Ranking Of The World’s Best Universities Shows America’s Lead Is Slipping

A new ranking of the world’s best universities released Wednesday shows the United States’ traditional lead is slipping.

The Times Higher Education’s annual ranking of the top 200 universities worldwide includes 63 American institutions, down from 74 the year before. The U.S. still has 14 of the top 20 schools, however.

Times Higher Education, a London-based magazine, credited America’s slip to a “surge of innovative European and Chinese schools.” This year’s rankings are the most inclusive, looking at 800 institutions, and refined aspects of their methodology, explained on their website.

California Institute of Technology, or CalTech, was named the No. 1 school in the world, for the second year in a row. The United Kingdom’s biggest rivalry was won by the University of Oxford this year, as it beat the University of Cambridge, at No.s 2 and 4 respectively.

Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University follow up at third, fifth and sixth places. The University of California, Berkeley, at No. 13, is ranked the best public university from the U.S.

The rankings are based on a mix of teaching ratings, research, international outlook and citations by faculty.

The top 25 universities in the world in 2015-16, according to Times Higher Education:

Rank 2015-16

Institution

Country

1

California Institute of Technology

US

2

University of Oxford

UK

3

Stanford University

US

4

University of Cambridge

UK

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

US

6

Harvard University

US

7

Princeton University

US

8

Imperial College London

UK

9

ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Switzerland

10

University of Chicago

US

11

Johns Hopkins University

US

12

Yale University

US

13

University of California, Berkeley

US

14

University College London

UK

15

Columbia University

US

16

University of California, Los Angeles

US

17

University of Pennsylvania

US

18

Cornell University

US

19

University of Toronto

Canada

20

Duke University

US

21

University of Michigan

US

22

Carnegie Mellon University

US

23

London School of Economics and Political Science

UK

24

University of Edinburgh

UK

25

Northwestern University

US

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