World Class University

An Overview

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (WUR) are the only global performance tables that judge research intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, research influence, international outlook and knowledge transfer. It uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators, listed below, to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

The basic methodology for this year’s rankings is similar to that employed since the 2011 – 2012 tables, but we have made important changes to the underlying data sources, notably deriving bibliometrics from Elsevier’s Scopus database from 2015 – 2016 onwards.

The performance indicators are grouped into five areas:

o Reputation Survey – Teaching
o Academic Staff-to-Student Ratio
o Doctorates Awarded / Undergraduate Degrees Awarded
o Doctorates Awarded / Academic Staff
o Institutional Income / Academic Staff

o Reputation Survey – Research
o Research Income / Academic Staff
o Publications / Staff (Academic Staff + Research Staff)

o Field Weighted Citation Impact

o Proportion of International Students
o Proportion of International Academic Staff
o International co-authorship (International Publications / Publications Total)

Research income from industry & commerce / Academic Staff