World University Ranking 2015

World University Ranking 2015

World University Ranking 2015 -
A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has predicted that the number of international students in the world would grow by a massive 60% in the next decade. With the number, currently standing at 5 million, students across the globe are increasingly exploring newer destinations for their higher education.

Interestingly, an international education is no longer seen as a luxury but a necessity. This is reflected by the fact that that the total number of outbound international students from upper-middle-income economies jumped 161% between 2000 and 2012. In fact, the growth of the middle class which earlier found it hard to afford education at a foreign country has been a major force driving growth in the Study Abroad market.

In order to help the students to make the best choice, we are providing the list of top universities in the world 2015 based on the ranking conducted by three agencies named:

While USA is losing slowly its dominance in the World University Rankings 2015, it still maintains its stronghold among the top universities with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and Caltech making it to the top of the three league tables.

Among the other countries, European countries like Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany have made major headways in the league tables.

The top universities in the world ranking list feature the best universities in the World 2015 in addition to country-wise ranking for 18 countries.


Click on the links below to know the top universities in the world 2015:



While the overall methodology for the World University Rankings 2015 remain more or less the same, the parameters for the three ranking agencies differ.

Here are the methodologies followed by THE, QS and ARWU to arrive at the World university ranking 2015.

Time Higher Education:

THE uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators which are grouped into the following 5 categories:

  • Teaching – This indicator focuses on the learning environment of the institution.

  • Research – This includes the volume, income and reputation of the research of the university.

  • Citations – Citations reflect the number of times the universities work has been cited by independent bodies beyond the university. It maps the research influence of the university.

  • International outlook- International outlook mainly focuses on the ratio of international staff, students and work on foreign research.

  • Industry income - This indicator, basically, analyses the knowledge transferred to the sector in which the university has conducted research on.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

QS rankings are based on 6 performance indicators. They are:

  • Academic reputation – This is based on a survey of academics where they are asked to identify the institutions where the best work is taking place in his domain.

  • Employer reputation – This indicator takes into account an employer’s perception of the university and the kind of graduates it produces.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio- This indicator checks whether the university has a balanced student faculty ratio or not.

  • Citations per faculty – Same as THE rankings, citations reflect the number of times the universities work has been cited by independent bodies beyond the university.

  • International faculty ratio- This indicator checks the internalization of the university through the number of international faculty in the institute.

  • International student ratio - This indicator checks the internalization of the university through the number of international students in the institute.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

ARWU considers universities that have Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, Highly Cited Researchers, or papers published in Nature or Science. The indicators are:

  • Quality of Education – This takes into account anyalumni of the institution who have won Nobel Prizes or Medals in their respective fields.

  • Quality of Faculty – This indicator reflects the academic quality of the faculty in the university. Whether theyhave won awards or have been cited by research works.

  • Research Output- This checks the number of papers published by the university and their quality.

  • Per Capita Performance - Per capita academic performance of an institution. It is assessed by dividing the score obtained by all the three above given indicators by the number of full-time equivalent academic staff.

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First Published On : 12 Oct 2015 03:17 PM IST
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