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The UB is once again the only Spanish university ranked in the world’s top 200 universities, after a climb of 15 places.

October 2009

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The UB is again the only Spanish university included in the ranking of the world’s top 200 universities published by The Times Higher Education Supplement. Harvard University (US) continues to head the list.

This year the UB has risen further up the table, from 186th place in 2008 to 171st place. The University of Bologna (which came 174th) and the UB are the only two universities from southern Europe in the classification. Likewise, the only universities from the Spanish-speaking world cited are the UB (171st) and the Autonomous National University of Mexico (190th), which has fallen 40 places compared with 2008. 


Harvard remains the world’s best university this year, followed by Cambridge, Yale, University College London, Imperial College London, Oxford, Chicago, Princeton, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. The first 20 positions in the ranking are occupied by 13 universities from the US, five from the UK, one from Australia and one from Canada. Among the first 30 we also find institutions from Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Canada and Singapore. Tokyo is the first non-English-speaking university in the ranking (in 22nd place), while Zurich’s Federal Institute (20) is the best-ranked non-English-speaking university from Europe.

In spite of Harvard’s leadership – in fact it has been first since the ranking started in 2004 – the 2009 study suggests that US universities are losing their position of predominance in worldwide higher education. Asian institutions, for instance in Hong Kong and Japan, are climbing positions. Japan now has a total of 11 institutions among the top 200, of which two appear for the first time this year: the universities of Tsukuba (174) and Keio (142). For its part, Hong Kong has five institutions among the world’s top 200.

This study, published for the sixth successive year, considers academic, teaching and research criteria such as student and foreign lecturer numbers, citations in scientific publications, student ratio by class and faculty, peer review by university lecturers from all over the world surveyed by The Times Higher Education Supplement, and the opinions of employers both at international and local market level.

WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2009, The Times Higher Education Supplement,




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