The University of Oxford has attained number one position in Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the first time in six years.
New Delhi- Oct 9, 2016. Rednewswire/-
The results are out for Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 and guess what? The most prestigious higher education universities of the world have a new paladin. The University of Oxford has topped the list this year.
This is the very first time a university outside the United States has attained the title. The University of Oxford has pipped last year's number one California Institute of Technology (CalTech) becoming the first number one university in six years. CalTech now stands at number two on the list.
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Louise Richardson, vice-president of The University of Oxford says that the accomplishment was "really quite simple". She says that it all depends upon recruiting the best scholars and “any university is only as good as the academics it can attract”.
Well, she is partly correct. Academic stand and research performance contribute largely to the success of an institution. The Times Higher Education rankings are the most inclusive rankings globally. They work on 13 individual indicators and assess institutions on the basis of research, teaching, international prospect and transmission of knowledge.
This permits universities that stand out in different measures such as collaboration of international research, staff to student ratio and income earned from industry to excel in the rankings too. The Times Higher Education rankings are being published since 2004 and the 13 data sets published till now tell a lot about the evolution of higher education.
Except Oxford's remarkable rise as the top-ranker, rest of the institutions are fairly stable on their position. While the top two institutions swapped their positions, all other universities from number 3 to number 9 maintain the exact same position each year. The University of Chicago is also clung to its 10th position although there has been a significant rise by three place after University of California, Berkeley joined.
As usual, the United States has the highest number of institutions in the ranking with a total of 148, followed by UK with 91 institutions, Japan (69) and China (52). The top 200 universities gives you a clear picture as to where these elite universities are based.
Considering all the 980 rankings, China slips down to 10th position in the top 200 and is unable to overtake US, UK and Japan. Though European countries like Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland have less institutions but quality of the institutions can clearly be seen.
Asian universities are increasingly become visible however the Western countries continue to dominate the top rankings. China hold four places as compared to last year's two places, South Korea also hold four same as previous year while every other country has climbed to a higher position in the top 200. Hong Kong has five places as compared to last year's three.
One of the key reasons is money. In the past few years although East Asia has invested heavily but lack in reputation. The reputation scores for Times Higher Education rankings are calculated on the basis of 20,000 responses from academics around the world. Chinese institutions are increasingly being named as the top institutions in their field.