World University Rankings 2015-2016

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The basic methodology employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons.

The 5 Performance Indicators Groups are:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer).

Top 10 University Ranking 2015 - 2016

Ranking – 2015-2016 InstitutionCountry
1California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
2University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
3Stanford UniversityUnited States
4University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
5Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
6Harvard UniversityUnited States
7Princeton UniversityUnited States
8Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
9ETH Zurich - Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
10University of ChicagoUnited States

Asia gains new number one

Singapore takes top spot in Asia. The National University of Singapore is the number one institution in Asia. This is the first time Singapore has claimed the continent’s top spot in the rankings’ 12-year history.

NUS is in 26th position overall in the rankings, with the next highest Asian institutions – China’s Peking University and Japan’s University of Tokyo – taking 42nd and 43rd place respectively.


View the full methodology, along with the World University Rankings 2015-2016 top 800.


Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings