2020 Top Best Universities in the World According to Times Higher Education

Find the top best universities in the world this year 2020 by going through the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings data.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, released on 11 September 2019, has revealed the world’s top universities.

A UK university has taken the top spot: the University of Oxford. There is now a new world number two, with the California Institute of Technology climbing three places from last year to second place.

In total, 92 countries are represented in the ranking and 27 of these have at least one university in the top 200.

Both in terms of the overall ranking and the highest positions, the US and the UK are well represented. Japan and China are among the best represented countries in the ranking but they fall behind other nations, such as Germany and the Netherlands, for universities in the top 200.

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The results are calculated using 13 performance indicators underlying five metrics: research, teaching, research influence, industry income and international outlook.

2020 Top Best Universities in the World According to Times Higher Education

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1. University of Oxford

One of the most prestigious universities in the UK has come out on top for the fourth year running.

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the UK and one of the best known in the world.

There are more than 20,000 students at Oxford, with an almost equal number of undergraduates and postgraduates.

About 95 per cent of Oxford graduates are either employed or in postgraduate study within six months of completing their studies.

Admission is extremely competitive; on average the university receives five applications for every place.

The university employs staff from just under 100 different countries and foreign citizens make up about 40 per cent of the student and academic body.

2. California Institute of Technology

One of the most striking features of Caltech is its unusually small size; only around 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 postgraduates are enrolled there. The college boasts a high student-to-staff ratio.

Caltech aims to foster an interdisciplinary environment in which students learn about and tackle the most challenging and fundamental scientific or technological problems.

The institution was founded as Throop University in 1891. It assumed its current name in 1920.

There were 6,506 applicants for the entry class graduating in 2019 and 99 per cent of the students accepted across all years were in the top 10 per cent of their high school class.

More than half of Caltech students receive need-based financial support. The average financial aid package is $38,983 (£29,890).

Caltech’s mascot is a beaver, “nature’s engineer”.

Among the unusual features of the university are the customary cookie break taken every Thursday by physicists and their students, and the university’s status as a distributor of olive oil.

3. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge operates a collegiate system, much like the University of Oxford. Almost all of the 18,000 students belong to a college or hall, where they have the option to live, study and sleep on site.

There are 31 colleges and 150 academic departments at Cambridge.

The university has a long and prestigious history dating back to 1209, when scholars in Oxford fled to Cambridge after clashes with local people.

Many famous politicians, cultural figures and scientists spent time in Cambridge, including Isaac Newton and John Harvard, who would go on to found Harvard University.

Every college has unique traditions and all students matriculate in a formal ceremony when arriving at the university.

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4. Stanford University

Stanford has generated many start-ups and entrepreneurs and was partly responsible for the development of the surrounding Silicon Valley.

Many students go on to achieve great things; 17 Nobel laureates are affiliated with Stanford.

The large campus is home to 97 per cent of undergraduates and nearly 700 university buildings, alongside museums, gardens and recreational centres.

There are just under 7,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduates at the university, with a 7:1 student-to-staff ratio.

Research at Stanford has a $1.22 billion budget and more than 5,000 of the projects are externally funded.

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded mid-19th century and has always endeavoured to provide financial aid to students on a needs basis.

The very first architecture classes anywhere in the US were taught at MIT. The first female student, Ellen Swallow Richards, was admitted to the chemistry department in 1871.

Just two years later, the first international student – from Canada – graduated from MIT.

The campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, includes 18 student residences, many gardens and public works of art.

Admission to the university is extremely selective; only 8 per cent of applicants won a place in the graduating class of 2019.

Graduates are employed by top companies, including Google, Amazon and Apple.

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Top 200 universities in the world 2020


 World University Rank 2020 World University rank 2019UniversityCountry/region
 1 1University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
 2 5California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
 3 2University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
 4 3Stanford UniversityUnited States
 5 4Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
 6 7Princeton UniversityUnited States
 7 6Harvard UniversityUnited States
 8 8Yale UniversityUnited States
 9 10University of ChicagoUnited States
 10 9Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
 11 =12University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
 12 =12Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
 =13 15University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
 =13 11ETH ZurichSwitzerland
 15 14UCLUnited Kingdom
 16 16Columbia UniversityUnited States
 17 17University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
 18 21University of TorontoCanada
 19 19Cornell UniversityUnited States
 20 18Duke UniversityUnited States
 21 20University of Michigan-Ann ArborUnited States
 22 25Northwestern UniversityUnited States
 23 22Tsinghua UniversityChina
 24 31Peking UniversityChina
 25 23National University of SingaporeSingapore
 26 28University of WashingtonUnited States
 =27 24Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
 =27 26London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
 29 27New York UniversityUnited States
 30 29University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
 31 30University of California, San DiegoUnited States
 =32 =32LMU MunichGermany
 =32 =32University of MelbourneAustralia
 34 37University of British ColumbiaCanada
 35 36University of Hong KongHong Kong
 =36 38King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
 =36 42The University of TokyoJapan
 =38 35École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
 =38 34Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
 =38 39University of Texas at AustinUnited States
 41 40Karolinska InstituteSweden
 42 =44McGill UniversityCanada
 43 =44Technical University of MunichGermany
 44 47Heidelberg UniversityGermany
 =45 48KU LeuvenBelgium
 =45 41Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University ParisFrance
 47 41The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
 =48 50University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
 =48 51Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore
 50 49Australian National UniversityAustralia
 51 43University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States
 52 54Washington University in St LouisUnited States
 53 53Brown UniversityUnited States
 54 56University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited States
 =55 =59University of California, DavisUnited States
 =55 57University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
 =57 52University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
 =57 53Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
 59 =59Wageningen University & ResearchNetherlands
 60 =59University of SydneyAustralia
 61 =74Boston UniversityUnited States
 =62 62University of AmsterdamNetherlands
 =62 66University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
 64 63Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
 65 65Kyoto UniversityJapan
 66 69University of QueenslandAustralia
 =67 58Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
 =67 68Leiden UniversityNetherlands
 69 70Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
 70 =71Ohio State University (Main campus)United States
 71 =96UNSW SydneyAustralia
 72 77McMaster UniversityCanada
 73 =79University of GroningenNetherlands
 74 67Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
 =75 =84Monash UniversityAustralia
 =75 =74Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
 77 =79University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
 78 81Penn State (Main campus)United States
 79 =71University of MinnesotaUnited States
 =80 =90Charité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinGermany
 =80 =84Emory UniversityUnited States
 =80 =93University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina
 =80 73Sorbonne UniversityFrance
 84 =93Michigan State UniversityUnited States
 85 =90University of MontrealCanada
 86 76University of FreiburgGermany
 87 78University of BristolUnited Kingdom
 88 64Purdue University West LafayetteUnited States
 89 =82Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)South Korea
 90 =90University of ZurichSwitzerland
 =91 =82University of Maryland, College ParkUnited States
 =91 89University of TübingenGermany
 93 108École PolytechniqueFrance
 =94 103University of BaselSwitzerland
 =94 =99Dartmouth CollegeUnited States
 =96 =96University of California, IrvineUnited States
 =96 =99University of HelsinkiFinland
 =96 98Lund UniversitySweden
 =99 =93University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
 =99 =87RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
 101 =116University of CopenhagenDenmark
 =102 109Georgetown UniversityUnited States
 =102 =87Uppsala UniversitySweden
 104 =159University of ArizonaUnited States
 =105 =110University of BonnGermany
 =105 86Rice UniversityUnited States
 =107 107University of Virginia (Main campus)United States
 =107 101Zhejiang UniversityChina
 109 104Fudan UniversityChina
 =110 102Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)South Korea
 =110 130Queen Mary University of LondonUnited Kingdom
 112 =116University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
 =113 =110University of BernSwitzerland
 =113 =110University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campusUnited States
 115 =123Aarhus UniversityDenmark
 116 =121Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
 =117 104Free University of BerlinGermany
 =117 106University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
 119 =132Case Western Reserve UniversityUnited States
 =120 =135University of AdelaideAustralia
 =120 170National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
 122 118University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
 123 =143Ghent UniversityBelgium
 124 =114University of Colorado BoulderUnited States
 125 =123University of GöttingenGermany
 126 =110City University of Hong KongHong Kong
 127 =128Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
 =128 =123Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
 =128 119University of YorkUnited Kingdom
 130 NRUniversity of ParisFrance
 =131 =121University of OsloNorway
 =131 134University of Western AustraliaAustralia
 133 =114Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom
 =134 =146Indiana UniversityUnited States
 =134 =143University of ViennaAustria
 =136 =132University of AlbertaCanada
 =136 =156University of Cape TownSouth Africa
 138 166Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamNetherlands
 =139 =146Lancaster UniversityUnited Kingdom
 =139 152Tufts UniversityUnited States
 =141 =176University of OttawaCanada
 =141 =149Ulm UniversityGermany
 143 =135Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
 =144 =135University of GenevaSwitzerland
 =144 134Nanjing UniversityChina
 =146 141University of ExeterUnited Kingdom
 =146 142Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)South Korea
 =146 =161University of SussexUnited Kingdom
 =149 =135University of HamburgGermany
 =149 =153Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – PisaItaly
 =149 131Technical University of BerlinGermany
 =152 =128Université Catholique de LouvainBelgium
 =152 =149University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
 =152 =161Scuola Normale Superiore di PisaItaly
 =155 =123Arizona State University (Tempe)United States
 =155 =153University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
 =157 145Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
 =157 =146University of CologneGermany
 =157 =123University of MannheimGermany
 =157 173University of Notre DameUnited States
 =157 189Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
 =157 151TU DresdenGermany
 163 =159University of WürzburgGermany
 164 120Trinity College DublinRepublic of Ireland
 165 =181University of LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
 =166 201–250Bielefeld UniversityGermany
 =166 =167University of LeicesterUnited Kingdom
 =168 158University of AberdeenUnited Kingdom
 =168 180University of BolognaItaly
 =168 =176Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyUnited States
 171 159Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
 172 179University of Alabama at BirminghamUnited States
 =173 =184Northeastern UniversityUnited States
 =173 =163University of RochesterUnited States
 =175 =156University of FloridaUnited States
 =175 =135Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
 =175 =153Stockholm UniversitySweden
 178 =171Texas A&M UniversityUnited States
 =179 201–250University of AucklandNew Zealand
 =179 =167University of California, Santa CruzUnited States
 =179 198Korea UniversitySouth Korea
 =179 201–250Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia
 183 175University of Erlangen-NurembergGermany
 =184 =181Aalto UniversityFinland
 =184 =163Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
 =186 =167Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
 =186 201–250University of GothenburgSweden
 188 NRTélécom ParisFrance
 =189 =199Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussian Federation
 =189 =184University of MünsterGermany
 =189 201–250Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
 192 =190University of East AngliaUnited Kingdom
 193 251–300University of CanberraAustralia
 =194 =190University of Duisburg-EssenGermany
 =194 196University of Technology SydneyAustralia
 =194 201–250University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa
 197 201–250Yonsei University (Seoul campus)South Korea
 =198 201–250University of AntwerpBelgium
 =198 =187Cardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
 =198 =181George Washington UniversityUnited States
 =198 =176University of LausanneSwitzerland
 =198 165University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom






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