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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022

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.

Teaching (30%)

  • 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.

Research (30%)

  • 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.

Citations (30%)

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.

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THE Top 10 Universities in Australia 2022

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Melbourne

33

2

Australian National University

54

3

The University of Queensland 

54

4

Monash University 

57

5

University of Sydney 

58

6

UNSW Sydney 

70

7

University of Adelaide

111

8

The University of Western Australia

132

9

University of Technology Sydney 

143

10

University of Canberra

170

THE Top Universities in New Zealand 2022

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Auckland

137

2

Auckland University of Technology 

201-250

3

University of Otago 

201-250

4

University of Waikato 

401-500

5

University of Canterbury 

501-600

6

Lincoln University 

501-600

7

Victoria University of Wellington 501-600

8

Massey University

601-800

 THE Top 10 Universities in Canada 2022

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Toronto

18

2

University of British Columbia

37

3

McGill University

44

4

McMaster University

80

5

University of Montreal

88

6

University of Alberta

125

7

University of Ottawa

162

8

University of Calgary

201-250

9

Simon Fraser University 

201-250

10

University of Waterloo 

201-250

THE Top 10 Universities in the UK 2022

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Oxford

1

2

University of Cambridge

5

3

Imperial College London

12

4

UCL

18

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

50

9

University of Warwick

78

10

University of Glasgow 

86

THE Top Universities in Ireland 2022

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

Trinity College Dublin

146

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

201-250

3

University College Dublin

201-250

4

University College Cork 

251-300

5

National University of Ireland, Galway 

351-400

6

Dublin City University 

501-600

7

Maynooth University 

501-600

8

University of Limerick

601-800

9

Technological University Dublin

1001-1200

THE Top 10 Universities in USA 2022

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

California Institute of Technology 

2

Harvard University

2

3

Stanford University 

4

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5

5

Princeton University 

7

6

University of California, Berkeley 

8

7

Yale University  

9

8

The University of Chicago

10

9

Columbia University 

11

10

John Hopkins University 

13

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