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London cements its place as the world’s leading academic city this year, with four universities in the top 30 of prestigious ranking

Mayor Boris Johnson today said London was the ‘global leader in education’ after a new study revealed the city has more world class universities than any other city in the world.

For the first time ever, London has four universities – Imperial College London, University College London, London School of Economics and Kings College London - in the top 30 of The Times Higher World University Rankings 2015.

Mayor Mr Johnson, said: “I'm incredibly proud that four of London's universities are in the top thirty world-wide according to this survey. The capital continues to be the global leader in education, innovating and inspiring top talent from both across the country and overseas."

London has a total of nine universities in the top 250 of the rankings with Queen Mary University of London moving into the top 100.   The rankings also found that UK institutions have the second highest proportion of international students among the top 200.

The Times Higher said: “London has confirmed its place as the world’s leading academic city this year, with four universities in the top 30 for the first time.

LSE has climbed 11 places up to 23rd in the world. Commenting on the School’s performance, Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: “This is excellent news for LSE and reflects the School’s position as a global leader in social science.

“LSE was founded 120 years ago to address the major issues of  the day with a focus on innovation and practical relevance, both in our research and our teaching. I am proud to say that this mission is every bit as relevant in 2015 and I would like to thank the School’s staff and our students for contributing to this outstanding result.”

The UK has 78 institutions in the World University Rankings top 800 this year and 34 institutions in the top 200. It is second only to the US for the number of world-class universities featured in the top 800. In the top ten, the University of Oxford is in second place, followed by the University of Cambridge in fourth and Imperial College London in eighth. According to the rankings Caltech is the number one university in the world.

THE World University Rankings are partly based on publication and citation data from Elsevier’s Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and include analytics from SciVal, Elsevier’s tool to calculate comparative research metrics.

The ranking features universities in 70 countries, with 29 new countries included this year. Countries entering this year include Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Latvia, Oman, Qatar and the Ukraine.

THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2015-16 – FULL TOP 200

Copyright Times Higher Education 2015

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Rank 2015-16

Institution

Country

1

California Institute of Technology

US

2

University of Oxford

UK

3

Stanford University

US

4

University of Cambridge

UK

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

US

6

Harvard University

US

7

Princeton University

US

8

Imperial College London

UK

9

ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Switzerland

10

University of Chicago

US

11

Johns Hopkins University

US

12

Yale University

US

13

University of California, Berkeley

US

14

University College London

UK

15

Columbia University

US

16

University of California, Los Angeles

US

17

University of Pennsylvania

US

18

Cornell University

US

19

University of Toronto

Canada

20

Duke University

US

21

University of Michigan

US

22

Carnegie Mellon University

US

23

London School of Economics and Political Science

UK

24

University of Edinburgh

UK

25

Northwestern University

US

26

National University of Singapore

Singapore

27

King’s College London

UK

28

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

29

LMU Munich

Germany

30

New York University

US

31

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

32

University of Washington

US

33

University of Melbourne

Australia

34

University of British Columbia

Canada

35

KU Leuven

Belgium

36

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

US

37

Heidelberg University

Germany

38

McGill University

Canada

39

University of California, San Diego

US

39

University of California, Santa Barbara

US

41

Georgia Institute of Technology

US

42

Peking University

China

43

University of Tokyo

Japan

44

University of California, Davis

US

44

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

46

University of Texas at Austin

US

47

Tsinghua University

China

47

Wageningen University and Research Center

Netherlands

49

Humboldt University of Berlin

Germany

50

University of Wisconsin-Madison

US

51

Brown University

US

52

Australian National University

Australia

53

Technical University of Munich

Germany

54

École Normale Supérieure

France

55

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

56

University of Manchester

UK

56

University of Sydney

Australia

58

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

59

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

60

University of Queensland

Australia

60

Washington University in St Louis

US

62

Utrecht University

Netherlands

63

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

US

64

Boston University

US

65

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

65

University of Minnesota

US

67

Leiden University

Netherlands

68

University of Southern California

US

69

University of Bristol

UK

70

Durham University

UK

71

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

72

Free University of Berlin

Germany

73

Monash University

Australia

74

University of Groningen

Netherlands

75

Pennsylvania State University

US

76

University of Glasgow

UK

76

University of Helsinki

Finland

78

University of Tübingen

Germany

79

University of Pittsburgh

US

80

University of Warwick

UK

81

Uppsala University

Sweden

82

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

82

University of New South Wales

Australia

84

University of Freiburg

Germany

85

Seoul National University

Korea, Republic of

86

University of St Andrews

UK

87

Vanderbilt University

US

88

Kyoto University

Japan

88

Maastricht University

Netherlands

90

Emory University

US

90

Lund University

Sweden

90

Ohio State University

US

93

University of Exeter

UK

94

University of Bonn

Germany

94

Georgetown University

US

94

McMaster University

Canada

97

University of Sheffield

UK

98

Queen Mary University of London

UK

99

University of Göttingen

Germany

99

Michigan State University

US

101

University of Basel

Switzerland

101

École Polytechnique

France

101

Rice University

US

104

Dartmouth College

US

104

University of Zurich

Switzerland

106

University of California, Irvine

US

106

University of Mannheim

Germany

108

University of Notre Dame

US

109

University of Western Australia

Australia

110

RWTH Aachen University

Germany

110

University of Southampton

UK

112

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Italy

113

University of Montreal

Canada

113

Pierre and Marie Curie University

France

113

Purdue University

US

116

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Korea, Republic of

117

University of Maryland, College Park

US

118

Ghent University

Belgium

119

University of Birmingham

UK

120

University of Bern

Switzerland

120

University of Cape Town

South Africa

120

University of Florida

US

123

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Germany

123

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

US

125

University of Münster

Germany

125

Radboud University Nijmegen

Netherlands

127

University of Colorado Boulder

US

127

Tufts University

US

129

Royal Holloway, University of London

UK

130

Lancaster University

UK

131

University of Geneva

Switzerland

131

University of York

UK

133

Case Western Reserve University

US

133

University of Leeds

UK

135

University of Oslo

Norway

136

Stockholm University

Sweden

137

University of Alberta

Canada

138

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

138

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Germany

140

University of Sussex

UK

141

University of Massachusetts

US

142

University of Vienna

Austria

143

University of Nottingham

UK

144

University of California, Santa Cruz

US

144

University of Lausanne

Switzerland

146

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Spain

147

University of Virginia

US

148

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Korea, Republic of

149

Aarhus University

Denmark

149

University of Adelaide

Australia

149

University of East Anglia

UK

149

University of Twente

Netherlands

153

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

Korea, Republic of

154

VU University Amsterdam

Netherlands

155

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sweden

156

University of Cologne

Germany

157

University of Liverpool

UK

158

Dresden University of Technology

Germany

158

University of Rochester

US

160

Trinity College Dublin

Ireland

161

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Russian Federation

161

University of Miami

US

163

University of Arizona

US

164

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

164

University of Reading

UK

164

Yeshiva University

US

167

University of California, Riverside

US

167

University of Leicester

UK

167

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

167

Technical University of Denmark

Denmark

167

Université Catholique de Louvain

Belgium

172

University of Aberdeen

UK

172

University of Auckland

New Zealand

174

University of Barcelona

Spain

175

University of Konstanz

Germany

176

Eindhoven University of Technology

Netherlands

176

University College Dublin

Ireland

178

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

179

University of Waterloo

Canada

180

University of Gothenburg

Sweden

180

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Italy

182

University of Bergen

Norway

182

Cardiff University

UK

182

University of Utah

US

185

Brandeis University

US

185

University of Dundee

UK

185

University of Würzburg

Germany

188

Paris-Sud University

France

189

Arizona State University

US

190

University of Antwerp

Belgium

190

Boston College

US

192

Ulm University

Germany

193

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg

193

Texas A&M University

US

195

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Germany

196

Newcastle University

UK

196

St George’s, University of London

UK

198

University of Trento

Italy

199

Paris Diderot University – Paris 7

France

200

Queen’s University Belfast

UK

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Methodology key facts

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16 draw upon:

●     800 universities ranked, up from 400 from last year, with 70 countries included (29 more than in 2014)

●     Thirteen performance indicators make these the ONLY world rankings to examine ALL the core missions of the modern global university – research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity

●     The world’s largest invitation-only academic reputation survey (including responses from more than 10,000 senior academics in 2014-15)

●     Research excellence assessed through the examination of more than 11 million research papers (up from six million last year) with 51 million citations (up from 50 million last year)

●     Arts, humanities and social sciences placed on an equal footing with science

The indicators are:

Industry income – innovation

1.         Research income from industry/academic staff

Teaching – the learning environment

2.         Reputation survey – teaching

3.         Staff-to-student ratio

4.         PhDs/undergraduate degrees awarded

5.         PhDs awarded/academic staff

6.         Institutional income/academic staff

Citations – research influence

7.         Citation impact (normalised average citations per paper)

Research – volume, income and reputation

8.         Reputation survey – research

9.         Research income/academic staff

10.   Scholarly papers/academic staff and research staff

International outlook – staff, students and research

11.   International students/total students

12.   International academic staff/total academic staff

13.   Scholarly papers with one or more international co-authors/total scholarly papers

Terminology and intellectual property

●     The full title of the tables is “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16”

●     This edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings marks the first time that core institutional and reputational information has been gathered in-house by THE’s new dedicated team of data experts. This has allowed THE to publish data on more institutions than ever before. Bringing the data in-house means that THE can develop more sophisticated analyses: for example, tables that focus on particular regions with bespoke metrics

●          This is supplemented by extended research publication data drawn from Elsevier’s Scopus database, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic literature

●          This updated approach enables THE to analyse a deeper range of research activity from a wider range of institutions than ever before, including those institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing proportion of the world’s research output

●     There are caveats. While the tried, trusted and comprehensive combination of 13 performance indicators remains in place, with some carefully calibrated weightings, naturally there is a degree of volatility compared with last year because of the improvements that have been made. This has led to significant changes in some institutions’ positions that cannot be attributed solely to performance. This is why last year’s results have not been shown alongside this year’s results, as direct comparisons cannot be made

●     Research publication data are supplied by Elsevier from its Scopus database.http://www.elsevier.com/solutions/scopus

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