Subject University Rankings 2013-2014 - Analysis

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The publication of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings has become one of the key annual events in the international higher education calendar and these global university league tables are recognised as the world's most authoritative source of broad comparative performance information on universities.

Below, Times Higher Education offers unparalleled analysis of our world rankings results and contextualises those results in light of the rapidly globalising higher education sector.

A refined instrument
We identify the world’s finest and our transparent, rigorous tables can claim similar status, argues Times Higher Education rankings editor, Phil Baty

In the place to be
It’s clear from the continuing power shift from West to East and the success of Boston that real-world geography still plays a vital role in university excellence, even in the networked age, argues Phil Baty

Brics still finding building blocks
Phil Baty on the patchy performance of the big four developing nations in this year’s rankings

Upward mobility
Head of division at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Van Damme, considers the most improved universities in the rankings

Watchwords for improvement
Diversification and specialisation are driving movement in the tables, Dirk Van Damme finds

Fresh view of pale blue dot
Phil Baty and Benjamin Hennig put the rankings results into human and economic perspective

Innovation is in the air – and everywhere else, too
President of KAUST, Jean-Lou Chameau, on the essential ecology of science and technology universities

May you lead in interesting times
Peking’s pedagogic approach is training captains to navigate choppy global waters, explains president of Peking University, Enge Wang

Social path through Pasteur’s quadrant
University research is an astonishing force for good in the world, argues vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Leszek Borysiewicz

Peer-to-peer culture
Research-led teaching on campus is the best option for academics and students, argues vice-chancellor and president of the Australian National University, Ian Young

Mutually inclusive goals
A commitment to meeting national needs can lead a charge to world-class status, argues vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Witwatersrand, Adam Habib

Highly accomplished outcasts
Thomson Reuters' product manager for institutional research, Simon Pratt, takes a closer look at the elite graduate schools and specialists excluded from the World University Rankings

New world pecking order
Director of higher education studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York, and policy professor at SUNY-Albany, Ben Wildavsky, charts the rise and rise of university rankings, domestic and international

Capital offer
London boasts quality and quantity, argues Kit Malthouse