THE (Times Higher Education) has been providing trusted performance data on universities for students and their families, academics, university leaders, governments and industry, since 2004. We create university rankings to assess university performance on the global stage and to provide a resource for readers to understand the different missions and successes of higher education institutions.
Our rankings cover the three main areas of university activity: research, impact and teaching.
The THE World University Rankings provide the definitive list of the world’s best universities, with an emphasis on the research mission. It is the only global university league table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer) and international outlook (staff, students and research). It uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons. The overall list is accompanied by 11 subject-specific rankings.
Teaching (the learning environment) – 30% · Reputation survey: 15% · Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5% · Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ration: 2.25% · Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio: 6% · Institutional income: 2.25%
Research (volume, income and reputation) – 30% · Reputation survey: 18% · Research income: 6% · Research productivity: 6%
Citations (research influence) – 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) – 7.5% · Proportion of international students: 2.5% · Proportion of international staff: 2.5% · International collaboration: 2.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) – 2.5%