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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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.

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 2020

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Melbourne

32

2

Australian National University

50

3

University of Sydney

60

4

University of Queensland

66

5

UNSW Sydney

71

6

Monash University

75

7

University of Adelaide

120

8

University of Western Australia

131

9

Queensland University of Technology

179

10

University of Canberra

193

THE Top Universities in New Zealand 2020

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Auckland

179

2

University of Otago

201-250

3

Auckland University of Technology

251-300

4

University of Canterbury

301-350

5

Lincoln University

501-600

6

Massey University

501-600

7

Victoria University of Wellington

501-600

8

University of Waikato

501-600

 THE Top 10 Universities in Canada 2020

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Toronto

18

2

University of British Columbia

34

3

McGill University

42

4

McMaster University

72

5

University of Montreal

85

6

University of Alberta

136

7

University of Ottawa

141

8

University of Calgary

201-250

9

University of Waterloo

201-250

10

Western University

201-250

THE Top 10 Universities in the UK

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Oxford

1

2

University of Cambridge

3

3

Imperial College London

10

4

UCL

15

5

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

27

6

University of Edinburgh

30

7

King’s College London

36

8

University of Manchester

55

9

University of Warwick

77

10

University of Bristol

87

THE Top Universities in Ireland

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

Trinity College Dublin

164

Royal College of Surgeons

201-250

3

University College Dublin

201-250

4

National University of Ireland, Galway

251-300

5

Maynooth University

301-350

6

University College Cork

301-350

7

University of Limerick

501-600

8

Dublin City University

601-800

9

Technological University Dublin

801-1000

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