

Canada

73.6

21

45

Peking University

China

72.3

22

19

Cornell University

United States

72.1

23

21

University College London

United Kingdom

70.5

24

22

Northwestern University

United States

70.2

25

18

University of Michigan

United States

70.0

26

30

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

69.8

27

52

Kyoto University

Japan

69.5

28

26

National University of Singapore

Singapore

68.0

29

50

Tsinghua University

China

66.8

30

29

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

United States

66.0


View the full World University Rankings 2013-2014 results

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