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The 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has maintained the University of Cape Coast (UCC) as the best tertiary institution in Ghana and West Africa for the year 2024.

This is the third time in succession the UCC is enjoying global laurel after being adjudged the best university in Ghana, best in West Africa, 4th best in Africa and the best university globally for research influence according to the 2022 and 2023 rankings.

Despite slipping from the 4th to the 7th position in the Africa ranking, the UCC has been able to maintain its number spot in Ghana and West Africa in the 2024 rankings.

1,902 universities, countries and regions were included in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The table is based on Times Higher Education 2024 ranking’s new WUR 3.0 methodology, which includes 18 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across five areas: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook.

In the 2024 rankings, 2,673 institutions submitted data with 411,789 data points collected. In all, over a hundred and thirty-four (134) million citations were analysed across 16.5 million research publications which included a global survey response from 68,402 scholars.

The Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking is trusted worldwide by students, teachers, governments, and industry experts, the 2024 league table reveals how the global higher education landscape is shifting.

The University of Oxford, has for the eighth year in a row, topped the ranking globally, with Stanford University moving up second place to push Harvard University down to fourth.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) climbed from fifth place to third this year, after being in joint third place in 2023.

The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart from Italy is the highest new entry ranked in the 301-350 bracket with majority of the new entries emerging from Asia.

The United States has 169 institutions being the most represented country overall, also having the highest number of institutions in the top 200(56). India has overtaken China (86) from the fourth position as the most represented country in the world with 91 institutions.

Four countries, all from Europe, also entered the ranking for the first time — Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Armenia –compared to last year’s new entrants who were all from Africa.

Stanford University leads the teaching pillar, while the universities of Oxford and Cambridge come top for research environment. The research quality pillar, which is the newly renamed citations pillar, sees MIT in the first place.

The University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates scores highest in international outlook, while 28 institutions receive a top score of 100 for the industry pillar.

In addition to the 1,904 ranked institutions, a further 769 universities are listed with “reporter” status, meaning that they provided data but did not meet The Times Higher Education’s eligibility criteria to receive a rank, and agreed to be displayed as a reporter in the final table.

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