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Top 200 Research-Intensive Universities Globally For 2019, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, MIT, Caltech Tops Again

British universities, the University of Oxford (the oldest existing university in the English-speaking world) and the University of Cambridge (the 2nd-oldest) remain at number one and two respectively in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The publication ranked more than 1,250 of the world’s leading research-intensive universities.

Stanford University maintained its position as the highest ranked U.S. institution in third place, alongside Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at forth and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) at fifth. Harvard University is No. 6 and Princeton University is No. 7.

The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, also stand out for their personalized approach to teaching, called “tutorials” at Oxford and “supervisions” at Cambridge. In addition to attending lectures and other classes, students are taught by faculty fellows in groups of 1 to 3 on a weekly basis. The University of Cambridge and Oxford was ranked No. 4 and No. 5 in the “Best Universities In The World For 2018” report by the CEOWORLD magazine.

The United Kingdom, which has 98 universities in the full list, is no longer the 2nd most represented country in the rankings. Japan has overtaken it this year, claiming 103 positions. The U.S. still leads the way with 172 institutions in the annual global league table. China’s Tsinghua University has overtaken the National University of Singapore (NUS) as the top institution in Asia. However, India continued to trail in global rankings, failing to make it to the top 200 list.

Top 200 Research-Intensive Universities Globally For 2019:

1University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
2University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
3Stanford UniversityUnited States
4Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
5California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
6Harvard UniversityUnited States
7Princeton UniversityUnited States
8Yale UniversityUnited States
9Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
10University of ChicagoUnited Kingdom
11ETH ZurichSwitzerland
12Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
12University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
14UCLUnited Kingdom
15University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
16Columbia UniversityUnited States
17University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
18Duke UniversityUnited States
19Cornell UniversityUnited States
20University of MichiganUnited States
21University of TorontoUnited States
22Tsinghua UniversityChina
23National University of SingaporeSingapore
24Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
25Northwestern UniversityUnited States
26London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
27New York UniversityUnited States
28University of WashingtonUnited States
29University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
30University of California, San DiegoUnited States
31Peking UniversityChina
32LMU MunichGermany
32University of MelbourneAustralia
34Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
35Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland
36University of Hong KongHong Kong
37University of British ColumbiaCanada
38Kings College LondonUnited Kingdom
39University of Texas at AustinUnited States
40Karolinska InstituteSweden
41PSL Research University ParisFrance
42The University of TokyoJapan
43University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States
44McGill UniversityCanada
44Technical University of MunichGermany
46Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
47Heidelberg UniversityGermany
48KU LeuvenBelgium
49Australian National UniversityAustralia
50University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
51Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore
52University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
53Brown UniversityUnited States
54Washington University in St LouisUnited States
55Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
56University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited States
57University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
58Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
59University of California, DavisUnited States
59University of SydneyAustralia
59Wageningen University and ResearchNetherlands
62University of AmsterdamNetherlands
63Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
64Purdue UniversityUnited States
65Kyoto UniversityJapan
66University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
67Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
68Leiden UniversityNetherlands
69University of QueenslandAustralia
70Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
71University of Minnesota Twin CitiesUnited States
71Ohio State UniversityUnited States
73Sorbonne UniversityFrance
74Boston UniversityUnited States
74Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
76University of FreiburgGermany
77McMaster UniversityCanada
78University of BristolUnited Kingdom
79University of GroningenNetherlands
79University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
81Pennsylvania State UniversityUnited States
82University of Maryland, College ParkUnited States
82Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)South Korea
84Emory UniversityUnited States
84Monash UniversityAustralia
86Rice UniversityUnited States
87RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
87Uppsala UniversitySweden
89University of TubingenGermany
90Charité - Universitatsmedizin BerlinGermany
90University of MontrealCanada
90University of ZurichSwitzerland
93University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
93Michigan State UniversityUnited States
93University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina
96University of California, IrvineUnited States
96University of New South WalesAustralia
98Lund UniversitySweden
99Dartmouth CollegeUnited States
99University of HelsinkiFinland
101Zhejiang UniversityChina
102KAISTSouth Korea
103University of BaselSwitzerland
104Free University of BerlinGermany
105Fudan UniversityChina
106University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
107University of VirginiaUnited States
108Ecole PolytechniqueFrance
109Georgetown UniversityUnited States
110University of BernSwitzerland
110University of BonnGermany
110City University of Hong KongHong Kong
110University of PittsburghUnited States
114University of Colorado BoulderUnited States
114Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom
116University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
116University of CopenhagenDenmark
118University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
119University of YorkUnited Kingdom
120Trinity College DublinIreland
121University of OsloNorway
121Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
123Aarhus UniversityDenmark
123Arizona State UniversityUnited States
123University of GottingenGermany
123University of MannheimGermany
123Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
128Université Catholique de LouvainBelgium
128Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
130Queen Mary University of LondonUnited Kingdom
131Technical University of BerlinGermany
132University of AlbertaCanada
132Case Western Reserve UniversityUnited States
134University of Western AustraliaAustralia
135University of AdelaideAustralia
135University of GenevaSwitzerland
135University of HamburgGermany
135Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
135Nanjing UniversityChina
135Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
141University of ExeterUnited Kingdom
142Pohang University of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
143Ghent UniversityBelgium
143University of ViennaAustria
145Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
146University of CologneGermany
146Indiana UniversityUnited States
146Lancaster UniversityUnited Kingdom
149University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
149Ulm UniversityGermany
151TU DresdenGermany
152Tufts UniversityUnited States
153University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
153Scuola Superiore Sant AnnaItaly
153Stockholm UniversitySweden
156University of Cape TownSouth Africa
156University of FloridaUnited States
158University of AberdeenUnited Kingdom
159University of ArizonaUnited States
159University of WurzburgGermany
161Scuola Normale Superiore di PisaItaly
161University of SussexUnited Kingdom
163University of RochesterUnited States
163Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
165University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom
166Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamNetherlands
167University of California, Santa CruzUnited States
167Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
167University of LeicesterUnited Kingdom
170National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
171Newcastle UniversityUnited Kingdom
171Texas A&M UniversityUnited States
173Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
173University of Notre DameUnited States
175University of Erlangen-NurembergGermany
176University of LausanneSwitzerland
176University of OttawaCanada
176Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyUnited States
179University of Alabama at BirminghamUnited States
180University of BolognaItaly
181Aalto UniversityFinland
181George Washington UniversityUnited States
181University of LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
184University of MunsterGermany
184Northeastern UniversityUnited States
184University of TwenteNetherlands
187Cardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
187KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
189University of KonstanzGermany
190University of Duisburg-EssenGermany
190University of East AngliaUnited Kingdom
190Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
190Western UniversityCanada
194Aalborg UniversityDenmark
194Paris Diderot University – Paris 7France
196University of Technology, SydneyAustralia
197University of BergenNorway
198Korea UniversitySouth Korea
199University of CalgaryCanada
199Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussia


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Emma London
Emma London is a columnist and member of the ​CEOWORLD magazine editorial board. She's one of the magazine's founding editors and leads global newsroom coverage and management. Having lived in five different countries — the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom - Emma is obsessed with how tech empowers people from all walks of life. She is fluent in Spanish.
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