The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 have been released, showing the US continuing to dominate the top positions and gains for China and institutions producing Covid-19 medical research.
The University of Oxford retained its number one position in the THE World University Rankings 2022, followed by California Institute of Technology and Harvard University in joint second, Stanford University and the University of Cambridge.
The US again dominated the upper tier of the rankings with eight institutions within the top 10 and 14 of the top 20 universities.
The highest ranked institution not from either the US or the UK is ETH Zurich in Switzerland at 15.
THE World University Rankings – The Top 200
The US had comfortably the largest proportion of institutions within the Top 200 with 57 – a slight decrease compared with 59 in the previous year – followed by the UK with 28, one less than in the 2021 rankings.
Germany had the third highest total of institutions in the top 200 with 22, followed by Australia (12), China and the Netherlands (both 10).
This year was the first occasion that China has registered 10 institutions in the top 200, and had two universities within the top 20 for the first time: Peking University and Tsinghua University at joint 16th.
Institutions from Canada (seven), Switzerland (seven), France (five), Hong Kong (five) and Sweden (five) were also well represented in the Top 200.
THE said that from 2018 to 2022, institutions in Malaysia have achieved the greatest average increase in international outlook score, followed by those in Russia, the Netherlands, Taiwan and Pakistan.
In its analysis of the results, THE said that the publication of medical science research related to Covid-19 had an impact on the standings, and that 19 institutions that published medical papers related to the virus saw a notable rise compared with the previous year.
The methodology for the THE World University Rankings attributes 30 per cent to teaching; 30 per cent to research (including volume, income and reputation); 30 per cent for research citations; 7.5 per cent to international outlook, including the proportion of international students and staff; and 2.5 per cent for industry income.
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