Every so often newspapers produce lists of universities that excel in or are noteworthy for something. Here is a list of ten universities that, according to Times Higher Education (THE), have achieved remarkable success in the world of global research. In a time of austerity when the wells of patronage are running dry, they should be an example to us all: they have achieved a massive global research impact, measured by field-normalised citations, despite limited funding, minimal reputations and few or very few publications. The source is the THE World and Asian rankings citations indicator.
1. First on the list is Alexandria University in Egypt, 4th in the world and a near perfect score for research impact in 2010-11.
2. In the same year Hong Kong Baptist University was tenth for research impact, ahead of the University of Chicago and the University of Hong Kong.
3. In 2011-12 Royal Holloway, University of London, was in 12th place, ahead of any other British or European institution.
4. The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, in Moscow, a specialist institution, was top of the table for citations in 2012-13.
5. In 2013-14 and 2014-15 Tokyo Metropolitan University had a perfect score of 100 for citations, a distinction shared only with MIT.
6. In 2014-15 Federico Santa Maria Technical University was sixth in the world for research impact and first in Latin America with a near perfect score of 99.7.
7. In the same year Bogazici University in Turkey reached the top twenty for research impact.
8. St George's, University of London, was the top institution in the world for research impact in 2016-17.
9. In that year Anglia Ruskin University, a former art school, was tenth for this metric, equal to Oxford and well ahead of the other university in Cambridge.
10. Last year's THE Asian rankings saw Vel Tech University in Chennai achieve the highest impact of any Asian university.