After the QS World University Rankings were released on 6 September, the highly regarded Times Higher Education World University Ranking is now out too.
The two systems differ in their methodology, with the Times Higher Ed applying five broad performance indicators (Teaching; Research; Knowledge transfer; and International outlook), while QS uses six performance indicators (Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Student-to-faculty ratio, Citations per faculty; International faculty ratio; and International student ratio.
Nevertheless, their results are quite similar.
With both rankings universities from the US and the UK dominate the top ten tier, with only one exception - the Swiss ETH Zuerich.
Times Higher Ed ranking: six Australian universities are among the top 100 universities:
Another two Australian universities are among the top 200 universities:
However, the number one in the QS is the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while Times Higher Ed has the University of Oxford topping the list.
In both systems, six universities from Australia made it into the top 100. In the Times Higher Ed ranking they are led by the University of Melbourne (33) followed by the Australian National University (47), while the QS ranking has ANU (22) in the lead followed by the University of Melbourne (42).
Both rankings show a rise of Asian universities. With the Times Higher Ed there are now ten Asian universities in the top 100, including two new entries, while another four universities joined the top 200.