Johns Hopkins No. 12 in annual World University Rankings

'Times Higher Education' list ranks schools based on research reputation, knowledge transfer, and international outlook, among other indicators

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Johns Hopkins University is No. 12 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2020, which were published online today and include 1,396 colleges and universities from 92 countries.

This is the second year Johns Hopkins has been No. 12 on the list after moving up a spot in the 2019 rankings. Hopkins ranks No. 9 overall among U.S. schools, according to THE.

Oxford University tops this year's rankings, followed by the California Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, and Stanford University.

The World University Rankings rely on a methodology that aims to "judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook," according to THE. Scores are generated from 13 performance indicators grouped into five thematic areas:

  • Teaching, which examines the reputation of the school's academic instruction as well as student-to-teacher ratios, the ratio of doctoral degrees to bachelor degrees awarded, the number of faculty who hold doctorates, and the income of academic staff
  • Research, which analyzes the number of publications per staff member at an institution, the research income of the school, and the reputation of that research
  • Citations, which examines the school's research influence
  • Industry income, which measures knowledge transfer by quantifying the income generated by research partnerships with private industries
  • International outlook, which weighs the percentage of international staff, students, and co-authorship to determine a school's ability to attract students, faculty, and staff from around the world

This year, scores were drawn from 21,000 academic reputation survey responses, 12.8 million research publications, and 77.4 million citations over the past five years.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings rely on a different methodology than the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Best U.S. Colleges rankings published last week. That list, which also had JHU at No. 12, compares schools based on student resources, engagement, student outcomes, and campus environment.