Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

From 2004 to 2009 the Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Sysmonds ( QS) published annually a joint ranking under the name " Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Rankings" . In 2010 these two institutions have stopped their collaboration but continue to publish a separate ranking : QS have kept the 2004-2009 methodology and publishe this ranking as the QS World University Rankings ( which also include the THES rankings from 2004 to 2009 ) and the Times Higher Education produce a new type of ranking : the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The World University Ranking of the English magazine Times Higher Education ranks the top 400 universities worldwide based on qualitative and quantitative indicators . The methodology differs from QS by increasing the number of indicators taken into account . The Times Higher Education has the ambition to cover the 3 missions of universities : teaching , research and knowledge transfer. To that end it utilizes 13 indicators grouped in 5 categories.

Indicators and Weight in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking




Citations – research influence

1 - Citations impact (normalized average citations per paper) (Database: Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science)


Teaching - the learning enviro nment

1 - Income per academic
2 - Reputational survey – teaching
3 - PhD awards per academic
4 - PhD awards / bachelor’s awards
5 - Undergraduates admitted per academic


Research – volume, income and reputation

1- Papers academic and research staff
2 - Research income (scaled) 
3 - Reputation survey – research


International mix – staff and students

1 - Ratio of international to domestic students
2 - Ratio of international to domestic staff
3 - Proportion of internationally co-authored research papers


Industry income - innovation

1 - Research income from industry (per academic staff)



Source: www.timeshighereduca­tion.co.uk/