Although 2010-11 is the seventh year that Times Higher Education has published its annual rankings, these tables represent a new level of sophistication. The top 200 list and the six subject tables we are publishing should be considered the first of a new annual series, for we have completely overhauled the methodology to deliver our most rigorous, transparent and reliable rankings tables ever.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-11 were developed in concert with our new rankings 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. We believe we have created the gold standard in international university performance comparisons.
Our rankings of the top universities across the globe employ 13 separate performance indicatorsdesigned 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 per cent of the overall ranking score)
Research — volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)
Citations — research influence (worth 32.5 per cent)
Industry income — innovation (worth 2.5 per cent)
International mix — staff and students (worth 5 per cent).
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. All of them drew on our exceptionally rich data set. Of course, we recognise that different people have different interests and priorities. So to allow everyone to make the most of our data and gain a personalised view of global higher education, the tables on this site can be fully manipulated and sorted. With this feature, users may rank institutions by their performance in any one of the five broad headline categories to create bespoke tables or make regional comparisons via our area analyses.
Engineering and technology also features more Asian institutions than any other of our subject rankings, reflecting the region's high levels of investment. The top Asian institution in the table is the National University of Singapore in 16th position.
The engineering and technology table is dominated not just by a single country, the US, but by a single state in that country — California.
Three of the top five in the table are from the Golden State, home to the global centre for high-technology business, Silicon Valley. The California Institute of Technology is in first place; Stanford University is third; and the University of California, Berkeley is fifth.
In total, seven Californian institutions make the top 50.
America's East Coast also features strongly, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in second place and Princeton University in fourth.
But the table also highlights the growing global challenge to US dominance in this area. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, breaks into the top 10 in seventh.
World's TOP 50 BEST ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITIES List of 2010
SUBJECT RANK, INSTITUTION, COUNTRY / REGION, Engineering and Technology OVERALL SCORE change
1. California Institute of Technology, United States, 95.9; 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, 94.7; 3. Stanford University, United States, 93; 4. Princeton University, United States, 91.3; 5. University of California Berkeley, United States, 90.5; 6. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 87.8; 7. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland, 87.2; 8. University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 85.9; 9. Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 85.8; 10. Georgia Institute of Technology, United States, 83.2; 11. Carnegie Mellon University, United States, 82.3; 12. Cornell University, United States, 80.9; 13. University of Toronto, Canada, 80.1; 14. University of Michigan, United States, 79.5; 15. University of Illinois - Urbana, United States, 77.8; 16. National University of Singapore, Singapore, 77.5; 17. University of California Santa Barbara, United States, 75.4; 18. Northwestern University, United States, 75; 19. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 72.3; 20. Tsinghua University, China, 71.3; 20. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 71.3; 22. University of Tokyo, Japan, 70.4; 22. Ecole Polytechnique, France, 70.4; 24. École Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne, Switzerland, 69.4; 25. Peking University, China, 69.1; 26. University of Massachusetts, United States, 67.5; 27. University of Minnesota, United States, 67; 28. Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, 66.4; 29. Brown University, United States, 64.7; 30. University of Melbourne, Australia, 64.4; 31. University of California San Diego, United States, 63.6; 32. Rice University, United States, 63.5; 33. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 63.2; 34. Purdue University, United States, 62.8; 34. University of Wisconsin, United States, 62.8; 34. Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France, 62.8; 37. University of Queensland Australia, Australia, 62.3; 38. University of British Columbia, Canada, 62.1; 38. University of Freiburg, Germany, 62.1; 40. University of Sydney, Australia, 61.6; 41. University of Southern California, United States, 60.9; 42. University of California Davis, United States, 60.7; 43. Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom, 60.6; 44. Australian National University, Australia, 60.4; 45. University of Science and Technology of China, China, 60.2; 46. National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 60.1; 47. University of Notre Dame, United States, 59.9; 48. Nanjing University, China, 59.7; 49. Bielefeld University, Germany, 58; 50. Ohio State University, United States, 57.4;
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