It is a constantly changing ranking order but this is how they stand today and the reasons for that as far as the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE)‘s ranking exercise is concerned. Majority of the toughest universities retained their position, baring a few shifts in position up or down. That may not be where the big news might be but in the question of which countries are represented in the first twenty five, for instance. The list would show the US which has a total of 16 out of the 25.
It is followed by the UK which has four, then China which has two, Switzerland and Canada which have one each and Singapore which also has one. The totality leaves the US as the uncontested world intellectual power where the 2nd to the 5th and 7th to the 10th toughest universities are located. That also means that eight out of the toughest ten of the top twenty five universities are American universities, a tremendous amount of power.
Australia is not in the top 25 but it is so close, with the University of Melbourne at 31st position, one notch higher than last year. Still in Australia is the dramatic change of position between the University of Sydney and the Australian National University, (ANU). Sydney which was 60th last year moved up into 51st this year while ANU moved from 50th last year to 59th. The most dramatic from Australia must be the movement of Monash University from the 75th position in 2020 ranking to 64th position in 2021. That’s remarkable.
Two universities in Canada are also remarkable. While the University of British Columbia retains its 34th position in both 2020 and 2021, McGill University is moving from 42nd position in 2020 to 40th position in 2021.
From Africa comes three universities but from the 155th position taken by the University of Cape Town, down from 136th in 2021; the University of Witwatersrand pushed into the 201-250 category from its 194th position in 2020 and then the University of Stellenbosch which retained its position in the 251 – 300 as in 2020. These are the front rank universities from the continent.
And so on and so forth.
The ranking does not show the best universities as there is nothing like best unities. What they show are the most active universities in certain areas of emphasis, especially emphasis by employers of labour.
The 2022 ranking exercise might have more precise details of the impact of COVID-19 on the universities across the world and the innovations that might have come on board in coping with the impacts. That process is still too fluid at the moment.
|No. of FTE Students||No. of students per staff||International Students||Female:Male Ratio|
|1||University of Oxford||20,774||11.1||41%||46 : 54|
|2||Stanford University||16,223||7.4||23%||44 : 56|
|3||Harvard University||21,261||9.3||25%||49 : 51|
|4||California Institute of Technology||2,238||6.3||33%||36 : 64|
|5||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||11,276||8.4||34%||39 : 61|
|6||University of Cambridge||19,370||11.0||38%||47 : 53|
|7||University of California, Berkeley||39,918||19.8||17%||51 : 49|
|8||Yale University||12,910||6.0||20%||50 : 50|
|9||Princeton University||8,091||8.0||23%||46 : 54|
|10||University of Chicago||14,292||5.9||31%||46 : 54|
|11||Imperial College London||17,176||11.6||58%||39 : 61|
|12||Johns Hopkins University||16,432||4.4||27%||52 : 48|
|13||University of Pennsylvania||20,771||6.4||21%||52 : 48|
|14||ETH Zurich||19,632||13.1||40%||32 : 68|
|15||University of California, Los Angeles||41,673||10.0||17%||55 : 45|
|16||UCL||34,590||10.8||55%||57 : 43|
|18||University of Toronto||74,502||20.0||22%||59 : 41|
|19||Cornell University||23,016||10.2||25%||50 : 50|
|=20||Duke University||15,489||4.3||21%||49 : 51|
|=20||Tsinghua University||37,484||11.6||13%||34 : 66|
|22||University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||43,873||8.3||17%||50 : 50|
|23||Peking University||38,583||11.1||16%||43 : 57|
|24||Northwestern University||18,529||13.0||19%||49 : 51|
|25||National University of Singapore||30,943||18.0||26%||50 : 50|