Oxford & Cambridge Top Prestigious Global University Computer Science Ranking

In a boost for the UK university sector, Oxford and Cambridge are at the top of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) 2019 rankings for Computer Science, ahead of big-name, globally recognized US institutions.

The rankings show that, overall, Oxford University, which scored 96 points based on THE’s criteria, leads Cambridge University by 1.2 points, with Stanford University in third, just 0.1 behind Cambridge. That trio are followed by a slew of other US universities, including Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton and Yale. The next British university on the list is Imperial College London, which ranked ninth with 90.3 points overall (see table below).

Those rankings reflect the overall Times Higher Education Computer Science scores, which are an aggregate of points awarded for a range of criteria, including teaching and research.

For teaching, the top spot is taken by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which scored 94.5 points. Stanford is second, with 93.6 points, while Cambridge is third (92.1 points). Oxford, meanwhile, came fifth, with 91.8 points.

In terms of research, the UK universities top the pile, with Oxford scoring 99.5 and Cambridge 98.8, just ahead of Harvard on 98.4. This ranking is possibly due to Oxford’s research focus on artificial intelligence and associated topics, such as machine learning, deep learning and neural networks. Cambridge is also strong in these areas, while both UK institutions have been successful in attracting significant funding that will enable them to continue to be regarded globally as leading AI research centers.

Other scoring criteria included “citations” and “international outlook.!

The full list of the 2019 university rankings is available on the THE website, with a full breakdown of many different subjects, topics and categories.

— Phil Oakley, Site Editor, TechX365 |


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