Johns Hopkins University ranks 15th globally out of 400 research universities in the recently released 2013-2014 World University Rankings compiled by London's Times Higher Education. The position marks a one-spot improvement over JHU's ranking in the weekly publication's 2012-2013 list.
The top 15 features 11 American universities—including the California Institute of Technology, which claimed the top spot for the third year in a row—and four foreign universities—Oxford (third), Cambridge (seventh), and Imperial College London (10th) in the U.K.; and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (14th) in Switzerland. Harvard, Stanford, and MIT joined Caltech and Oxford in the top five.
In specific subject areas, JHU ranked seventh in Clinical, Preclinical, and Health; and 10th in Life Sciences, according to THE.
THE's World University Rankings are based on 13 performance indicators in five key areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer, international outlook, and industry income. To be included, universities must teach undergraduate students, teach multiple subjects, and have more than 1,000 research articles published by faculty members over a five-year span (2007-2011).
In the U.S. News & World Report "best colleges" rankings, released last month, Johns Hopkins is tied for 12th.
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