Eight academic institutions in the US have been included in Times Higher Education’s list of 10 best universities in the world for 2022, led by the UK’s University of Oxford.
California Institute of Technology, which ranked number four last year, rose to the second spot tied Harvard with an overall score of 95. The private Ivy League research university in Massachusetts enjoys its highest position in the ranking since a new methodology was introduced in 2016.
Last year’s number two, Stanford University, dropped two places but retained a score of 94.9. One spot below the California-based private research institution is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which tied with the UK’s University of Cambridge.
Princeton University, University of California – Berkeley, Yale University, and the University of Chicago complete the list. Among these schools, Princeton enjoys the highest jump, from number nine last year to seven this year.
In the 2021 ranking, the US and UK also dominated the list, with Oxford and Stanford closely battling it out for first and second place.
Other US Universities Hailed
Columbia University has been recognized by Times as the 11th best university in the world, six places higher than its 17th place ranking last year.
Private research universities Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania were ranked 13th and 14th, respectively.
The University of California – Los Angeles, which has more than 42,000 full-time students, rounds off the top 20 best universities in the world.
Meanwhile, the report indicated that 57 higher education institutions in the US are included in the top 200 best universities for 2022. It also pointed out that academic institutions that have published medical research relating to COVID-19 “have seen a significant boost” in their rankings.