Oxbridge top as Asia rises in Times rankings
Two UK institutions top the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for the first time in the listing's 14-year history.

The University of Oxford held on to number one spot for the second year running, whilst the University of Cambridge jumped from fourth to second place.


The latter's rise came at the expense of California Institute of Technology, which led from 2012 to 2016 and finished second last year.


This year, Caltech shares third place with fellow American institution Stanford - the two hurt by drops to their PhD-to-bachelor's ratios and institutional income.


Louise Richardson, Oxford's Vice-Chancellor, told THE, "To be judged the best university in the world for the second successive year, against a backdrop in which Britain's role in the world is uncertain and the place of universities in society open to question, will be a great source of pride for everyone at Oxford, and, I hope, for the whole country."


The US still continues to dominate the listings with seven universities in the top 10; 15 in the top 20; and 43 in the top 100 - the latter up two from last year - whilst 23 of out of 24 UK Russell Group members feature in the top 200.


Sir Anton Muscatelli, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow and chair of the Russell Group, told THE that the UK can't "rest on its laurels" among pressure from other countries.


Asia again made gains in the annual listings, with three Asian universities making the top 30 for the first time under the current methodology.


The National University of Singapore was the highest ranked institution from outside North America and Europe, rising two places to joint 22nd and drawing level with the University of Toronto in Canada.


Peking University meanwhile rose two places to joint 27th, putting it on a par with New York University and the University of Edinburgh, whilst Tsinghua University overtook the University of Melbourne by climbing five places to 30th.


The University of Hong Kong, ranked 40th in the table, scored the highest (99.5 out of 100) among the top 100 in 'international outlook' - an indicator of the institution's ability to attract international undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty as well as its proportion of research publications with international co-authors.


International outlook (7.5 per cent weighting) is just one of a set of indicators used to calculate the rankings, alongside research (30), citations (30), industry income (2.5) and teaching (30).



By Jared Tinslay
Editorial Assistant