Rankometer Advisory Board 2022


The second edition of the AppliedHE Rankometer World University Rankings presents an opportunity to compare the state of global higher education today to the state of global higher education in January 2021, when the first edition of the AppliedHE Rankometer was published.

The two editions of Rankometer are used to answer three questions:

  • What has changed among the top 10 universities worldwide and in Asia?
  • Which universities are new to Rankometer in 2022?
  • How are the universities of different countries doing in Rankometer 2022, compared to 2021?

Changes in the Top 10

The Rankometer list of top 10 universities worldwide is relatively stable, and continues to be dominated by well-known universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. New in the top-10 list in 2022 is Columbia University, while the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) drops to 12th place.

Ranko RankUniversityCountry
1Harvard UniversityUnited States
1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
3Stanford UniversityUnited States
4University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
5University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
6University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
7Princeton UniversityUnited States
8Yale UniversityUnited States
9Columbia UniversityUnited States
9University of ChicagoUnited States


In Asia meanwhile, the top 10 shows the continued strong performance of universities in China (Mainland), Hong Kong and Singapore. Two Hong Kong institutions exit the top-10 in 2022, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong and Shanghai Jiao Tong University are new entrants in 83rd and 105th place. Asia’s top university, Tsinghua University, rises from 26th to 24th place in 2022.

Ranko RankUniversityCountry
24Tsinghua UniversityChina (Mainland)
28National University of SingaporeSingapore
33Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
54Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong SAR
59Peking UniversityChina (Mainland)
59University of Hong KongHong Kong SAR
71University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina (Mainland)
80Zhejiang UniversityChina (Mainland)
83Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong SAR
105Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina (Mainland)

New to Rankometer

The 2022 edition of the AppliedHE Rankometer World University Rankings has 26 new institutions. Among the new institutions are three notable entrants, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST, 250th), University of Victoria, Canada (UVic, 262nd), and Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT, 361st). These institutions enter Rankometer in a very high position, whereas most other entrants (and exits) take place in the 400-500 ranking range.

UNIST is one of the four public universities in South Korea which are dedicated to research in science and technology, along with KAIST (167th), GIST, and DGIST. UNIST was founded in 2007 in response to growing demand for higher education in the city of Ulsan, which is home to a large automotive (Hyundai Motor), shipbuilding (Hyundai Heavy Industries) and petrochemical industry (SK Energy).

UVic was erroneously excluded from Rankometer 2021 due to confusion about its name, which is similar to “Victoria” universities in Australia (484th) and New Zealand (468th).

UVic is a public research university located in the municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich, British Columbia, Canada. The university traces its roots to Victoria College, the first post-secondary institution established in the province of British Columbia in 1903.

BUCT, colloquially known in Chinese as Beihua (北化, Běihuà) or Huada (化大, Huàdà), is a public technological university in mainland China. BUCT was founded in 1958 and is a part of the Ministry of Education. Is it a member university of the Double First Class University Plan and Project 211, and has developed into a comprehensive university, with a curriculum including liberal arts.

An overview of the 10-highest ranked new entrants to Rankometer 2022 are shown below.

Ranko RankUniversityCountry
250Ulsan National Institute of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
262University of VictoriaCanada
361Beijing University of Chemical TechnologyChina (Mainland)
387Heinrich Heine University DüsseldorfGermany
410University of Alaska FairbanksUnited States
419Colorado School of MinesUnited States
430Auckland University of TechnologyNew Zealand
430University of PerugiaItaly
440New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUnited States
442Tampere UniversityFinland

Other new entrants from Asia and Africa include: Sejong University (462nd), University of Johannesburg (491st), Amirkabir University of Technology (492nd), East China University of Science and Technology (495th) and Waseda University (500th).

Country-level Analysis

Although the AppliedHE Rankometer World University Rankings ranks at the level of individual universities, it also provides some insight into the performance of national higher education systems.

Below are some indicators for countries with 10 or more universities in Rankometer, which is in itself, a notable achievement. There are now 12 countries with more than 10 institutions in Rankometer, the latest addition being South Korea, which had only 8 Rankometered-universities in 2021 and has 2022 as of July 2022.

Canada, China (Mainland), Japan, South Korea and Spain saw an increase in universities among the world’s top 500, while Germany and the United States saw a decline.

Countries seeing a 10-place improvement or more in the average Rankometer ranking of their universities (shown by a negative figure in the Average Ranko July 2022 column) are Australia, Canada, China (Mainland) and France.

Countries seeing a 20-place decline or more in the average Rankometer ranking of their universities (shown by a positive figure) are Japan, South Korea, Spain and the United States.

However global higher education systems are complex: an increase in the number of universities among the Rankometer top-500 can lead to a decline in the average Ranko rank due these universities likely entering in the lower tiers of the ranking (typically 400th or below).

China (Mainland) is a notable exception to this phenomenon, showing both an increase in universities in Rankometer and average Ranko Rank. The question is: will this trend continue

CountryNo. of Universities
(Jan 2021)
No. of Universities
(July 2022)
Average Ranko
(Jan 2021)
Average Ranko
(July 2022)
Australia2929222208 (-14)
Canada*2122 (+1)231243 (-12)
China (Mainland)4244 (+2)293281 (-12)
France1414279289 (-10)
Germany3836 (-2)261262 (+1)
Italy2121316325 (+9)
Japan1112 (+1)292315 (+23)
Netherlands1313131127 (-4)
South Korea810 (+2)271291 (+20)
Spain1314 (+1)328363 (+35)
United Kingdom5151198200 (+2)
United States124116 (-8)168193 (+25)

* Performance of Canada in January 2021 Rankometer is likely underestimated due to the erroneous exclusion of the University of Victoria (Canada).