5 Indian Universities in Top 400 Times World University Rankings for 2013-2014

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times world university rankingsTimes Higher Education Rankings came out for 2013 – 2014. California Institute of Technology topped the list this year.

This latest ranking is the India’s best so far in the Times World University Rankings. Guess what? IIT is not the top Indian university.

There are 5 Universities in top 400 this year with top place by Panjab University, followed by four Indian Institutes of Technology from Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Roorkee, all ranked between 351 to 400.

  • California Institute of Technology is Ranked Number 1 for the third consecutive year.
  • Harvard University and University of Oxford are Ranked 2nd
  • Stanford University is Ranked 3rd.

Top Countries in Top 100 Universities

Here is list of countries represented in top 100 of Times World University Rankings.  Are you surprised to see 46 universities from USA?


Top 400 Times World University Rankings for 2013-2014

2013-14 rank2012-13 rankInstitutionCountry
11California Institute of TechnologyUS
24Harvard UniversityUS
22University of OxfordUK
42Stanford UniversityUS
55Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS
66Princeton UniversityUS
77University of CambridgeUK
89University of California, BerkeleyUS
910University of ChicagoUS
108Imperial College LondonUK
1111Yale UniversityUS
1213University of California, Los AngelesUS
1314Columbia UniversityUS
1412ETH Zürich ­- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichSwitzerland
1516Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
1615University of PennsylvaniaUS
1723Duke UniversityUS
1820University of MichiganUS
1918Cornell UniversityUS
2021University of TorontoCanada
2117University College LondonUK
2219Northwestern UniversityUS
2327University of TokyoJapan
2422Carnegie Mellon UniversityUS
2524University of WashingtonUS
2629National University of SingaporeSingapore
2725University of Texas at AustinUS
2825Georgia Institute of TechnologyUS
2933University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUS
3031University of Wisconsin-MadisonUS
3130University of British ColumbiaCanada
3239London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
3335University of California, Santa BarbaraUS
3428University of MelbourneAustralia
3534McGill UniversityCanada
3642Karolinska InstituteSweden
3740École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
3857King’s College LondonUK
3932University of EdinburghUK
4041New York UniversityUS
4038University of California, San DiegoUS
4244Washington University in St LouisUS
4335University of Hong KongHong Kong
4459Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
4546Peking UniversityChina
4647University of MinnesotaUS
4742University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUS
4837Australian National UniversityAustralia
4961Pennsylvania State UniversityUS
5054Boston UniversityUS
5052Tsinghua UniversityChina
5251Brown UniversityUS
5244University of California, DavisUS
5254Kyoto UniversityJapan
5548University of MunichGermany
5668Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
5765Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
5849University of ManchesterUK
5953Ohio State UniversityUS
6050Pohang University of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
6158KU LeuvenBelgium
6269Purdue UniversityUS
6370University of GottingenGermany
6365University of QueenslandAustralia
6559École Normale Supérieure, ParisFrance
6575Rice UniversityUS
6764Leiden UniversityNetherlands
6878University of HeidelbergGermany
6977Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
7062École PolytechniqueFrance
7056University of Southern CaliforniaUS
7262University of SydneyAustralia
7372Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
74142University of BaselSwitzerland
7467Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
7686Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
7770Wageningen University and Research CenterNetherlands
7876University of PittsburghUS
7974University of BristolUK
8080Durham UniversityUK
8079Emory UniversityUS
8087Tufts UniversityUS
8383University of AmsterdamNetherlands
8394Michigan State UniversityUS
8593Ghent UniversityBelgium
86128Free University of BerlinGermany
87105Technical University of MunichGermany
88104Case Western Reserve UniversityUS
88106Vanderbilt UniversityUS
9094University of Notre DameUS
9199Monash UniversityAustralia
9288McMaster UniversityCanada
9396University of California, IrvineUS
9499Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
95102University of RochesterUS
9681Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityFrance
9791University of Colorado BoulderUS
9889University of GroningenNetherlands
98115Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
100109University of HelsinkiFinland
100103University of YorkUK
102119Royal Holloway, University of LondonUK
10398University of ArizonaUS
10399Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyUS
103117Stockholm UniversitySweden
106114Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
10684University of MontrealCanada
10897University of Maryland, College ParkUS
109121University of AlbertaCanada
109124Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
111106Uppsala UniversitySweden
112110University of SheffieldUK
112118University of VirginiaUS
11485University of New South WalesAustralia
11492University of Paris-SudFrance
114145Queen Mary, University of LondonUK
117139University of GlasgowUK
117140KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
117108University of St AndrewsUK
117149Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
121110University of SussexUK
12189University of ZürichSwitzerland
12382Lund UniversitySweden
124133University of GenevaSwitzerland
125128Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
126113University of Cape TownSouth Africa
126124Dartmouth CollegeUS
128122University of FloridaUS
129154RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
129110Trinity College DublinRepublic of Ireland
131127Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
132134Indiana UniversityUS
132130University of LausanneSwitzerland
13272University of MassachusettsUS
135150Boston CollegeUS
136122University of California, Santa CruzUS
137145Lancaster UniversityUK
138116Aarhus UniversityDenmark
139184Colorado School of MinesUS
139142University of LeedsUK
141124University of WarwickUK
142134National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
143134University of UtahUS
144147Osaka UniversityJapan
144140VU University AmsterdamNetherlands
146148Arizona State UniversityUS
146130University of SouthamptonUK
148154University of California, RiversideUS
148153University of ExeterUK
150130University of CopenhagenDenmark
150137Tohoku UniversityJapan
152144University of FreiburgGermany
153158University of BirminghamUK
154151Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
155180Joseph Fourier University – Grenoble 1France
156170ENS LyonFrance
157151University of BernSwitzerland
157120University of NottinghamUK
159156Texas A&M UniversityUS
160174Georgetown UniversityUS
161187University College DublinRepublic of Ireland
161169University of IowaUS
161196University of LeicesterUK
164192University of AntwerpBelgium
164161University of AucklandNew Zealand
164201-225Brandeis UniversityUS
164201-225Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
168190University of Western AustraliaAustralia
169171University of LiverpoolUK
170187University of TwenteNetherlands
170162University of ViennaAustria
172164Catholic University of LouvainBelgium
172156Yeshiva UniversityUS
174165University of DelawareUS
174176University of East AngliaUK
176198University at BuffaloUS
176226-250Université Libre de BruxellesBelgium
178166University Paris Diderot – Paris 7France
178162Stony Brook UniversityUS
180190Wake Forest UniversityUS
181171University of BonnGermany
181174Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUS
183193Iowa State UniversityUS
184201-225Northeastern UniversityUS
185193University of MiamiUS
185201-225University of OsloNorway
185171University of OttawaCanada
188176University of AberdeenUK
188167University of Texas at DallasUS
190183Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
191137Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
191184University of Illinois at ChicagoUS
193226-250National Graduate School of Engineering, ParisFrance
194168George Washington UniversityUS
194176University of ReadingUK
196201-225University of DundeeUK
197226-250Florida Institute of TechnologyUS
198180Newcastle UniversityUK
199276-300Bo?aziçi UniversityTurkey
199158Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael


  1. I think we Indian’s know why we lost our place in the list….Yup The Dollar to rupee ratio is to blame….Also Our Education System is Ancient and Primitive not Made in real world and In real time…

    1. Sad part – change is not coming or not coming soon enough. Even in USA education is a business but it comes with quality.

  2. If a standalone ranking is done for the masters programs , the UK masters ,being 12 months/16 months, should be the last – too expensive , very short time , invalid in india .

    1. Masters degree are for research and phd, not to get jobs.

      What happens is that these graduates are overqualified for Indian industry, as India’s industry is still in middle ages.

  3. I can see your frustration. These rankings are for university as a whole and specific to engineering.

    1. @Raghu
      My frustration is at the times rankings. True that the indian system of education is bad, but it isn’t so far gone that IITs rank lower than Punjab university. I think the methodology of this survey needs to be scrutinized.

      your humble reader would prefer it much if you posted rankings from QS or US News which are at least more reliable!

      1. You need to read my criticism about US news rankings. I think you have to pay QS to be even included in rankings.

      2. It is appalling that people don’t consider non technical education as education in itself .
        Why should criterion be based on technology only ??.
        P.s just to add … Pu produced Two Prime ministers of India . and Two Presidents as well , That certainly is impressive .

    2. There is Times higher education world ranking available for engineering and technology, which is more relevant for prospective engineering and science students.than these overall university ranking. Please publish that. Engineering and Technology ranking will show that IIT’s are far ahead than Punjab University. You can not not compare Apples with Potatos. .

    1. Delhi university is no longer a place of thinking. Sub standard academicians have destroyed it.

  4. Wow i did an MS from Durham University which had just IELTS+academics as the entry requirement and its ranked in top 100 !Defintely the infrastructure and quality professors!

    1. There’s a myth amongst Indians that cracking tough examination means the universities are very prestigious. There’s a huge queue for maruti-suzuki, but merecedes benz, despite being costly, offers quality.

      The point here is that Indian Government has a heart of socialist, and hence, our education system is becoming joke. And IIT’s have made sure that baniya owned coaching factories make huge profit, and no, these coaching factories don’t add any value.

      If nothing is done to curb these anti national activities, then, I feel, that a revolution might happen in India, not baniya AAP types, but bloody revolutions. This always happens.

      The moderator is free to delete this comment of mine.

  5. Panjab University deserves to be on this list. Guys whosoever don’t like it should study in this university once.

  6. It is very immature to comment on rankings created by an prestigious institution like this one . Panjab university is a multi disciplinary university and accommodates more than 55 streams of education . While IIts are definitely good in Technology but they are limited to technology only . PU on the other hand excels in its research works and other subjects . Even though technical department at PU is great in itself . If an educated person should take a guess , PU provides what is expected of a an International university . Not to forget how beautiful it is and in which city it is situated “Chandigarh -India’s most livable city”. All in all PU rocks …. Make peace with it .

  7. now why punjab university is above IITs is that some of the deptts of punjab university are world class e.g. physics,mathematics,life sciences etc. these are world class deptts where the level of research is world class.
    but sadly the engg& tech deptt is very poor
    the main measure of judging a uinversity is the amount of research that is going on.

    1. Even for Engineering, I did not find IIT anywhere on top. IIT Bombay 351-400 and IIT roorkee same. Roorkee university also has falled in brand, after MHRD converted it to IIT. So much for this Indian government. IIT bombay actually has much better outlook, and promotes lateral thinking, that’s why they score better.

      As I have already mentioned, IIT system is being damaged by the MHRD of India. What started as a venture of public law 480 where western world and Indian engineers were communicating to promote Indian industries, science and technology, is now getting damaged by the MHRD. It appears that Indian government still have a heart of socialist, where, they want to control everything and promote cronyism and oligarchy.

  8. sir my name is vishal i got my gre score 286 so pls guide me which universities i will get and is there any problem for visa for this score

  9. There’s this problem. At one time, IITs undergraduate education is hyped in the media, even though, that has to be debated and the relevance of JEE must be questioned, yet Tier-3 universities of europe and even australia are producing outstanding research work in the field of Engineering and Technology too. IIT administrations must not sleep over on this fact, and must ask the faculty to perform or perish. The rankings are for post graduations and research works, not for undergrads. In fact, in western countries, the undergraduate education is not even considered to be something of worthy. India is a bit different, and is mired by cronyism and hegemony of castes/communities, and this goes at workplace and universities too.

    Also, let us not forget. The brand of IIT are a scarcity based brand, and, coaching factories have much bigger role in creating this.

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