50 Top World Universities 2022

Every year, based on several factors and indications, world universities are ranked by several organizations and publications such as Times Higher Education (THE), Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU or Shanghai Ranking), Quacquarelli Symonds (Q.S.), U.S. News and World Report (USNWR), and many more. 

The Times Higher Education (THE), a British magazine, World University Rankings 2022 publication, is based on the analysis of more than 108 million documents (citations) across over 14.4 million research publications. It also included survey answers from about 22,000 scholars worldwide. Overall, THE collected 430,000 data points from more than 2,100 institutions that submitted data. 

According to THE ranking, the University of Oxford tops the ranking for the sixth repeated year, while Peking University and Tsinghua University are among the top 20 world universities for the first year and share 16th place. Harvard University is the top university in teaching, the University of Oxford is tops in research, and Macau University of Science and Technology is tops in the international pillar.

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Mainland China has recorded the fifth-highest number of universities in the top 200, which is upper than the joint seventh last year. The mainland passes Canada and is parallel to the Netherlands. Six new countries, including Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Fiji, Palestine, and Tanzania included in the table compared with last year. 

The U.S., with overall 183 educational institutions, is the most-represented country among all. This country is also the most represented in the top 200, although the country’s share of universities falls in this elite group.  

Universities, including the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, and the University of Chicago, are among the top 10 world institutions from the United States. The University of Oxford and Cambridge University ranked in the top 10 universities from the U.K. The number of full-time equivalency (FTE), number of students per staff, international students’ combination, male and female ratio, and the universities’ performance across four areas, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook are the specifications that are measured and scored in THE World University Rankings 2022. 

Please, review the overall research, teaching, citations, industry income, and international outlook of the universities in the below table.

OverallTeachingResearchCitationsIndustry IncomeInternational Outlook
1University of Oxford United Kingdom95.791.099.698.074.496.3
=2California Institute of Technology United States95.093.696.997.890.483.8
=2Harvard University United States95.094.598.999.248.979.8
4Stanford University United States94.992.396.899.991.079.7
=5University of Cambridge United Kingdom94.690.999.596.256.795.8
=5Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States94.690.994.499.793.789.9
7Princeton University United States93.689.596.099.088.880.7
8University of California, Berkeley United States92.285.796.099.184.777.6
9Yale University United States90.890.793.
10The University of Chicago United States89.887.290.698.356.374.4
11Columbia University United States89.687.889.697.348.079.8
12Imperial College London United Kingdom89.381.488.397.670.897.5
=13Johns Hopkins University United States88.480.090.897.293.774.6
=13University of Pennsylvania United States88.484.589.297.177.669.7
15ETH Zurich Switzerland88.281.392.490.762.597.9
=16Peking University China87.591.494.681.793.165.1
=16Tsinghua University China87.588.195.786.8100.050.6
=18University of Toronto Canada87.277.693.092.661.289.1
=18UCL United Kingdom87.276.888.996.944.796.7
20University of California, Los Angeles United States86.782.189.896.056.565.1
21National University of Singapore Singapore85.276.390.687.375.494.4
22Cornell University United States85.078.685.497.238.375.4
23Duke University United States83.579.278.695.699.066.6
=24University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States83.178.685.494.048.959.5
=24Northwestern University United States83.174.382.197.681.665.3
26New York University United States82.475.483.194.741.472.3
27London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom80.868.080.894.435.892.7
28Carnegie Mellon University United States80.664.780.
29University of Washington United States79.868.878.899.046.361.7
=30University of Edinburgh United Kingdom78.966.174.295.640.295.2
=30University of Hong Kong Hong Kong78.966.
32LMU Munich Germany78.668.177.990.3100.069.1
33University of Melbourne Australia77.867.573.888.474.994.0
34University of California, San Diego United States77.760.575.697.996.668.1
=35King’s College London United Kingdom76.057.671.296.943.795.9
=35The University of Tokyo Japan76.086.990.358.288.142.0
37University of British Columbia Canada75.861.674.089.447.494.9
38Technical University of Munich Germany75.664.574.885.5100.076.1
39Karolinska Institute Sweden74.355.
=40École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland74.163.867.085.574.998.3
=40Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France74.
=42Heidelberg University Germany73.667.959.995.554.269.6
=42KU Leuven Belgium73.659.
44McGill University Canada73.463.370.983.945.391.5
45Georgia Institute of Technology United States73.358.269.491.471.477.7
46Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore73.057.270.385.187.093.9
47University of Texas at Austin United States72.967.971.589.450.139.8
48University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States72.665.777.380.950.055.4
49Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong71.355.158.695.060.295.0
50University of Manchester United Kingdom71.256.465.089.145.692.4

Also, the publication ranking includes the number of full-time equivalency (FTE) students, the number of students per staff, international students’ combinations, and the ratio of male and female students in universities. Please review the table below for THE World Universities Rankings 2022 details.

No. of FTE StudentsNo. of students per staffInternational StudentsFemale and Male Ratio 
1University of Oxford United Kingdom20,83510.742%47 : 53 
=2California Institute of Technology United States2,2336.334%36 : 64 
=2Harvard University United States21,5749.524%50 : 50 
4Stanford University United States16,3197.323%46 : 54 
=5University of Cambridge United Kingdom19,68111.139%47 : 53 
=5Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States11,4598.433%40 : 60 
7Princeton University United States7,7537.523%47 : 53 
8University of California, Berkeley United States40,30618.923%51 : 49 
9Yale University United States13,3175.921%51 : 49 
10The University of Chicago United States14,8956.133%46 : 54 
11Columbia University United States21,6084.635%n/a 
12Imperial College London United Kingdom17,71711.359%40 : 60 
=13Johns Hopkins University United States16,5524.328%52 : 48 
=13University of Pennsylvania United States21,2116.422%53 : 47 
15ETH Zurich Switzerland20,42814.441%32 : 68 
=16Peking University China31,60610.219%46 : 54 
=16Tsinghua University China38,22111.513%34 : 66 
=18University of Toronto Canada75,82125.525%57 : 43 
=18UCL United Kingdom35,76010.657%58 : 42 
20University of California, Los Angeles United States42,05410.017%55 : 45 
21National University of Singapore Singapore31,81918.825%50 : 50 
22Cornell University United States23,60010.325%50 : 50 
23Duke University United States15,7854.222%52 : 48 
=24University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States44,6638.117%50 : 50 
=24Northwestern University United States18,73513.019%50 : 50 
26New York University United States45,42411.035%57 : 43
27London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom10,91112.172%53 : 47
28Carnegie Mellon University United States14,16313.547%43 : 57
29University of Washington United States52,05911.617%54 : 46
=30University of Edinburgh United Kingdom31,63112.144%61 : 39
=30University of Hong Kong Hong Kong18,03718.343%54 : 46
32LMU Munich Germany34,27433.718%61 : 39
33University of Melbourne Australia52,09826.550%57 : 43
34University of California, San Diego United States36,25612.229%48 : 52
=35King’s College London United Kingdom28,24812.049%62 : 38
=35The University of Tokyo Japan25,95910.614%n/a
37University of British Columbia Canada54,74418.933%55 : 45
38Technical University of Munich Germany32,67238.733%37 : 63
39Karolinska Institute Sweden7,9379.624%69 : 31
=40École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland11,26612.362%29 : 71
=40Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France20,54715.125%47 : 53
=42Heidelberg University Germany19,53013.919%55 : 45
=42KU Leuven Belgium46,32736.316%51 : 49
44McGill University Canada31,58112.632%59 : 41
45Georgia Institute of Technology United States27,83825.725%33 : 67
46Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore23,95114.724%48 : 52
47University of Texas at Austin United States49,84516.710%53 : 47
48University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States47,20218.323%48 : 52
49Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong18,47819.125%n/a
50University of Manchester United Kingdom36,54314.343%54 : 46

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