THE World University Ranking 2023

The 19th edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings was released recently. It ranked 1,799 universities from 104 countries and regions. This edition covered 137 more universities than last year.

Key findings

  • Oxford University in the UK holds the top position for the seventh consecutive year.
  • The United States continue to dominate the ranking with 7 universities holding the top 10 positions, 12 universities in top 20.
  • However, the number of US universities in the top 100 continue to decline because of the dominance by Asian universities. The Harvard University retains the second position in the ranking.
  • China has 7 universities among the world’s top 100. In 2018, it had just 2 universities in the top 100 list. Tsinghua University, at the 16th position, is the top performer in China.
  • Japan leads the Asian countries with the ranking of 117 universities. It is followed by China (95 universities) and India (75 universities). Tokyo University is the top performer in Japan.
  • Asia is the most represented continent in the world, with 669 universities taking part.
  • In Europe, outside the United Kingdom, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich University (11th position) is the top performer.
  • Germany had 9 universities in the top 100 and 22 in top 200.
  • Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar lead the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
  • Africa witnessed the year-on-year participation increase by 36.6 per cent, with the ranking increasing from 71 to 97 institutes. This is the biggest increase among all continents. The top performer in Africa is University of Cape Town (160th rank). Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe appeared in the ranking for the first time.
  • For the first time, Oceania’s average score surpassed that of North America.
  • Australia has 10 universities in top 200, with University of Melbourne (34th rank) being the top performer.
  • The Latin America and Caribbean region witnessed participation of 140 universities from 12 countries. Brazil, Mexico and Colombia have the highest number of new entrants in the ranking.
  • The top performer in India is IISc, which is ranked in 251-300 band. The second-best performer among the Indian institutions is Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, which made a debut in the ranking at the position in the 351-400 band.




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