Double win for London as city tops global university rankings and overseas student rules are reversed

Double win for London as city tops global university rankings and overseas student rules are reversed:  Students

12 September 2019

Rankings announced on the same day as foreign student immigration rules are reversed, allowing international students to stay on for two years in the UK  

Last night, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings revealed that four universities in London are listed in the top 40 – more than any other city in the world. 

The news comes as the government introduces a two-year post-study work visa for international students, allowing overseas graduates a significantly longer period of time to find work after their studies.  

Study London, the Mayor’s official university guide has hailed London’s performance in the rankings and the announcement of the new visa rules as a ‘tremendous boost’ for London’s higher education sector.  

Lalage Clay, Director, Education and Talent at London & Partners, the Mayor of London's official promotional agency and home of Study London said“On behalf of the world-leading institutions of our city, we are delighted to be performing so highly once again at such a pivotal moment for higher education in the UK. 

“This announcement from government is a tremendous boost for the UK capital, which will further enrich London’s post-study offer for international students and provide exciting opportunities for employers here. Our institutions are committed to attracting and nurturing bright young minds from all over the world, who will go on to become global ambassadors for our city.”  

The UK capital has five universities in the global top 200, cementing London’s reputation as one of the best cities in the world for higher education. These are: 

  • Imperial College London (10) 
  • University College London (15) 
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (27) 
  • King’s College London (36) 
  • Queen Mary University of London (110) 

Phil Baty, Times Higher Education Chief Knowledge Officer, said: “This new data analysis, based on a study of literally millions of data points, demonstrates powerfully that London is a world leading centre for outstanding teaching and research. It has an extraordinary concentration of world-class research universities, creating an ecosystem that draws in diverse talent from all over the world that is greater than the sum of its parts.” 

In July of this year, London was named as the world’s best city for students, according to the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, by global education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds. London beat international cities Tokyo (2nd) and Melbourne (3rd) to first place for the second consecutive year.  

For further information on studying in London visit www.studylondon.ac.uk or www.studylondon.cn

Notes to editors

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  • Full results will be published online athttps://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2020/world-ranking when the embargo (above) lifts. 
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  • The THE World University Rankings 2020 includes a total 1,396 institutions across 92 countries and regions (up from 1,258 universities across 86 territories last year). The top 1,000 is published in print, but the full listing is made available online  
  • Full 2020 World University Rankings methodology is available here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/methodology-world-university-rankings-2020 

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About the THE World University Rankings: 

THE World University Rankings is the definitive list of the top universities globally: 

  • The only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across each of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer); and international outlook (staff, students, research) 
  • 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators used to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons – trusted globally by students and their families, academics, university leaders, industry and governments 
  • Independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 
  • Methodology based on more than a decade of experience, following more than a year of open consultation across the global higher education community and with the detailed expert input of more than 50 leading HE and data advisors globally 
  • The THE World University Rankings are drawn from THE’s database of university performance metrics, with over 170 separate data points on each of the world’s leading research universities and two global surveys of senior, published scholars from our annual reputation survey: with more than 21,000 responses adding 250,000 items of data. Care is taken to ensure balance across all disciplines, with a proportionate number of responses from the arts, humanities and social sciences 
  • Research excellence is assessed through the examination of more than 12.8 million publications (journal articles, article reviews, conference proceedings, books and book chapters) and 77.4 million citations, taking full account of the major variations in publication volumes and citation counts across disciplines, with over 330 global subject-level benchmarks. 

2020 global top 200 

University 

Country/Region 

 2020 Ranking  

 2019 Ranking  

University of Oxford 

United Kingdom 

 1  

 1  

California Institute of Technology 

United States 

 2  

 5  

University of Cambridge 

United Kingdom 

 3  

 2  

Stanford University 

United States 

 4  

 3  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

United States 

 5  

 4  

Princeton University 

United States 

 6  

 7  

Harvard University 

United States 

 7  

 6  

Yale University 

United States 

 8  

 8  

University of Chicago 

United States 

 9  

 10  

Imperial College London 

United Kingdom 

 10  

 9  

University of Pennsylvania 

United States 

 11  

 =12  

Johns Hopkins University 

United States 

 12  

 =12  

University of California, Berkeley 

United States 

 =13  

 15  

ETH Zurich 

Switzerland 

 =13  

 11  

UCL 

United Kingdom 

 15  

 14  

Columbia University 

United States 

 16  

 16  

University of California, Los Angeles 

United States 

 17  

 17  

University of Toronto 

Canada 

 18  

 21  

Cornell University 

United States 

 19  

 19  

Duke University 

United States 

 20  

 18  

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

United States 

 21  

 20  

Northwestern University 

United States 

 22  

 25  

Tsinghua University 

China 

 23  

 22  

Peking University 

China 

 24  

 31  

National University of Singapore 

Singapore 

 25  

 23  

University of Washington 

United States 

 26  

 28  

Carnegie Mellon University 

United States 

 =27  

 24  

London School of Economics and Political Science 

United Kingdom 

 =27  

 26  

New York University 

United States 

 29  

 27  

University of Edinburgh 

United Kingdom 

 30  

 29  

University of California, San Diego 

United States 

 31  

 30  

LMU Munich 

Germany 

 =32  

 =32  

University of Melbourne 

Australia 

 =32  

 =32  

University of British Columbia 

Canada 

 34  

 37  

University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong 

 35  

 36  

King’s College London 

United Kingdom 

 =36  

 38  

The University of Tokyo 

Japan 

 =36  

 42  

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 

Switzerland 

 =38  

 35  

Georgia Institute of Technology 

United States 

 =38  

 34  

University of Texas at Austin 

United States 

 =38  

 39  

Karolinska Institute 

Sweden 

 41  

 40  

McGill University 

Canada 

 42  

 =44  

Technical University of Munich 

Germany 

 43  

 =44  

Heidelberg University 

Germany 

 44  

 47  

KU Leuven 

Belgium 

 =45  

 48  

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris 

France 

 =45  

 41  

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

Hong Kong 

 47  

 41  

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

United States 

 =48  

 50  

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 

Singapore 

 =48  

 51  

Australian National University 

Australia 

 50  

 49  

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

United States 

 51  

 43  

Washington University in St Louis 

United States 

 52  

 54  

Brown University 

United States 

 53  

 53  

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

United States 

 54  

 56  

University of California, Davis 

United States 

 =55  

 =59  

University of Manchester 

United Kingdom 

 =55  

 57  

University of California, Santa Barbara 

United States 

 =57  

 52  

Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong 

 =57  

 53  

Wageningen University & Research 

Netherlands 

 59  

 =59  

University of Sydney 

Australia 

 60  

 =59  

Boston University 

United States 

 61  

 =74  

University of Amsterdam 

Netherlands 

 =62  

 62  

University of Southern California 

United States 

 =62  

 66  

Seoul National University 

South Korea 

 64  

 63  

Kyoto University 

Japan 

 65  

 65  

University of Queensland 

Australia 

 66  

 69  

Delft University of Technology 

Netherlands 

 =67  

 58  

Leiden University 

Netherlands 

 =67  

 68  

Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Netherlands 

 69  

 70  

Ohio State University (Main campus) 

United States 

 70  

 =71  

UNSW Sydney 

Australia 

 71  

 =96  

McMaster University 

Canada 

 72  

 77  

University of Groningen 

Netherlands 

 73  

 =79  

Humboldt University of Berlin 

Germany 

 74  

 67  

Monash University 

Australia 

 =75  

 =84  

Utrecht University 

Netherlands 

 =75  

 =74  

University of Warwick 

United Kingdom 

 77  

 =79  

Penn State (Main campus) 

United States 

 78  

 81  

University of Minnesota 

United States 

 79  

 =71  

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin 

Germany 

 =80  

 =90  

Emory University 

United States 

 =80  

 =84  

University of Science and Technology of China 

China 

 =80  

 =93  

Sorbonne University 

France 

 =80  

 73  

Michigan State University 

United States 

 84  

 =93  

University of Montreal 

Canada 

 85  

 =90  

University of Freiburg 

Germany 

 86  

 76  

University of Bristol 

United Kingdom 

 87  

 78  

Purdue University West Lafayette 

United States 

 88  

 64  

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) 

South Korea 

 89  

 =82  

University of Zurich 

Switzerland 

 90  

 =90  

University of Maryland, College Park 

United States 

 =91  

 =82  

University of Tübingen 

Germany 

 =91  

 89  

École Polytechnique 

France 

 93  

 108  

University of Basel 

Switzerland 

 =94  

 103  

Dartmouth College 

United States 

 =94  

 =99  

University of California, Irvine 

United States 

 =96  

 =96  

University of Helsinki 

Finland 

 =96  

 =99  

Lund University 

Sweden 

 =96  

 98  

University of Glasgow 

United Kingdom 

 =99  

 =93  

RWTH Aachen University 

Germany 

 =99  

 =87  

University of Copenhagen 

Denmark 

 101  

 =116  

Georgetown University 

United States 

 =102  

 109  

Uppsala University 

Sweden 

 =102  

 =87  

University of Arizona 

United States 

 104  

 =159  

University of Bonn 

Germany 

 =105  

 =110  

Rice University 

United States 

 =105  

 86  

University of Virginia (Main campus) 

United States 

 =107  

 107  

Zhejiang University 

China 

 =107  

 101  

Fudan University 

China 

 109  

 104  

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) 

South Korea 

 =110  

 102  

Queen Mary University of London 

United Kingdom 

 =110  

 130  

University of Birmingham 

United Kingdom 

 112  

 =116  

University of Bern 

Switzerland 

 =113  

 =110  

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus 

United States 

 =113  

 =110  

Aarhus University 

Denmark 

 115  

 =123  

Vanderbilt University 

United States 

 116  

 =121  

Free University of Berlin 

Germany 

 =117  

 104  

University of Sheffield 

United Kingdom 

 =117  

 106  

Case Western Reserve University 

United States 

 119  

 =132  

University of Adelaide 

Australia 

 =120  

 =135  

National Taiwan University 

Taiwan 

 =120  

 170  

University of Southampton 

United Kingdom 

 122  

 118  

Ghent University 

Belgium 

 123  

 =143  

University of Colorado Boulder 

United States 

 124  

 =114  

University of Göttingen 

Germany 

 125  

 =123  

City University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong 

 126  

 =110  

Maastricht University 

Netherlands 

 127  

 =128  

Radboud University Nijmegen 

Netherlands 

 =128  

 =123  

University of York 

United Kingdom 

 =128  

 119  

University of Paris 

France 

 130  

 NR  

University of Oslo 

Norway 

 =131  

 =121  

University of Western Australia 

Australia 

 =131  

 134  

Durham University 

United Kingdom 

 133  

 =114  

Indiana University 

United States 

 =134  

 =146  

University of Vienna 

Austria 

 =134  

 =143  

University of Alberta 

Canada 

 =136  

 =132  

University of Cape Town 

South Africa 

 =136  

 =156  

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 

Netherlands 

 138  

 166  

Lancaster University 

United Kingdom 

 =139  

 =146  

Tufts University 

United States 

 =139  

 152  

University of Ottawa 

Canada 

 =141  

 =176  

Ulm University 

Germany 

 =141  

 =149  

Pompeu Fabra University 

Spain 

 143  

 =135  

University of Geneva 

Switzerland 

 =144  

 =135  

Nanjing University 

China 

 =144  

 134  

University of Exeter 

United Kingdom 

 =146  

 141  

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) 

South Korea 

 =146  

 142  

University of Sussex 

United Kingdom 

 =146  

 =161  

University of Hamburg 

Germany 

 =149  

 =135  

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa 

Italy 

 =149  

 =153  

Technical University of Berlin 

Germany 

 =149  

 131  

Université Catholique de Louvain 

Belgium 

 =152  

 =128  

University of Nottingham 

United Kingdom 

 =152  

 =149  

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 

Italy 

 =152  

 =161  

Arizona State University (Tempe) 

United States 

 =155  

 =123  

University of Leeds 

United Kingdom 

 =155  

 =153  

Autonomous University of Barcelona 

Spain 

 =157  

 145  

University of Cologne 

Germany 

 =157  

 =146  

University of Mannheim 

Germany 

 =157  

 =123  

University of Notre Dame 

United States 

 =157  

 173  

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

China 

 =157  

 189  

TU Dresden 

Germany 

 =157  

 151  

University of Würzburg 

Germany 

 163  

 =159  

Trinity College Dublin 

Republic of Ireland 

 164  

 120  

University of Liverpool 

United Kingdom 

 165  

 =181  

Bielefeld University 

Germany 

 =166  

 201–250  

University of Leicester 

United Kingdom 

 =166  

 =167  

University of Aberdeen 

United Kingdom 

 =168  

 158  

University of Bologna 

Italy 

 =168  

 180  

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey 

United States 

 =168  

 =176  

Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

Hong Kong 

 171  

 159  

University of Alabama at Birmingham 

United States 

 172  

 179  

Northeastern University 

United States 

 =173  

 =184  

University of Rochester 

United States 

 =173  

 =163  

University of Florida 

United States 

 =175  

 =156  

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 

Germany 

 =175  

 =135  

Stockholm University 

Sweden 

 =175  

 =153  

Texas A&M University 

United States 

 178  

 =171  

University of Auckland 

New Zealand 

 =179  

 201–250  

University of California, Santa Cruz 

United States 

 =179  

 =167  

Korea University 

South Korea 

 =179  

 198  

Queensland University of Technology 

Australia 

 =179  

 201–250  

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg 

Germany 

 183  

 175  

Aalto University 

Finland 

 =184  

 =181  

Technical University of Denmark 

Denmark 

 =184  

 =163  

Eindhoven University of Technology 

Netherlands 

 =186  

 =167  

University of Gothenburg 

Sweden 

 =186  

 201–250  

Télécom Paris 

France 

 188  

 NR  

Lomonosov Moscow State University 

Russian Federation 

 =189  

 =199  

University of Münster 

Germany 

 =189  

 =184  

Tel Aviv University 

Israel 

 =189  

 201–250  

University of East Anglia 

United Kingdom 

 192  

 =190  

University of Canberra 

Australia 

 193  

 251–300  

University of Duisburg-Essen 

Germany 

 =194  

 =190  

University of Technology Sydney 

Australia 

 =194  

 196  

University of the Witwatersrand 

South Africa 

 =194  

 201–250  

Yonsei University (Seoul campus) 

South Korea 

 197  

 201–250  

University of Antwerp 

Belgium 

 =198  

 201–250  

Cardiff University 

United Kingdom 

 =198  

 =187  

George Washington University 

United States 

 =198  

 =181  

University of Lausanne 

Switzerland 

 =198  

 =176  

University of St Andrews 

United Kingdom 

 =198  

 165  

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