The University of Oxford has become the first U.K. institution to top Times Higher Education's computer science and engineering and technology subject rankings.
Oxford overtook three prestigious U.S. universities renowned for their strength in technology to take pole position in the two tables. In the computer science ranking it outperformed Stanford University, which fell two places to third, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which dropped three places to fifth.
Meanwhile, in the engineering and technology rankings, Oxford achieved a higher overall score than Stanford, which dropped one place to second, and the California Institute of Technology, which fell two places to fourth.
Oxford is not the only European success story at the top of the computer science ranking; ETH Zurich rose two places to second, while the University of Cambridge climbed one place to fourth. However, in the engineering table, Cambridge dropped one place to sixth, while ETH remained at ninth.
Oxford improved its scores for teaching environment and industry income in both tables, and saw a boost in its scores for research environment and international outlook in the engineering and technology ranking.
In contrast, both Stanford and Caltech received lower scores for research environment in the engineering table while Stanford and MIT received lower scores for teaching environment, research environment, and industry income in the computer science list.
This year, Times Higher Education (THE) made a small adjustment to the eligibility criterion for academic staff in the subject tables, which explains why there are some highly ranked new entrants in the lists. For example, Harvard University has joined the engineering table in third place.
THE's 11 subject rankings have each been expanded this year. The computer science ranking now includes 684 universities, up from 301 last year, while the engineering and technology ranking includes 903 institutions, up from 501.
The subject rankings are based on the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall THE World University Rankings 2019, but the methodologies have been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.
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