Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
Published annually by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings is globally recognised and one of the go-to ranking providers for quality assessment of institutions all over the world.
Its ranking methodology is based on 13 calibrated performance indicators, categorised within five areas: Teaching (the learning environment), Research (volume, income and reputation), Citations (research influence), International Outlook (staff, students and research) and Industry Income (knowledge transfer).
Each indicator contributes a percentage towards an institution’s final score.
• Reputation survey: 15%
• Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5%
• Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio: 2.25%
• Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio: 6%
• Institutional income: 2.25%
This performance indicator studies the perceived prestige of institutions in teaching, gleaned from the Academic Reputation Survey. It provides a sense of how much effort goes into nurturing the next generation of academics, with responses representative of the global academy’s statistical geographical and subject mix.
• Reputation survey: 18%
• Research income: 6%
• Research productivity: 6%
The research metric focuses on an institution’s reputation for research excellence, with responses taken from the Academic Reputation Survey. THE rankings also note that the research income is scaled against academic staff numbers and adjusted for purchasing-power parity (PPP). With regards to quantifying productivity, THE totals the number of publications within the Elsevier’s Scopus database, which provides a sense of the institution’s ability to have published papers in quality peer-reviewed journals.
This particular indicator measures the role of a university in spreading new knowledge and ideas. THE calculates it by quantifying the number of times an institution’s work is cited by scholars globally. This year, the ranking provider’s bibliometric data supplier Elsevier examined 77.4 million citations to 12.8 million journal articles, article reviews, conference proceedings and books over a span of five years.
International Outlook (7.5%)
• Proportion of international students: 2.5%
• Proportion of international staff: 2.5%
• International collaboration: 2.5%
THE’s aim in this indicator is to measure an institution’s ability to attract students and faculty members from all over the world. It quantifies this by calculating the proportion of a university’s total research journal publications that have a minimum of one international co-author.
Industry Income (2.5%)
This indicator focuses on capturing the knowledge-transfer capability of a university, especially with its ability to inject respective industries with “innovations, inventions and consultancy”. Such an indicator also provides a sense of an institution’s ability to attract funding from commercial entities - the willingness of businesses to pay for research.
Below, we’ve compiled the top universities in each destination - Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, the UK and USA. If you’re keen to find out more on what it means to study abroad in any of these countries, fill in your details and make a free appointment with one of our friendly counsellors!
THE Top 10 Universities in Australia 2021
|1||University of Melbourne||31|
|2||University of Sydney||51|
|3||Australian National University||59|
|4||The University of Queensland||62|
|7||University of Adelaide||118|
|8||The University of Western Australia||139|
|9||University of Technology Sydney||160|
|10||University of Canberra||184|
THE Top Universities in New Zealand 2021
|1||University of Auckland||147|
|2||University of Otago||201-250|
|3||Auckland University of Technology||251-300|
|4||University of Canterbury||401-500|
|5||Victoria University of Wellington||501-600|
University of Waikato
THE Top 10 Universities in Canada 2021
|1||University of Toronto||18|
|2||University of British Columbia||34|
|5||University of Montreal||73|
|6||University of Alberta||131|
|7||University of Ottawa||145|
|8||University of Calgary||200|
|9||University of Waterloo||201-250|
THE Top 10 Universities in the UK 2021
|1||University of Oxford||1|
|2||University of Cambridge||6|
|3||Imperial College London||11|
|5||London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||27|
|6||University of Edinburgh||30|
|7||King’s College London||35|
|8||University of Manchester||51|
|9||University of Warwick||77|
|10||University of Bristol||91|
THE Top Universities in Ireland 2021
|1||Trinity College Dublin||155|
|2||RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences||201-250|
|3||University College Dublin||251-300|
|4||National University of Ireland, Galway||301-350|
|5||University College Cork||301-350|
|7||Dublin City University||501-600|
|8||University of Limerick||501-600|
|9||Technological University Dublin||801-1000|
THE Top 10 Universities in USA 2021
|3||California Institute of Technology||4|
|4||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||5|
|5||University of California, Berkeley||7|
|8||The University of Chicago||10|
|9||John Hopkins University||12|
|10||University of Pennsylvania||13|