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Johns Hopkins remains No. 12 in 'Times Higher Education' world university rankings

The list scores teaching reputation, research output, and other factors

Johns Hopkins University is again No. 12 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021, which were published online today and include 1,527 colleges and universities from 93 countries.

This is the third consecutive year that Johns Hopkins has been No. 12 on the list, after moving up a spot in the 2019 rankings. Hopkins ranks No. 9 overall among 181 U.S. schools. The 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.

"For nearly 150 years, Johns Hopkins has carried out its research mission to bring new knowledge to the world," says Ratna Sarkar, vice provost for institutional research at Johns Hopkins. "These rankings are a measure of the university's impact and a validation of its international reputation for producing that essential research while also providing a world-class education."

Oxford University again tops this year's rankings, followed by Stanford and Harvard.

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 22,000 academic reputation survey responses, 13.6 million research publications, and 86 million citations over the past five years.