The Times Higher Education (THE) this week published the latest in the THE World University Rankings series for 2018, covering two updated subjects:

  1. Engineering & Technology
  2. Computer Science

Both the Engineering & Technology and Computer Science rankings have been significantly expanded, to 500 and 300 ranked institutions, respectively.

“The THE engineering and technology subject rankings employ the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall 2018 World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields,” explained Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings for THE, in a statement. “The ranking, which has been expanded to include 500 universities, up from 100 last year, highlights the universities that are leading across electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical and general engineering subjects.”

According to Baty, all universities in the ranking have had to demonstrate excellence across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Universities in Asia are among the stand-out performers in this year’s table, he noted. China’s Peking University joins the National University of Singapore in the top 10 for the first time in the eight-year history of the table, after climbing five places to seventh. NUS is one behind at eighth.

“Overall a staggering 132 universities in Asia make the top 500, meaning that the continent now has more world-class institutions for engineering and technology than North America (127),” he said.

Rankings for Engineering & Technology (the full results and analysis can be found here)

Rank 2018 Previous year Institution Country
1 2 Stanford University United States
2 1 California Institute of Technology United States
3 3 University of Oxford United Kingdom
4 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
5 5 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
6 6 Princeton University United States
7 12 Peking University China
8 =7 National University of Singapore Singapore
9 9 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
10 =7 Imperial College London United Kingdom
11 =13 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
12 15 Carnegie Mellon University United States
13 10 University of California, Berkeley United States
=14 11 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
=14 16 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
16 18 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
17 17 University of Michigan United States
=18 20 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
=18 19 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
=20 22 Cornell University United States
=20 28 Technical University of Munich Germany

(Next page: Top 20 institutions for computer science; methodology and criteria)

Rankings for Computer Science (the full results and analysis can be found here)

[NR means Not Ranked]

Rank 2018 Previous year Institution Country
1 NR Stanford University United States
2 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
3 3 University of Oxford United Kingdom
4 1 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
5 NR University of Cambridge United Kingdom
=6 2 California Institute of Technology United States
=6 12 Carnegie Mellon University United States
8 5 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
9 7 Imperial College London United Kingdom
10 8 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
11 NR Harvard University United States
12 NR Princeton University United States
13 10 National University of Singapore Singapore
14 16 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
15 11 Cornell University United States
16 9 Technical University of Munich Germany
17 13 University of Washington United States
18 12 University College London United Kingdom
19 20 Columbia University United States
20 21 Tsinghua University China

Methodology Facts

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across  their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE uses 13 calibrated performance indicators to try and provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons.
Please see below for more information on the methodologies for each ranking:

Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2018

The Times Higher Education Subject Rankings includes narrower subject areas. Below is the list of subjects used to create the two subject rankings:

Engineering & Technology ranking Computer Science ranking
Subject areas . General Engineering
. Electrical and Electronic Engineering
. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
.Civil Engineering
.Chemical Engineering
. Computer Science

Different Weights and Measures

The subject tables employ the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2018, brought together with scores provided under five categories. However, the overall methodology is recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields.

The weightings for the two subject rankings are:

Pillars Engineering & Technology   Computer Science
Teaching: the learning environment 30% 30%
Research: volume, income and reputation 30% 30%
Citations: research influence 27.5% 27.5%
International outlook: Staff, students and research 7.5% 7.5%
Industry income: innovation 5% 5%

Criteria

No institution can be included in the overall World University Rankings unless it has published a minimum of 1,000 research papers over the five years we examine.

For the eleven subject tables, the thresholds are set differently. For engineering and technology, the threshold drops to 500 papers published in this discipline over the last five years. And THE expects an institution to have at least 4 percent of its staff working in this discipline in order to include it in the subject table.

For computer science, the threshold drops to 500 papers published in this discipline over the last five years. And THE expects an institution to have at least 1 percent of its staff working in this discipline in order to include it in the subject table.

Material from press releases were used in this report.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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