The THES-QS Top 200 Universities Ranking, which is published by The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is one of the world’s most popular university rankings published annually.
Since its inaugural listing in 2004, the THES-QS ranking has been highly anticipated by students, staff, alumni and the school management worldwide to see their favourite and their own university standing.
The ranking is determined according to a set of criteria, including peer review score, faculty score, recruiter assessment and review, student score and facilities.
The new list published today is no different with online users flocking its official website for the latest, 2008/2009 ranking. In the latest table, the usual suspects, led by Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, Oxford and Caltech are in the top 5 charge. Harvard, in particular, has been topping the THES-QS University Ranking for its 5th time in a row. It also does not come as a surprise to see the top ten are all occupied by universities from the United States and United Kingdom.
Top ten ranking (the bracket denotes the previous year’s position):
- Harvard University, US (1)
- Yale University, US (2)
- Cambridge University, UK (=2)
- Oxford University, UK (=2)
- California Institute of Technology, Caltech, US (=7)
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK (5)
- University College London, UCL, UK (9)
- University of Chicago, US (=7)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, US (10)
- Columbia University, US (11)
However, this year’s table saw the British universities losing their grip with its flagship universities Oxford and Cambridge dropping their place from joint second place last year. Overall, only 17 universities from the UK made it to the top 100 this year, compared to 19 previously.
Additionally, Australia (Australian National University), Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto universities), Canada (McGill), Switzerland (ETH Zurich), Hong Kong (HK University), France (Ecole) and Singapore (National University of Singapore) have representatives in the top 30. Other surprise entry also includes the Chulalongkorn University of Thailand, which has shown progression in climbing up from its previous rank of 223 to 166.
Despite recently been praised by the UNESCO for its effort in improving the national education, Malaysia continues to lose out from the race with its main universities, Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia, which recently attained the Apex University status, are nowhere to be seen in the top 200 list.