Top 100 universities in the world revealed

Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London all make the top 10 in this year's World University Rankings

Rachael Pells
Education Correspondent
Tuesday 05 September 2017 14:14

British universities have been named the best in the world for a second year running, this time boasting the two top positions in the prestigious World University Rankings.

Oxford University is ranked in first place in this year’s table, after beating US champion the California Institute of Technology for the first time last year.

An even greater achievement, arguably, was seen by rival Cambridge this year, as the institution jumped from fourth place up to second thanks to a perceived improvement in research quality.

It’s the first time in the 13-year history of the rankings that two European institutions take the top two spots.

Switzerland’s ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) also clings onto a spot in the top 10, after dropping one place from ninth to joint 10th. Meanwhile, Trinity College Dublin has jumped 14 places to 117th this year.

Italy and Spain both have new number ones thanks to large rises for two of their institutions: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Pompeu Fabra University.

But the rise of Asia is becoming an increasing threat to Europe’s standing in the rankings, its authors said.

China’s two leading universities now outrank Germany’s top institution, LMU Munich.

Germany also has two fewer institutions in the top 200; of the 20 institutions that still make this cohort, 12 have slipped.

Tsinghua University has also overtaken Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Peking University now outranks the Karolinska Institute and is on a par with the University of Edinburgh.

Europe now has seven institutions in the top 30 while Asia has three. Last year these figures were 10 and two respectively.

Phil Baty, editorial director of the global rankings, said: “Europe is one of the leading regions in the THE World University Rankings and is now home to more than half of the top-200 spots (101 compared to 99 last year).

“The University of Cambridge’s rise to second place, in particular, is a fantastic achievement, while other improvements show the strength of the region amid increasing global competition.

“But there are signs that Asia is starting to threaten the position of some of Europe’s leading institutions, while Brexit poses a huge risk to the success of UK universities in the future. Europe will need to work hard to ensure it can sustain its performance in future years.”

The rankings, devised annually by Times Higher Education, judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The top 100 universities in full

Rank 2018 Previous year Institution Country
1 1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
2 4 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
3 2 California Institute of Technology United States
3 3 Stanford University United States
5 5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
6 6 Harvard University United States
7 7 Princeton University United States
8 8 Imperial College London United Kingdom
9 10 University of Chicago United States
10 9 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
10 13 University of Pennsylvania United States
12 12 Yale University United States
13 17 Johns Hopkins University United States
14 16 Columbia University United States
15 14 University of California, Los Angeles United States
16 15 University College London United Kingdom
17 18 Duke University United States
18 10 University of California, Berkeley United States
19 19 Cornell University United States
20 20 Northwestern University United States
21 21 University of Michigan United States
22 24 National University of Singapore Singapore
22 22 University of Toronto Canada
24 23 Carnegie Mellon University United States
25 25 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
25 25 University of Washington United States
27 27 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
27 32 New York University United States
27 29 Peking University China
30 35 Tsinghua University China
31 41 University of California, San Diego United States
32 33 University of Melbourne Australia
33 33 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
34 36 University of British Columbia Canada
34 30 LMU Munich Germany
36 36 King’s College London United Kingdom
37 36 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
38 30 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
38 28 Karolinska Institute Sweden
40 43 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
41 46 Technical University of Munich Germany
42 42 McGill University Canada
43 45 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
44 49 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
45 43 Heidelberg University Germany
46 39 University of Tokyo Japan
47 40 KU Leuven Belgium
48 47 Australian National University Australia
49 50 University of Texas at Austin United States
50 51 Brown University United States
50 57 Washington University in St Louis United States
52 54 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
53 48 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
54 51 University of California, Davis United States
54 55 University of Manchester United Kingdom
56 53 University of Minnesota United States
56 56 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
58 76 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
59 63 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
60 70 Purdue University United States
61 60 University of Sydney Australia
62 57 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
63 59 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
64 65 Wageningen University & Research Netherlands
65 60 University of Queensland Australia
66 60 University of Southern California United States
67 77 Leiden University Netherlands
68 86 Utrecht University Netherlands
69 67 University of Maryland, College Park United States
70 64 Boston University United States
70 72 Ohio State University United States
72 69 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
72 NR Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
74 91 Kyoto University Japan
74 72 Seoul National University South Korea
76 71 University of Bristol United Kingdom
77 68 Pennsylvania State University United States
78 113 McMaster University Canada
79 78 RWTH Aachen University Germany
80 88 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
80 74 Monash University Australia
82 95 University of Freiburg Germany
83 80 University of Groningen Netherlands
83 101 Michigan State University United States
85 78 University of New South Wales Australia
86 87 Rice University United States
86 93 Uppsala University Sweden
88 75 Free University of Berlin Germany
89 82 Dartmouth College United States
90 91 University of Helsinki Finland
91 82 University of Warwick United Kingdom
92 82 Technical University of Berlin Germany
93 96 Lund University Sweden
94 89 University of Tübingen Germany
95 98 University of Basel Switzerland
95 89 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
97 96 Durham University United Kingdom
98 82 Emory University United States
99 98 University of California, Irvine United States
100 113 University of Bonn Germany
100 116 University of Colorado Boulder United States
100 80 University of Pittsburgh United States

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