The 2012-2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Arts and Humanities table judges world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking of the world's top 50 universities for arts and humanities employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

Top 50 arts and humanities universities

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 Stanford University United States
91.5
2 Columbia University United States
90.6
3 Harvard University United States
89.9
3 University of Chicago United States
89.9
5 University of Pennsylvania United States
87.8
6 University of Oxford United Kingdom
86.6
7 University of California, Berkeley United States
85.7
8 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
85.2
9 Princeton University United States
85.1
10 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
84.9
11 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
84.7
12 New York University (NYU) United States
84.3
13 Australian National University Australia
83.4
14 Duke University United States
83.3
15 Yale University United States
82.8
16 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
81.2
17 University of Toronto Canada
81.1
18 University of Michigan United States
80.1
19 Cornell University United States
79.0
20 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey United States
78.2
21 University of Sydney Australia
77.2
22 University of Texas at Austin United States
75.9
23 McGill University Canada
75.6
23 University of Melbourne Australia
75.6
25 Freie Universität Berlin Germany
74.5
26 Leiden University Netherlands
74.2
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
73.7
28 King's College London United Kingdom
72.6
29 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
72.4
30 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
72.3
31 Brown University United States
72.2
32 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
71.2
33 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
70.5
34 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
69.6
35 University of California, San Diego United States
69.2
36 Georgetown University United States
68.3
37 KU Leuven Belgium
68.2
38 Universität Heidelberg Germany
68.0
39 University of Manchester United Kingdom
67.5
40 University of British Columbia Canada
66.8
41 University of Notre Dame United States
66.7
42 University of Massachusetts United States
66.1
43 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
65.8
43 University of Warwick United Kingdom
65.8
45 University of Pittsburgh United States
65.1
46 Lancaster University United Kingdom
64.8
46 University of Vienna Austria
64.8
48 Durham University United Kingdom
64.3
49 University of Virginia United States
64.1
49 University of Arizona United States
64.1

Art and Humanities Rankings:
Anglo-US ascendant as Europe retreats


4 October 2012

Stanford University, which counts former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky and authors Ken Kesey and Jeffrey Eugenides among its alumni, has retained its position at the top of the arts and humanities subject table this year, just as the US and the UK have strengthened their grip on the discipline.

The US has three more universities in the top 50 this year than in 2011- 12, taking its total to 25.

Columbia University is a notable entrant, displacing Harvard University from the number two spot. The University of Pennsylvania enters the top 10 and Duke University makes its debut, with this year's line-up shaped by extra data from more institutions.

Ten UK institutions make the list, one more than last year, with Durham University and the University of Warwick entering the top 50.

The University of Oxford, the UK's top-ranked arts and humanities institution, edges up one place to sixth.

Only two universities from Asia feature (matching the region's performance in 2011-12) - the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.

The former boasts the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures, which analyses global flows of culture, identity, media and technology with the help of an advisory board drawn from universities across the world. It climbs seven places to 29, while the National University of Singapore drops by five to 43.

The improved showing for US and UK universities comes at the expense of continental Europe, which now has seven institutions ranked in the top 50, three fewer than last year.
Down Under, New Zealand has lost its sole representative, the University of Auckland.
Meanwhile, Canberra-based Australian National University - last year the only institution not from the US or the UK to achieve a top-five position in a subject table - has fallen to 13th place.

However, Australia has maintained three universities in the top 50.