Whether praised or distrusted, rankings of the best universities are always under scrutiny by the institutions themselves. The World Economic Forum (WEF) presents the top 200 universities in the world, prepared by Times Higher Education.
While US universities still largely dominate the top ten, it is the University of Oxford (UK) that holds the top spot. It is followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), Harvard (US), Stanford (US), and Cambridge (UK). Oxford is also the university that helped develop AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.
There were 1,662 universities from 99 countries running for this ranking. Ranking is based on 13 performance indicators, including learning environment, research (volume, revenue, reputation), citations (impact on research) and international scope (staff, students, and research)
The United States has the largest number of universities that managed to take a place in the top 200 list. The United Kingdom and Germany completed the top three. Our northern neighbors came in sixth place. With five universities, France has just managed to take a place in the top ten. The list also includes four Belgian universities.
The four Belgian universities
- KU Leuven: 42 AH place (up to three places)
- Ghent University: 96e place (up to seven places)
- University of Antwerp: 143 AH place (27 places)
- UClouvain: 158 AH place (six places)
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