Angola Leads Africa, As 2,858 Universities Submit Data For World University Rankings

An unprecedented number of universities participated in the Times Higher Education (THE) data collection for this year’s World University Rankings. A record 2,858 institutions from 133 countries/regions submitted data between January and March, marking a 7% increase from last year when 127 countries were represented.

Notably, participation from African universities has surpassed that from North America for the first time, with 285 African institutions submitting data—a 20% increase from last year and the largest rise of any continent. Universities from Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burkina Faso participated for the first time.

Asia remains the most-represented continent with 1,209 submissions, reflecting an 8% increase. Angola experienced the most significant growth in participation, with 20 institutions submitting data, up from just one the previous year. Iraq, Ukraine, Turkey, and India also saw increases in submissions exceeding ten institutions each.

The US leads with 182 participating institutions, followed by the UK (162), Japan (144), and India (133). Turkey surpassed the 100-mark for the first time, with 111 universities taking part.

While data submission is open to all universities, institutions will only be ranked if they teach undergraduates, conduct research across multiple subjects, and have published at least 1,000 research papers between 2019 and 2023, with a minimum of 100 annually.

THE’s data team is currently reviewing the submissions to build the World University Rankings 2025, scheduled for publication in October. This data will also inform the 2025 Subject Rankings and various regional and thematic rankings, including the Arab, Asia, Latin America, and Young University tables, as well as the inaugural Interdisciplinary Science Rankings.

Last year, 1,904 universities were ranked in the World University Rankings, with an additional 769 listed as reporters, indicating they submitted data but did not meet THE’s ranking criteria.

The World University Rankings 2025 will be exclusively revealed at THE’s World Academic Summit 2024, set to take place from October 7-9 in Manchester, UK.