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World University Rankings 2019

 

It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. We use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

 

The calculation of the rankings for 2019 has been audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making these the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature.

 

View the World University Rankings 2019 methodology

 

This year’s list of the best universities in the world is led by the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge for the second year in a row.

 

Yale University is the only newcomer to the top 10, joining at eighth place, up from 12th. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich has fallen out of this elite group, dropping from joint 10th to 11th place.

 

Tsinghua University is now the top university in Asia, after rising eight places to 22nd, becoming the first Chinese institution to lead the continent under the current methodology (since 2011). China as a whole has increased its standing, driven by improvements in citation impact.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan has overtaken the UK as the second most-represented nation in the world, with 103 institutions (the UK has 98).

 

There is also good news for France, which has a top 50 university for the first time since 2011, while several leading universities in Italy, Spain and Canada have risen.

 

Overall, 86 countries are represented, including Iraq, Jamaica, Nepal, Tanzania and Kazakhstan for the first time.

 

Read our full analysis of the THE World University Rankings 2019 results

Rank

Name

No. of FTE Students

No. of students per staff

International Students

Female:Male Ratio

1

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

20,298

11.0

40%

46 : 54

2

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

18,749

10.9

37%

46 : 54

3

Stanford University

United States

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15,878

7.4

23%

43 : 57

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

11,231

8.7

34%

38 : 62

5

California Institute of Technology

United States

2,255

6.5

29%

33 : 67

6

Harvard University

United States

20,595

9.1

26%

48 : 52

7

Princeton University

United States

7,996

8.2

24%

45 : 55

8

Yale University

United States

12,318

5.2

20%

50 : 50

9

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

16,425

11.7

56%

38 : 62

10

University of Chicago

United States

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13,562

6.1

25%

44 : 56

11

ETH Zurich

Switzerland

18,171

12.3

39%

31 : 69

=12

Johns Hopkins University

United States

16,146

4.6

25%

52 : 48

=12

University of Pennsylvania

United States

20,443

6.4

20%

52 : 48

14

UCL

United Kingdom

31,696

10.6

51%

57 : 43

15

University of California, Berkeley

United States

36,468

13.2

17%

51 : 49

16

Columbia University

United States

26,586

6.0

37%

n/a

17

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

39,464

9.2

17%

53 : 47

18

Duke University

United States

15,037

4.4

18%

48 : 52

19

Cornell University

United States

21,904

9.8

25%

49 : 51

20

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

United States

41,831

8.3

17%

48 : 52

21

University of Toronto

Canada

72,202

19.0

19%

n/a

22

Tsinghua University

China

Explore

36,912

11.9

11%

34 : 66

23

National University of Singapore

Singapore

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30,727

17.4

28%

50 : 50

24

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

13,033

13.3

47%

40 : 60

25

Northwestern University

United States

17,600

13.0

19%

48 : 52