The top 10 universities in the world 2024

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The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, released on 27 September 2023, has revealed the world’s top universities.

A UK institution, the University of Oxford, has taken the first place position while Stanford University is in second position.

In total, 1,904 universities across 108 countries or regions are represented in the ranking and 27 of these have at least one university in the top 200.  A further 769 universities are listed with “reporter” status, meaning that they provided data but did not meet our eligibility criteria to receive a rank.

 World University Ranking 2024  World University Ranking 2023 University Country/Region
 1  1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
 2  =3 Stanford University United States
 3  5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
 4  2 Harvard University United States
 5  =3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
 6  7 Princeton University United States
 7  6 California Institute of Technology United States
 8  10 Imperial College London United Kingdom
 9  8 University of California, Berkeley United States
 10  9 Yale University United States


Both in terms of the overall ranking and the highest positions, the US and the UK are well represented. Japan and India are among the best-represented countries in the ranking. Other countries such as Germany, China, Australia and the Netherlands are well represented in the top 200.

The 2024 World University Rankings were put together using a new and improved methodology. Results are calculated using 18 performance indicators underlying five metrics: research environment, teaching (the learning environment), research quality, industry and international outlook.

The full methodology can be found here.


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