The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking is considered to be one of the most influential university rankings in the world. It was developed in 2010 together with Thomson Reuters within the Global Institutional Profiles Project and replaced the World University Rankings, which had been published by THE since 2004 together with Quacquarelli Symonds. Quacquarelli Symonds then started publishing their own ranking of the world’s best universities in 2010 under the name QS World University Rankings, and it is also considered to be one of the leaders in its field.
The results of the ranking show the universities’ activities for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN for the period until 2030. The experts of THE try to determine how much a university is integrated into the social life, how well are its partner relations developed, which ecosystem it forms around itself while considering the university as an open system.
The contribution of National University “Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic” to the achievement of the SDGs was highly praised, and it was the best result among the universities of Poltava region, taking one of the leading position in Ukraine. The ten best Ukrainian universities were headed by Lviv Polytechnic National University.
The level of the universities’ achievements is assessed with the combination of the statistical analysis of their activity and the results of the global expert surveys of the representatives of the international academic society and the employers. During the surveys, experts choose only the best establishments to their belief out of thousands and determine the strongest universities for continuing education at graduate and post-graduate levels.
The analysis of the activity of higher education institutions covers 13 criteria. The main criteria for the assessment are the international student and teacher exchange, the number of international scholarships and grants, the level of research, the contribution to innovations, the level of education services etc.
The overall ranking was headed by University of Manchester for the first time this year. The next positions were taken by Australian universities, University of Sydney, RMIT University and La Trobe University.
The best institution from a developing county is Chulalongkorn University of Thailand (ranked 23rd).
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