Times Higher Education World University Rankings
University rankings are always controversial and receive a great deal of criticism. Much of this criticism is valid. There is at least one global university ranking system, however, that is seeking to capture a wider range of university activities and striving to see past simplistic research-driven tables. That system is the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, powered by data from Thomson Reuters.
Significantly, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings only rank the world’s top 200 institutions in recognition of the fact that the deeper you go, the smaller the data differentials and the more you risk comparing apples with oranges. This in turn has the potential of distorting universities’ missions and encouraging uniformity. As the rankings database grows, we will seek to work harder to ensure that we compare, as far as possible, apples with other apples.