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.
European and North American universities lead the top 50 table for clinical, pre-clinical and health-related subjects.
This dominance is unsurprising, given that these regions account for more than 90 per cent of all Nobel laureates in physiology and medicine.
Harvard University, which claims first place, saw one of its academics share the most recent Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Jack W. Szostak, a professor of genetics, was honoured alongside Carol W. Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (seventh in this table) and Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco.
The highest-rated Asian university in this category is the University of Hong Kong, the territory's oldest higher education institution.
World's TOP 50 BEST Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health UNIVERSITIES List of 2010
SUBJECT RANK, INSTITUTION, COUNTRY / REGION, Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health OVERALL SCORE change
1. Harvard University, United States, 93.3; 2. Stanford University, United States, 91; 3. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 90.3; 4. University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 90.2; 5. Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 88.5; 6. Yale University, United States, 88; 7. Johns Hopkins University, United States, 87.9; 8. University of California Los Angeles, United States, 87.7; 9. Columbia University, United States, 86.6; 9. University College London, United Kingdom, 86.6; 11. University of California Berkeley, United States, 86.5; 12. University of Toronto, Canada, 85.7; 13. University of Washington, United States, 85.5; 14. Duke University, United States, 84.9; 15. University of Michigan, United States, 83.3; 16. University of Pennsylvania, United States, 82.9; 17. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, United States, 82.6; 18. University of Melbourne, Australia, 81.9; 19. McGill University, Canada, 81.4; 20. Washington University Saint Louis, United States, 81.1; 21. Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 80.5; 22. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 77.8; 23. University of Chicago, United States, 77.7; 24. University of Pittsburgh, United States, 77.2; 25. University of Sydney, Australia, 76.5; 26. University of California San Diego, United States, 75.6; 27. King's College London, United Kingdom, 75.5; 28. Cornell University, United States, 74.3; 29. University of British Columbia, Canada, 73.6; 30. McMaster University, Canada, 73.4; 31. Monash University, Australia, 72.9; 32. Emory University, United States, 72.8; 33. Boston University, United States, 72.6; 34. Tufts University, United States, 71.1; 35. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 70.9; 36. University of Massachusetts, United States, 70.7; 37. University of Tokyo, Japan, 69.6; 38. Vanderbilt University, United States, 69; 39. National University of Singapore, Singapore, 67.8; 40. University of Adelaide, Australia, 66.9; 41. University of California Irvine, United States, 66.8; 42. University of Queensland Australia, Australia, 66.4; 43. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 66.2; 44. Northwestern University, United States, 65.4; 45. University of Wisconsin, United States, 65.2; 45. University of Manchester, United Kingdom, 65.2; 47. University of Alberta, Canada, 64.1; 47. University of Auckland, New Zealand, 64.1; 49. University of Barcelona, Spain, 63.8; 50. University of Montreal, Canada, 63.7; 50. University of Southern California, United States, 63.7;
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