Which university comes first in the world?
These are the best universities in the world
| by Anne-Katrin Schwanitz | Panorama, studies
Oxford University in the UK is the best university in the world. This was determined by the current Times Higher Education Ranking. In second place is the American Stanford University, which has made up two places compared to the previous year. In third place is also a veteran among the universities - Harvard University.
A total of 93 countries or regions are represented in the ranking, and 27 of them have at least one university in the top 200.
The USA and Great Britain are well represented both in the overall ranking and in the highest positions. Japan and China are among the best represented countries in the rankings, but they fall behind other nations such as Germany, Australia and the Netherlands in the top 200 universities. Almost only US and British universities are among the top 25, with the exception of one Swiss university, namely ETH Zurich in Switzerland (14th place), the University of Toronto in Canada (18th place) and Tsinghua University in China (20th place), the University of Beijing (23rd place) and the National University of Singapore (25th place).
The results are calculated using 13 performance indicators based on five metrics: research (in particular: volume, income and reputation), teaching (in particular: learning environment), research influence, industrial income (in particular, knowledge transfer beyond the university) and international outlook . More detailed information on the methodology can be found here.
Oxford University is the oldest university in Great Britain and one of the most famous in the world. More than 20,000 students study there and just as many postgraduates. Approximately 95 percent of Oxford graduates are employed or in postgraduate studies within six months of completing their studies.
If you want to be accepted into Oxford, you have to compete with many other applicants: On average, the university receives five applications for a study place. The university employs staff from nearly 100 countries, and foreign nationals make up about 40 percent of its students and academics.
US universities have produced numerous Nobel Prize winners
Anyone studying in Oxford benefits from time-honored walls on a beautiful campus (here Lady Margret Hall; Photo: Dorian Le Sénéchal - unsplash.com)
Stanford University has produced many entrepreneurs and start-ups and was partly responsible for the development of the surrounding Silicon Valley. The university has so far produced 17 Nobel Prize winners.
There are just under 7,000 undergraduate and 9,000 postgraduate students at the university. 97 percent of the students currently enrolled also live on the campus, which includes almost 700 university buildings as well as museums, gardens and recreation centers. Research at Stanford has a budget of $ 1.22 billion and more than 5,000 of the projects are externally funded.
Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and has led the Times Higher Education Reputation Ranking for nine years in a row. It is also part of the Ivy League, a group of eight private universities in the US that are highly regarded. The college was founded in 1636 and is the oldest university in the United States.
This alma mater has produced more than 45 Nobel Prize winners, at least 30 heads of state and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners. Thirteen US presidents hold honorary doctorates from the institution; the youngest of which was awarded to John F. Kennedy in 1956.
The best German universities are in Munich
According to the Times Higher Education Ranking, LMU Munich scores best among German universities. In the global overall rating, it is at least 32nd. And the second best German university is also located in Bavaria's capital. The federal capital Berlin also has two universities in the top 8 in Germany: Charité University Medicine and Humboldt University.
The winner among the German universities this year is the university in Tübingen, which climbs two places up.
You can find more infographics at Statista
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