Oct 6, 2012
The World University Rankings, just released by the Times Higher Education magazine in London, placed the California Institute of Technology in the global #1 position, ahead of the UK's ultra-prestigious University of Oxford.
"We always try to recruit exceptional faculty and exceptional students," said Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, the Caltech president. "We encourage them to look at big questions, important scientific issues. It has resulted in game-changing types of discoveries."
The pride of Pasadena, the California Institute of Technology is also home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Palo Alto's Stanford University is tied for second place, and the University of California has five campuses in the global top 50 - UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and UC Davis.
- California Institute of Technology
- University of Oxford/Stanford University (tie)
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Princeton University
- University of Cambridge
- Imperial College London
- University of California Berkeley
- University of Chicago
It is the most comprehensive and meticulously calibrated university ranking system in the world, utilizing 13 distinctive performance indicators to examine a university's strengths and global competitiveness.
Designations are measured by factors which include funding for research, faculty publication, the influence of research as measured by citations, the global diversity of faculty and students, and how many doctorate degrees are awarded.
The top 400 university rankings can be viewed by visiting the Times Higher Education World University Rankings website.
Congratulations to all the top universities in the world, especially the world's #1 university, the California Institute of Technology.