By Emma McGhin

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016

On Top of the World

Today, Times Higher Education published its World University Rankings 2015-16 and the results prove that European and Asian universities are on the rise.

For the fifth year in a row, California Institute of Technology is in first place, followed by Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge, and MIT. The first Ivy League entrant is Harvard at sixth. Princeton, Imperial College London, ETH Zurich, and the University of Chicago complete the Top Ten.

US universities showcased the biggest decline, with 63 in the top 100, down from 74 last year and 77 the year before. Also of note is that no US institution includes more than 35% international students, unlike universities in Asia, Oceania, and Europe.

Other nations are upping their game. These include the UK, with 34 universities in the top 200, Germany, with 20, and the Netherlands with 12. Australia has eight institutions in the top 200. Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is the first country outside the US and UK to make the top 10 for a decade.

The THE rankings judge research-intensive institutions on teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. All institutions must teach undergraduates and regularly publish.

This year, THE released a list of the most innovative institutions, which includes a wonderfully global list of universities, from Germany to China to Singapore to Brazil. THE has also broken down institutions by subject, including Arts & Humanities; Clinical, Pre-Clinical, & Health; Engineering & Technology; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Social Sciences.