The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 have been released. Over 121 million citations from over 15.5 million research publications were analyzed for this year’s ranking, including survey responses from 40,000 experts worldwide. In total, more than 2,500 institutions provided more than 680,000 datapoints for the compilation.
The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has topped the overall rankings for the seventh year running. Harvard University has retained the second overall ranking, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University sharing the third place.
Nepal still ranks at 801-1000 worldwide, with Tribhuvan University making the list. Other universities of Nepal have not yet been represented in the THE World University rankings. Tribhuvan University has now been in the ranking for five consecutive years.
Tribhuvan University joined the ranking in 2019 with a position of 801–1000, and again in 2020 when it dropped to 1000+. According to last year’s ranking, the university rose to a position between 801 and 1000. It has clung to the 800-1000 place once more this year.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, is the Indian university with the highest ranking, remaining in the 251-200 position, improving from the last year’s 301-350 position.
The largest global ranking shows that US universities’ dominance in research is decreasing. With 179 universities, the United States is the most represented country overall, as well as the most represented in the top 200 with 57, despite the fact that the proportion of universities in this exclusive group is declining. Last year’s rankings had 183 universities in the States ranked, showing a decrease in the no of universities listed this year.
Similarly, with the University of Minnesota, the University of Maryland, College Park, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and Dartmouth College all dropping out of the top 100, the US now has 34 universities in the top 100, down from 38 last year and 41 five years ago. With seven universities in the top 100, up from six last year and three five years ago, China has increased its representation in the rankings.
China is also coming up regarding research quality, as indicated by citations. China’s average citation score notably climbed over the past year, rising from 55.6 to 58.0, whereas the US score somewhat decreased, falling from 70.0 to 69.4.
THE World University Rankings 2023 rank 1799 universities from 104 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.