USP Ranked Amongst the Top 10% of Universities in the World


The University of the South Pacific (USP) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

THE World University Rankings data places USP in the band from 1000 to 1200. Today’s announcement by the THE, ranks USP in the top 10% of universities in the world. In addition, it ranks USP in the top 400 universities for International Outlook and top 500 universities in Industry Outcome*.

The ranking has been described by USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, as a proud achievement for the University.

“To be ranked in one of the most prestigious ranking systems in the world announces our arrival on the global stage.  We are now part of an exclusive club of universities,” he said.

Professor Ahluwalia added that the USP community can take great pride in the outstanding achievements that have led to this validation of the tremendous work done.

“Today is a day of great celebration for our staff, students, alumni, member countries and our donor community,” he said.

“It reflects on the confidence that they have instilled in the USP and is a great time to rejoice and thank them for their unwavering support.”

Professor Ahluwalia further stated that the ranking reinforces the importance of the University as a regional institution.

“This celebration of ranking most certainly is for our researchers, academics and students who are involved in ensuring that we advance knowledge and continue to be the premier University of the Pacific,” he added.

His Excellency the President of Nauru, Lionel Aingimea said that for USP to be ranked in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings is a remarkable achievement.

“Today, USP has arrived amongst some of the most renowned universities of the world. It is a day when the 12 member countries that own the USP can rejoice and see the resources and efforts invested in this great Pacific institution being justly rewarded. This ranking is a resounding endorsement of regionalism,” he added.

The THE World University Rankings is the only global university league table to evaluate research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: (1) Teaching (the learning environment); (2) Research (volume, income and reputation); (3) Citations (research influence); (4) Industry Income (knowledge transfer) and (5) International Outlook (international staff, students and research collaborations.

The high score for Industry Income per academic staff reflects the University’s ability to attract external funds for research in specific areas such as the Physical Sciences, including Environmental Science, Marine Science, Climate Change and the Life Sciences including Agriculture. The high score for International Outlook reflects the proportion of international academic staff at the University.

For a University to be ranked with the THE, it must meet the following minimum threshold:

  • Teaching: Must teach undergraduate students;
  • University: Must have no more than 80% of faculty devoted to one subject;
  • Research: Must have published 1000 papers in the past five years with minimum of 150 papers in a year.

The data for the ranking process is collated by the THE from three sources: Performance data from Universities, Reputation data from Academics and Bibliometric data from Elsevier.

The Performance data, which USP submitted via the THE data portal in March 2021 and further updates submitted as required, was based on the 2018-2019 academic year as per THE requirements.

You can learn more about the THE World University Rankings here

Note: *There are around 20,000 Universities in the world as per the International Handbook of Universities Edition 2021 (UNESCO)

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