The 2012-2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Physical Sciences 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 physical sciences 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.

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Top 50 physical sciences universities

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
93.4
2 University of California, Berkeley United States
92.4
3 Princeton University United States
92.1
4 Stanford University United States
91.1
5 Harvard University United States
90.9
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
89.8
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
89.5
8 University of Chicago United States
88.0
9 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
86.0
10 University of Oxford United Kingdom
85.5
11 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
85.1
12 Cornell University United States
84.8
13 Yale University United States
84.4
14 University of Washington United States
83.2
15 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
82.1
16 Columbia University United States
81.7
17 Imperial College London United Kingdom
81.5
18 University of Texas at Austin United States
80.0
19 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
79.2
20 University of Michigan United States
78.2
21 Northwestern University United States
77.6
22 École Polytechnique France
76.9
23 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
76.6
24 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
75.5
25
The University of Tokyo
Japan
74.9
26 University of Melbourne Australia
73.9
27
University of Toronto
Canada
73.4
28 Australian National University Australia
71.9
29 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
71.6
30 University of Colorado Boulder United States
71.3
31 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
70.9
32 University of Pennsylvania United States
70.5
33 Rice University United States
69.9
34 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
69.7
35
University of British Columbia
Canada
69.4
36 Université Paris-Sud France
68.7
36 Duke University United States
68.7
38 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
68.1
39 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
67.7
39 Universität Heidelberg Germany
67.7
39 Kyoto University Japan
67.7
39
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore
67.7
43 Brown University United States
67.3
44 École Normale Supérieure France
67.2
45 Durham University United Kingdom
67.1
45 Peking University China
67.1
47 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States
66.7
48 Boston University United States
64.3
48 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
64.3
50 Carnegie Mellon University United States
64.1

Physical Sciences Rankings:
Asian force gathers additional momentum

 

4 October 2012

Asian representation in Times Higher Education's physical sciences top 50 has doubled since last year, with two additional countries from the region represented in the 2012-2013 table.

The National University of Singapore enters, as does China's Peking University. The former ranks particularly highly for its international outlook, while the latter scores top marks for industry income.

Peking's School of Physics, more than 100 years old, currently boasts 15 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences among its 200 faculty, and reports that it has enjoyed investment of more than 200 million yuan (£20 million) in recent years.

Japan retains two representatives in the top 50: the University of Tokyo (25th) and Kyoto University (joint 39th).

However, institutions from the US continue to dominate, occupying eight of the top 10 places and 27 overall.

The number one spot is taken by the California Institute of Technology. Despite its small size, Caltech's staff and graduates have been awarded more than 30 Nobel prizes over the years.
Princeton University, which was joint first last year, has dropped to third, with the University of California, Berkeley rising one place to second. Berkeley comes top for research volume, income and reputation.

The UK has maintained two institutions - the universities of Cambridge and Oxford - in the top 10, with Cambridge rising one place. However, the number of UK universities in the top 50 has fallen from eight to six.

The top non-Anglo-Saxon institution is ETH Zurich-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, which maintains 11th position.

Germany and France have both increased their presence in the ranking. The latter now has four representatives thanks to Universite Paris-Sud's entrance (joint 36th). A third German institution, Georg-August- Universitat Gottingen, debuts two places higher.
Australia and Canada are also represented in the table.