Five Hong Kong universities named among top 100 in world rankings

Five of the best institutes of higher learning in Hong Kong were among the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

The newly released ranking, released on Wednesday, includes 1,799 universities in 104 countries and regions.

The University of Hong Kong is ranked 31st as the best in Hong Kong, dropping one spot from last year. The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranked 45th, rising for three consecutive years.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was ranked 58th and Hong Kong Polytechnic University 79th, up 12 places from the 2022 ranking.

The City University of Hong Kong ranked 99th in the table, up significantly from 151st place in 2022.

Meanwhile, China’s share of the world’s top 100 places has risen from just two in 2018 to seven today, with Tsinghua University ranked 16th, the best among Asian countries.

South Korea has three places in the top 100, up from two in 2018. Singapore and Japan each occupy two places in the top 100.

The University of Oxford tops the rankings for the seventh consecutive year. Harvard University remains in second place, but Cambridge University has slipped from fifth place last year to third place.

The World University Rankings is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance in four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. This year’s ranking analyzed more than 121 million citations in more than 15.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 40,000 academics around the world.

Harvard leads the teaching pillar, while Oxford leads the research pillar. At the top of the international pillar is the Macau University of Science and Technology.