World University Rankings 2015-2016: Results Announced Education Articles

US continues to lose its grip as institutions in Europe up their game

The world dominance of universities in the US has further waned in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, despite the fact that the country boasts almost a fifth of institutions in the table.

A total of 147 US universities feature in the top 800 – the largest THE rankings to date – including the California Institute of Technology, which claims pole position for the fifth consecutive year.

However, there are signs of decline for the traditional Western powerhouse lower down in the table. The US now has 63 universities in the top 200, down from 74 last year, and 77 the year before. Six of these make the top 10, compared with seven last year; after Caltech, these are: Stanford (third), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (fifth), Harvard (sixth - its first time outside the top four in the rankings’ 12-year history), Princeton (seventh) and the University of Chicago (10th). The UK’s universities of Oxford (second), Cambridge (fourth) and Imperial College London (eighth), and Switzerland’s ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ninth) fill the rest of the top 10.


“Europe appears to be becoming more competitive at postdoctoral stage – the point where the US has long been overwhelmingly dominant in global flows of talent,” he added.

However, he warned that the UK’s position in the rankings may decline “over a decade or so” if it continues to be “semi-paralysed by immigration policies”, while an exit from the European Union would have “sharper, earlier effects”.

“Research depends on the free movement of both ideas and people, and countries that adopt a more closed stance pay the price in the end. This is a prime cause of the substantial long-term declines in the global position of research in both Japan and Russia,” he said.

Overall, institutions from 70 countries, 29 more than last year, feature in this year’s rankings, with several countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Kenya being represented for the first time.


Asia gains new number one

The National University of Singapore is the number one institution in Asia – the first time the city-state has claimed the continent’s top spot in the rankings’ 12-year history.

NUS is in 26th position overall in the rankings, with the next highest Asian institutions – China’s Peking University and Japan’s University of Tokyo – taking 42nd and 43rd place respectively.

Overall, this year’s rankings results provide a mixed picture for Asia; while China’s performance remains steady, with the country claiming 37 institutions in the top 800, including two in the elite top 50, Japan and South Korea have both fallen down the list. Japan has just two institutions in the world top 200, compared with five last year, while South Korea has just one in the top 100, down from three.

But despite its diminishing performance, Japan still has strength in depth: it is third place in the world in terms of the number of institutions represented, with 41 appearing in the top 800.

“Tough times for Japan and disappointment for South Korea mean that leading Asian nations’ grip on the higher ranks of the THE World University Rankings is loose,” said Phil Baty, THE rankings editor.

“Many institutions, particularly in East Asia, have been focusing heavily on attaining world-class status, backed with funding and powerful political will. But this ranking demonstrates how difficult a task this is, as universities right across the world continue to improve.” 

Below are the 37 Chinese Universities listed by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 announced on 30 Sep 2015.

RankName of University
42Peking University
=47Tsinghua University
201-250Fudan University
201-250University of Science and Technology of China
251-300Nanjing University
251-300Zhejiang University
301-350Shanghai Jiao Tong University
351-400Sun Yat-sen University
401-500East China University of Science and Technology
401-500Wuhan University
401-500Xiamen University
501-600China Agricultural University
501-600East China Normal University
501-600Harbin Institute of Technology
501-600Huazhong University of Science and Technology
501-600Renmin University of China
501-600Soochow University
501-600South China University of Technology
501-600Tianjin University
501-600Tongji University
501-600Xi’an Jiaotong University
601-800Beijing Institute of Technology
601-800Capital Medical University
601-800China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)
601-800China University of Petroleum (Beijing)
601-800Chongqing University
601-800Dalian University of Technology
601-800University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
601-800Hunan University
601-800Jilin University
601-800Northwestern Polytechnical University
601-800Ocean University of China
601-800University of Science and Technology Beijing
601-800Shanghai University
601-800Shantou University
601-800Sichuan University
601-800Xidian University

Source - The Times Higher Education

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