Overview of THE Rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE)  World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings. Previously known as THE-QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education (THE) had collaborated with Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) to publish its international league tables from 2004 to 2009 before both started to announce their own versions. QS continued with the same methodology while THE adopted a new methodology.

The Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings consist of a subset of rankings which NUI Galway partake in:

The Times Higher Education(THE) launched their first independent World University Rankings in 2010/2011.  Today over a 1,500 institutions compete in the world university rankings. In order to compete in the world rankings, the institution must expand over a number of different subject areas, publish over 1,000 papers in a five year period and teach undergraduates. NUI Galway has been competing in this THE ranking since 2010/2011. 

In addition to the World Ranking list,  THE also publishes a broad Subject/Field of Study Ranking.  The subject ranking is based on data submitted in the World Rankings from each university per subject area relating to the amount of Research Income earned, the ratio of academic staff to students at a total level and international level; eleven subject areas as outlined by THE (Computer Science, Engineering & Technology, Clinical & Health, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Arts & Humanities, Education, Law, Social Sciences and Business & economics). Based on this data submitted by each university and in conjunction with research metrics sourced from Scopus, the World University Ranking list is published.  

More recently(2019) THE has launched the University Impact Rankings. The Impact Rankings was launched to keep in line with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations has developed 17 sustainable development goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.  The Times Higher Education has outlined 11 of the 17 sustainable goals which are measurable. In 2019/20 NUI Galway's submitted an application for seven out of the total of seventeen SDGs, including the overall Impact rank, and achieved a rank 68th  out of 767 institutions in the 2020 World Impact Rankings results here. in April 2020.

The European University Teaching Rankings had a brief run for two years in 2018 and 2019 but following a strategic review, THE felt there wasn't an appetite for a Europe-specific teaching ranking.