The NEW 100 Best Universities In The World

Gus Lubin
October 4, 2012

There's another university ranking out, and it has a surprising winner.

The Times of London partnered with Thomson Reuters to "judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook."

A breakdown of the methodology:

  • Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)
  • Research — volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)
  • Citations — research influence (worth 30 per cent)
  • Industry income — innovation (worth 2.5 per cent)
  • International outlook — staff, students and research (worth 7.5 per cent).

Caltech took the top spot, beating out some several more famous schools.

Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge, and MIT rounded out the top 7.

The Times also put out a list based on reputation, i.e. survey of academics, which produced a more traditional winner.

First, here's the top 100:

1 California Institute of Technology United States 94.8
2 Harvard University United States 93.9
2 Stanford University United States 93.9
4 University of Oxford United Kingdom 93.6
5 Princeton University United States 92.9
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 92.4
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States 92.3
8 Imperial College London United Kingdom 90.7
9 University of Chicago United States 90.2
10 University of California, Berkeley United States 89.8
11 Yale University United States 89.1
12 Columbia University United States 87.5
13 University of California, Los Angeles United States 87.3
14 Johns Hopkins University United States 85.8
15 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland 85.0
16 University of Pennsylvania United States 84.9
17 University College London United Kingdom 83.2
18 University of Michigan United States 82.8
19 University of Toronto Canada 81.6
20 Cornell University United States 80.5
21 Carnegie Mellon University United States 78.4
22 University of British Columbia Canada 77.4
22 Duke University United States 77.4
24 Georgia Institute of Technology United States 77.0
25 University of Washington United States 76.5
26 Northwestern University United States 76.2
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States 75.8
28 McGill University Canada 75.5
29 University of Texas at Austin United States 74.9
30 University of Tokyo Japan 74.3
31 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States 74.2
32 Karolinska Institute Sweden 73.1
33 University of California, San Diego United States 73.0
34 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 72.3
35 University of California, Santa Barbara United States 72.1
36 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom 72.0
37 University of Melbourne Australia 71.9
38 Australian National University Australia 71.2
38 University of California, Davis United States 71.2
40 National University of Singapore Singapore 70.9
41 Washington University in St Louis United States 70.5
42 University of Minnesota United States 70.0
43 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States 69.3
44 New York University United States 69.0
45 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany 67.6
46 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland 66.3
47 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom 66.0
48 University of Manchester United Kingdom 65.7
49 Peking University China 65.6
49 Brown University United States 65.6
51 Pennsylvania State University United States 64.9
52 Kyoto University Japan 64.8
53 Pohang University of Science and Technology Republic of Korea 64.6
54 Boston University United States 64.2
55 University of Southern California United States 64.0
56 King's College London United Kingdom 63.2
57 Ohio State University United States 63.0
58 University of Sydney Australia 62.4
59 University of Pittsburgh United States 62.0
59 École Normale Supérieure France 62.0
61 University of Zürich Switzerland 61.9
62 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong 61.7
63 École Polytechnique France 61.5
64 University of Massachusetts United States 61.1
65 McMaster University Canada 61.0
66 University of Bristol United Kingdom 60.9
67 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium 60.8
68 Utrecht University Netherlands 60.4
69 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany 60.3
70 Vanderbilt University United States 59.6
71 Tsinghua University China 59.5
72 Rice University United States 59.0
73 Universität Heidelberg Germany 58.7
74 University of Queensland Australia Australia 58.6
75 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands 57.4
75 Emory University United States 57.4
77 Tufts University United States 57.3
77 University of Colorado Boulder United States 57.3
79 Leiden University Netherlands 57.0
80 Lund University Sweden 56.9
81 University of Rochester United States 56.8
81 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey United States 56.8
83 Durham University United Kingdom 56.4
84 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France 56.0
85 University of St Andrews United Kingdom 55.7
86 University of California, Irvine United States 55.4
87 Uppsala University Sweden 55.2
88 Technische Universität München Germany 55.1
89 University of Notre Dame United States 55.0
90 Dartmouth College United States 54.9
91 University of Helsinki Finland 54.8
92 University of Amsterdam Netherlands 54.7
93 Case Western Reserve University United States 54.6
94 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Republic of Korea 54.5
94 University of Maryland, College Park United States 54.5
96 Michigan State University United States 54.4
97 University of Arizona United States 54.2
98 Purdue University United States 54.0
99 University of Sussex United Kingdom 53.9
100 University of Alberta Canada 53.7

 

And here's the top 100 by reputation:

RankInstitutionCountry / RegionOverall score
1 Harvard University United States 100.0
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States 87.2
3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 80.7
4 Stanford University United States 72.1
5 University of California, Berkeley United States 71.6
6 University of Oxford United Kingdom 71.2
7 Princeton University United States 37.9
8 University of Tokyo Japan 35.6
9 University of California, Los Angeles United States 33.8
10 Yale University United States 32.4
11 California Institute of Technology United States 29.6
12 University of Michigan United States 23.2
13 Imperial College London United Kingdom 22.2
14 University of Chicago United States 21.0
15 Columbia University United States 20.7
16 University of Toronto Canada 20.0
16 Cornell University United States 20.0
18 Johns Hopkins University United States 17.8
19 University of Pennsylvania United States 16.3
20 Kyoto University Japan 15.9
21 University College London United Kingdom 15.7
22 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland 15.0
23 National University of Singapore Singapore 13.9
23 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States 13.9
25 University of British Columbia Canada 11.8
25 McGill University Canada 11.8
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States 11.5
28 University of Washington United States 11.3
29 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom 11.1
30 Tsinghua University China 10.9
32 University of Texas at Austin United States 10.3
33 Duke University United States 10.1
34 New York University United States 9.8
35 Northwestern University United States 9.6
36 University of California, San Diego United States 9.4
37 Carnegie Mellon University United States 9.3
38 Peking University China 8.9
39 University of Massachusetts United States 8.7
39 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 8.7
41 Georgia Institute of Technology United States 8.5
42 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany 8.4
43 University of Melbourne Australia 8.1
44 University of California, Davis United States 7.4
44 Australian National University Australia 7.4
46 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States 7.2
47 University of Minnesota United States 7.1
47 Purdue University United States 7.1
49 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom 7.0
50 University of Sydney Australia 6.9

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