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February 4, 2017

"Most International" Universities in the World Today

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Photo: University Campus Building, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), Switzerland. Image Credit: Juhanson.

The institutions with the strongest global connections have a ‘cultural disposition’ to think beyond borders.

Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked the world’s “most international” universities.

The ranking is drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. However, it also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey.

A striking feature of the upper reaches of the 150-institution table is the prominence of universities from relatively small, export-reliant countries, where English is an official language or is widely spoken.

The ranking is led by two Swiss universities: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Of all the countries in the ranking, the Swiss representatives also have the greatest average proportion of international staff and internationally co-authored publications: both 62 per cent.

• ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) has more than 18,000 students from over 120 countries and is the top university in continental Europe. It boasts Albert Einstein as one of its most notable alumni.

Next in the ranking are the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. THE data scientist Billy Wong says that this may reflect the fact that nations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland are all “big, global trading hubs”, conditioned to look beyond their borders for personnel and ideas.

Below the top four is a glut of institutions from the UK, Australia and Canada: prominent destinations for international students and scholars because of their prestigious universities and their use of English, the global lingua franca. The UK has 13 institutions in the 150, led by Imperial College London at number five. The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London and the London School of Economics also make the top 10.

The US is less prominent in this ranking than it usually is in international league tables, possibly reflecting the fact that its size makes it less reliant on immigration to supply it with top student and academic talent. There is only one US institution in the top 30: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at number 22. Harvard University (sixth in the overall THE World University Rankings 2016‑17) is 33rd, Stanford (third) is 36th and the California Institute of Technology (second) is 52nd. However, US institutions are still the most numerous in the international ranking, accounting for 64 places.

THE’s Wong thinks that internationalisation activities can boost a university’s global reputation, which has a lot of knock-on impacts. “If they can have more international collaboration and become better known internationally, that can help them in areas such as student recruitment, academic recruitment, attracting international funding and so on,” he says.

Following is the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking of the World’s “Most International” Universities 2017

Rank — Institution — Country — Overall Score

  1. ETH Zurich — Switzerland — 97.1
  2. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland — 96.7
  3. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 96.5
  4. National University of Singapore — Singapore — 96
  5. Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 95.2
  6. University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 94.3
  7. Australian National University — Australia — 93
  8. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 92.8
  9. University College London — United Kingdom — 92.2
  10. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — 92
  11. King’s College London — United Kingdom — 91.9
  12. University of British Columbia — Canada — 90.2
  13. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom — 90.1
  14. University of New South Wales — Australia — 89.3
  15. University of Zurich — Switzerland — 88.6
  16. Ecole Polytechnique — France — 88.5
  17. University of Warwick — United Kingdom — 88.1
  18. University of Melbourne — Australia — 87.7
  19. University of Glasgow — United Kingdom — 86.8
  20. University of Manchester — United Kingdom — 86.6
  21. Monash University — Australia — 85.9
  22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States — 84.9
  23. McGill University — Canada — 84.8
  24. University of Sydney — Australia — 84.8
  25. University of Auckland — New Zealand — 84.4
  26. Durham University — United Kingdom — 84.2
  27. Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 83.4
  28. University of York — United Kingdom — 82.9
  29. University of Bristol — United Kingdom — 82.7
  30. University of Copenhagen — Denmark — 82.7
  31. University of Alberta — Canada — 81.6
  32. University of Toronto — Canada — 80
  33. Harvard University — United States — 79
  34. University of Waterloo — Canada — 77.7
  35. Aarhus University — Denmark — 77.2
  36. Stanford University — United States — 76.8
  37. Princeton University — United States — 76.7
  38. University of Amsterdam — Netherlands — 75
  39. Columbia University — United States — 74.9
  40. KU Leuven — Belgium — 73.1
  41. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States — 71.9
  42. Ecole Normale Superieure — France — 71.2
  43. Pierre and Marie Curie University — France — 70.9
  44. Free University of Berlin — Germany — 70.7
  45. Johns Hopkins University — United States — 70.5
  46. Purdue University — United States — 68.9
  47. University of Strasbourg — France — 68.2
  48. University of Bonn — Germany — 68
  49. Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany — 67.9
  50. University of Chicago — United States — 67.8
  51. Technical University of Munich — Germany — 67.8
  52. California Institute of Technology — United States — 67.6
  53. Rice University — United States — 67.1
  54. Paris Diderot University - Paris 7 — France — 66.8
  55. Yale University — United States — 66.8
  56. Heidelberg University — Germany — 66.6
  57. Technical University of Berlin — Germany — 66.2
  58. Paris-Sud University — France — 65.2
  59. Utrecht University — Netherlands — 65.1
  60. University of California, Santa Barbara — United States — 64.7
  61. Cornell University — United States — 64.7
  62. University of California, Davis — United States — 64.6
  63. Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon — France — 64.5
  64. LMU Munich — Germany — 64.3
  65. University of California, Berkeley — United States — 64.1
  66. University of California, Irvine — United States — 62.6
  67. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology — Germany — 62.5
  68. Carnegie Mellon University — United States — 62.4
  69. University of Freiburg — Germany — 62.2
  70. Paris-Sorbonne University - Paris 4 — France — 61.7
  71. University of Southern California — United States — 61.4
  72. Goethe University Frankfurt — Germany — 61.3
  73. University of California, Los Angeles — United States — 61.2
  74. University of Tübingen — Germany — 60.8
  75. Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Israel — 60.5
  76. Boston University — United States — 60.3
  77. Michigan State University — United States — 59.7
  78. Stony Brook University — United States — 59.4
  79. University of Rochester — United States — 59.1
  80. Duke University — United States — 58.9
  81. University of Gottingen — Germany — 58.8
  82. Brown University — United States — 58.5
  83. New York University — United States — 58
  84. RWTH Aachen University — Germany — 57.5
  85. University of Illinois at Chicago — United States — 57.4
  86. Northwestern University — United States — 57.3
  87. Polytechnic University of Milan — Italy — 56.3
  88. University of Massachusetts — United States — 55.8
  89. Panthéon-Sorbonne University - Paris 1 — France — 55.5
  90. Autonomous University of Madrid — Spain — 55.3
  91. University of Washington — United States — 55.3
  92. University of Mannheim — Germany — 54.8
  93. Texas A&M University — United States — 54.8
  94. University of Michigan — United States — 54.7
  95. Ohio State University — United States — 54.7
  96. Aix-Marseille University — France — 54.6
  97. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States — 54.5
  98. North Carolina State University — United States — 54.5
  99. Paris Descartes University — France — 53.2
  100. University of Pennsylvania — United States — 53.1
  101. University of California, San Diego — United States — 53
  102. University of California, Santa Cruz — United States — 52.1
  103. Arizona State University — United States — 51.8
  104. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation — 51.5
  105. Emory University — United States — 51.2
  106. Polytechnic University of Turin — Italy — 51.1
  107. Indiana University — United States — 50.6
  108. University of Notre Dame — United States — 50.4
  109. Georgetown University — United States — 49.9
  110. Pennsylvania State University — United States — 49
  111. University of Munster — Germany — 48.9
  112. Florida State University — United States — 48.8
  113. Sapienza University of Rome — Italy — 48.8
  114. University of Arizona — United States — 46.1
  115. Washington University in St Louis — United States — 45.6
  116. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — 45.5
  117. University of Colorado Boulder — United States — 45
  118. University of Virginia — United States — 45
  119. University of Maryland, College Park — United States — 43.9
  120. University of Minnesota — United States — 43.1
  121. Peking University — China — 43.1
  122. University of Georgia — United States — 43
  123. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey — United States — 42.9
  124. Case Western Reserve University — United States — 42.2
  125. University of Pittsburgh — United States — 42.1
  126. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology — Russian Federation — 42
  127. Yonsei University — South Korea — 41.8
  128. Nanjing University — China — 41.6
  129. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States — 41.4
  130. University of Texas at Austin — United States — 40.9
  131. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — United States — 40.9
  132. Dartmouth College — United States — 39.9
  133. University of Florida — United States — 39.6
  134. University of Utah — United States — 39
  135. Korea University — South Korea — 38.7
  136. Renmin University of China — China — 38.2
  137. University of Tokyo — Japan — 38.2
  138. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea — 38
  139. University of Iowa — United States — 37.2
  140. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea — 36.2
  141. University of Tsukuba — Japan — 36.1
  142. Tsinghua University — China — 35.7
  143. Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan — 34.5
  144. National Tsing Hua University — Taiwan — 34.4
  145. Fudan University — China — 32.9
  146. Seoul National University — South Korea — 32.9
  147. University of São Paulo — Brazil — 32.6
  148. National Taiwan University — Taiwan — 32.3
  149. Tohoku University — Japan — 32.2
  150. Pohang University of Science and Technology — South Korea — 32.1

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