Four Belgian universities finished in the top 200 in the 2022 Times World University Rankings: KU Leuven remains the highest-ranked Belgian university with 42. The University of Oxford in the UK is the best university in the world for the sixth year in a row. It was announced today by the British higher education magazine Times Higher Education (THE), which evaluated 1,662 universities.
KU Leuven advanced three places and shares 42nd place with the University of Heidelberg (Germany). “I am particularly proud of the excellent result achieved by KU Leuven again this year, thanks to the superior research and tremendous efforts of our staff,” says Luc Sels, President of the University of Leuven.
With the 96th place, Ghent University has been ranked among the top 100 universities for the first time since using the current methodology. It shares this place with the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). With 143rd place, the University of Antwerp occupies the highest place ever. The University of Exeter (UK) and University of Technology Sydney (Australia) also got this result. Like the University of Aberdeen (UK), University of Colorado Boulder (US) and Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), the Catholic University of Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve ranks 158.
Ranking in THE Ranking is based on criteria in four areas: education, research, internationalization and valuation. Education and research together determine the lion’s share of the outcome. THE Ranking is usually considered to be the most complete, with universities ranking based on a wide range of thirteen criteria.
The University of Oxford (UK) is ranked number one for the sixth year in a row. The United States (eight universities) and the United Kingdom (two universities) dominate the top ten. Caltech and Harvard University have overtaken Stanford University (all in the US) and are now joint in second place.
“In a year dominated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the ranking reflects the vital role of universities in understanding and managing crises as many institutions see higher citation scores as a result of research focused on COVID-19,” THE said.
THE lists no less than 1,662 universities from 99 countries and regions. That is 136 more than last year. Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji and Palestine were represented for the first time. With 14 universities, the United States has the largest number of new participating universities, followed by Iran and Russia (twelve each), Turkey (eleven), Brazil and India (nine each).
This brings the United States to a record 183 participating universities in total, followed by Japan (118), the United Kingdom (101), China (97) and India (71). China has at least ten universities in the top 200, which is a record number. Mainland China also holds its all-time highest position, with Tsinghua University and Peking University tied for 16th.
“The world’s elite universities have enjoyed a long period of dominance at the top of the rankings, using their historical reputation, global standing and reliable income. But our data shows that there are clear shifts in higher education around the world. We are already seeing the , the apparent disruption to standards set by China, and record highs for Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong show that Asia continues to benefit from focus and investment in higher education across the continent.
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