The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-11 were developed in concert with a new data provider, Thomson Reuters, with input from more than 50 leading figures in the sector from 15 countries across every continent, and through 10 months of extensive consultation.
The rankings of the top universities across the globe employ 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities, from teaching to research to knowledge transfer. These 13 elements are brought together into five headline categories, which are:
Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30% of the overall ranking score)
Research — volume, income and reputation (worth 30%)
Citations — research influence (worth 32.5%)
Industry income — innovation (worth 2.5%)
International mix — staff and students (worth 5%).
The overall top 200 ranking and the six tables showing the top 50 institutions by subject were based on criteria and weightings that were carefully selected after extensive consultation.
This year sees the US eclipses all other countries taking seven of the top 10 spots, more than half the top 50 places (27) and has a total of 72 institutions in the top 200 table. It has more than twice as many universities represented in the top 200 as its nearest rival, the UK, which has 29.
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