Times Higher education published its list of top universities in the world after comprehensive and balanced performance evaluation. The rankings are based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators across five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

Among 1,000 big schools across 77 countries, the leading institution is from Oxford, England, United Kingdom.

The University of Oxford (established in 1096) remained on the top spot after gaining it for the first time last year while Oxford's historic rival, the University of Cambridge has jumped from fourth to second place.

Undeniably, World's University Ranking 2018 was the second year of any US institution's failure to claim back the number one position.

The US dominated the world in the past 12 years of ranking but were fallen behind to the third spot. California Institute of Technology and Stanford University are both ranked as third. To know more about the result, I'm giving you the complete top 10 list of 2018 ranking and its equivalent in 2017.

Top 10 best learning institutions

1. The University of Oxford (2017 #1: University of Oxford)

2. The University of Cambridge (2017 #2: California Institute of Technology)

3. California Institute of Technology (2017 #3: Standford University )

3. Standford University (2017 #4: University of Cambridge )

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017 #5: The same)

6. Harvard University (2017 #6: The same)

7. Princeton University (2017 #7: The same)

8. Imperial College London (2017 #8: The same)


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The University of Chicago from (2017 #9: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology Zurich)

10. The University of Pennsylvania (2017 #10: University of Chicago)

10. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology Zurich

Out of the 11 mentioned above, 7 of which are from the United States of America (ranked # 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10), 3 of which are from the United Kingdom (ranked # 1,2, and 8) and one from Switzerland (ranked # 10). The University of Pennsylvania is the only new comer to the top 10.

Meanwhile, this year's ranking also confirmed the consistent rise of the Far East. Outside the jurisdiction of Europe and the U.S., the National University of Singapore is the top- ranked institution at 22nd. China's leading institutions, Peking and Tsinghua universities overcome the highest-placed universities, Melbourne University in Australia and LMU Munich Germany.

The no. 1s within 8 years of ranking

Now, let's recall the result in the past seven years of ranking. Seven years back in 2011 the leading university was Harvard University. Replaced by California Institute of Technology in the next five years, when it remained on top from 2012 to 2016. Again, last years champ was this year's number one, The University of Oxford.