City University Hong Kong has topped THE’s new Most International Universities table with six other World 100 members making the top 20

The results, announced on 24 January, reflect the important role of global reputation, with data from THE Academic Reputation Survey focusing on votes from outside a university’s home country representing 25% of the total score in this ranking.

Institutions must receive at least 300 votes and at least 150 (or 10 per cent) of available domestic votes to be ranked. International co-authorships and proportion of global staff and students makes also feature in the methodology of the rankings.

Kings College London (12th), LSE (17th), University of Edinburgh (19th), University of Manchester (23rd) and UNSW Sydney (26th) all improved their positions in the latest Most International Universities table.

Universities from Hong Kong, the UK and Switzerland continue to dominate the upper reaches of the ranking. World 100 members Hong Kong University (6) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (13) sit alongside not only City U but also two other HK institutions in the top 20.

The Most International Universities ranking is notable for not featuring the leading US institutions amongst the leaders; MIT ranks 30th and Harvard sits at 55th place. Mainland Chinese universities, which have been rising rapidly in other global rankings, also fare less well with Peking University the leading institution ranking only 139th.