MIT had previously been ranked ninth in the survey, but the Institute’s position jumped as Times Higher Education revised its methodology to place less importance on reputation and heritage and to give more weight to hard measures of excellence in research and teaching.
“We would like to congratulate The Massachusetts Institute of Technology for its performance in this year’s rigorous rankings. Being ranked three in the world top 200 is an impressive achievement,” said Ann Mroz, editor of Times Higher Education. “The top 200 universities in the world represent only a tiny fraction of world higher education, and any institution that makes it into this table is truly world-class.”
To compile this year’s rankings, Times Higher Education relied on data provided by Thomson Reuters and on an invitation-only reputation survey of more than 13,000 verified academics. Each school’s ranking includes 13 separate performance indicators across five broad categories: teaching (30 percent), research influence, as measured by citations (32.5 percent), research volume, income and reputation (30 percent), international diversity (5 percent) and research income from industry (2.5 percent).
The annual survey was first published in 2004.