Magazine article Times Higher Education

Germany Advances, Britain Holds Firm and the US Loses Ground

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Germany Advances, Britain Holds Firm and the US Loses Ground

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THE World University Rankings by subject: arts and humanities results announced. Ellie Bothwell writes

The UK has stood its ground in this year's Times Higher Education ranking for arts and humanities subjects, amid mounting pressure from continental Europe.

UK institutions make up a fifth of the top 100 list, the same proportion as last year, while five UK universities sit in the top 20, up from four last year. These are the University of Oxford (fourth), University College London (fifth), the University of Cambridge (sixth), King's College London (15th) and the University of Edinburgh (16th).

Chris Wickham, head of Oxford's humanities division, cited the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), which launched in 2013, as one reason for its success in this area.

"TORCH is already a focus for cutting-edge research in interdisciplinary areas, and runs enthusiastically attended events, bringing together researchers from graduates to senior staff, in every one of our subject areas," he said. "We will build on this in the future, for example in the area of digital humanities."

However, Germany is the standout performer in the list with a total of 11 places, five more than last year, making it the third best represented nation. Its highest-ranked institution, the Free University of Berlin, makes the top 20 (18th) for the first time this year.

Switzerland has also upped its game with three institutions in the table, up from just one last year, while the top non-Anglo-American institution is the Netherlands' Leiden University at 17th. …

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