University of Oxford ranked first in THE World University Rankings 2020

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The University of Oxford in the UK has retained its position at the top in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 for the fourth year in a row.

The University of Cambridge dropped down to third place, while California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has climbed up three spots into second.

Notably, American and UK universities continue to cement themselves among the global elite, with universities from both countries dominating the top 10, with ETH Zurich the only university outside of North America and the UK to make it into the top 20, coming in at 13th position.

The report also notes that Asian universities are catching up, with China and Japan boasting a strong performance in the rankings.

China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University are Asia’s top two universities, ranked 23rd and 24th respectively. Singapore’s National University of Singapore (NUS) comes in at 25th, while the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University are, ranked at 36th and 65th respectively.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to dominate the rankings overall, with seven of the top 10, 16 of the top 20 and 60 of the top 200, while  the U.K.’s overall position in the rankings continues to decline, slipping behind Japan as the second-most represented nation in the top 200.

Iran is one of the biggest surprises, with 40 universities in the rankings, up 11 from last years, to become one of the 10 most represented nations. Brazil also saw a significant increase in its representation, up 10 to 46. Several new regions joined the rankings this year as Brunei, Cuba, Malta, Montenegro, Puerto Rico and Vietnam all had  institutions represented for the first time.

The ranking, released on September 11, includes almost 1,400 universities from 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.

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