Times Higher Education World Uni Rankings 2017-2019. A review

Last month Times Higher Education published the latest World University Rankings¬†(WUR) with the top 1258 Universities in the world. Compared to the last year’s tables, the 2019 World University Rankings include 156 Universities more. We crunched the data and we created an infographic taking also under cosideration the WUR tables of the last 2 years.

Key findings

– In the 2019 tables are represented 85 countries compared to the 80 countries in the 2017 tables. This is also due to the increase of the number of Universities (from 981 in 2017 to 1258 in 2019).
– Latin America has seen the number of its Universities double in the tables (from 43 in 2017 to 87 in 2019) within the last 2 years.
– Asia is on the rise and the gap between the number of asian Universities and the number of european Universities appearing in the tables is shrinking. If it continues in that rate, Asia may overtake Europe in terms of number of Universities in the tables within the next 2 years.
– Japan (103 Universities) is now second behind the US (173) and above the UK (98) in the top 5 countries with the most Universities in the WUR.
– India (49) surpassed this year Germany (47) in the number of Universities appearing in the charts.
– OECD countries seem to lose some of their market share. 72% of all the Universities in the WUR 2017 tables were in the OECD member countries. In the latest tables only 67% of the Universities are in a OECD member country. And what is a loss for the OECD countries is a -slight- gain for the BRICS (from 14.5% in 2017 to 16% in 2019). The big winner is Universities from the rest of the world (their share grew from 13.4% in 2017 to 16.8% in 2019).

Who said Higher Education is not global?

Thank you very much for reading! Enjoy!

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ARWU 2003-2017. An Infographic

Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) is a list of top Universities published every year since 2003 by ShanghaiRankings Consultancy. It is also one of the oldest if not the oldest Ranking tables for World’s top Universities.

We had a look at the 2003-2017 and we put together a nice infographic. Until 2016 ShanghaiRankings COnsultancy was listing the top 500 Universities in the World. In the latest tables the top 800 Universities are included. Although we do not consider ourselves experts in World Higher Education, it is obvious from the analysis that:

– Quality of Higher Education Institutions has improved over the years. Since 2003 the number of countries with at least 1 University appearing on the tables has increase gradually (from 39 in 2003 to 45 up to 2016 and to 56 in the 2017 tables).

– Some countries have seen the number of their Universities remaining more or less the same. For example there were 42 German Universities in the 2003 tables and 38 Universities in 2016 tables. UK Universities show a similar trend.

– Other countries have seen the number of their Universities declining. There were 38 Japanese Universities in the 2003 tables. In 2016 only 16 Universities from Japan were in the top 500 Universities.

– A few countries have seen the number of their Universities increasing. In 2003 Australia had 13 Universities in the top 500. In 2016 23 Australian Universities made it to the top 500 world Universities. Higher Education in China has seen major improvement since 2003. In 2003 ARWU tables only 8 Universities were included in the world’s top 500 Universities. In 2016 41 Chinese Universities made it to the top 500. In 2017 ARWU tables China is in 2nd place in terms of number of Universities, followed by UK and Germany.

– Since 2003 the percentage of Universities from the OECD member countries in the ARWU tables has been declining (from 93% in 2003 to 77% in 2017). BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa- have seen a gradual increase in the number of Universities ( from 4% in 2003 to 15% in 2017). Also more Universities from countries that are not in the OECD or BRICS made it to tables (from 2.6 % in 2003 to 7% in 2017). More Universities from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Thailand can be seen in the World’s top Universities of the last few years.

– The increase in the quality of Higher Education in Asia is also obvious from our final pie chart of our infographic. There are more Asian Universities in the latest ARWU rakings than Universities from North America. European Universities are still in the 1st place.

The increase in the number of Universities from China making it to the World’s top Universities has been highlighted before in our analysis-infographic of the World University rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and in our infographic-analysis of the World University Rankings published by Times Higher Education

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QS World University Rankings 2015-2018. An Infographic

We love data. And because we love data we are trying to make interesting infographics describing trends in global education. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is an independent organisation specialising in global education. Every year they publish the World University Rankings, a table with the best Universities in the world. We created an infographic that includes data from the latest table and also all the World University Rankings since 2015.

The trends show an increase in quality of higher education in Asia with an increase in the numbers of Universities from Japan and China. China is currently in the 6th place in terms of numbers of Universities appearing in the latest tables and has recently surpassed Australia. While China had only 27 Universities in the tables published in 2015, today there are 40 Chinese Universities in the latest World University Rankings. Japan follows the same trend and since 2014 Japanese Universities appearing in the tables have increased from 37 to 43.


2018 THEunirankings vs 2017 THEunirankings. An infographic comparison.

This week Times Higher Education published the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings with the top 1102 Universities in the world. We compared the 2017 and 2018 tables and we made this nice infographic. Enjoy!