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Top universities in the world 2016/2017


Top universities in the world 2016/2017

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 list the 980 top universities in the world, making it the biggest international league table to date. It is the only global university performance table to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

This report looks at only 5% from the top universities in the world and higher education institutions worldwide, it take in consideration 79 countries however the distribution of the universities is so much diverse than this, if you look at the map below, it’s clear that the US is taking it over with over 60 universities in the top 200 list which make one country dominates report!




As reported in the world economic forum report  ” The domination in the rankings of Northern American universities is clear. During the previous 12 years no other nation has made it to first place, and the top 10 has consistently featured a majority of US institutions. In 2016, 148 US universities made the rankings, and 63 made it into the top 200 “


With 91 on the list coming from the UK, it’s marked as the home for top universities in the world and more precisely in Europe, however the Brexit make it really challenging to proceed your career in the UK if you are an international student,  The one other country to make it into the top 10 is Switzerland, whose university ETH Zurich appeared in ninth place. (Nine other Swiss universities make the overall ranking.)

Germany, Italy, France and Spain all have more than 26 universities in the rankings. But as the Times Higher Education notes, many European nations are “losing ground as Asia continues its ascent”.


As mentioned in the report of the world economic forum, however western universities continue to dominate the highest spots, Asian institutions have been gaining ground. Overall, 289 Asian universities, from 24 countries, made it into the rankings – 19 of which reached the top 200, up from 15 the previous year.

The region’s best performing university has reached a new high this year. The National University of Singapore made it to 24th place, an increase of two positions.

China has more than 50 institutions in the rankings, and its leading establishment, Peking University, moved into 29th place, from 42nd last year.

Japan is Asia’s most represented nation, with 69 universities in the rankings. The University of Tokyo, Japan’s highest-ranking institution, just made it into the top 40, in 39th place.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong is home to five top 200 universities.

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