The University of Hong Kong topped The Times Higher Education rankings of the most international universities in the world for 2023. Three other colleges in the city — City University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University — also made the Top 10 for this year.

The rankings are compiled using the international student score, the international staff score, the international co-authorship score, and the international reputation of each institution. Other universities in the Top 10 are based in Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

1The University of Hong KongHong Kong
2École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
3ETH ZurichSwitzerland
4City University of Hong KongHong Kong
5The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
6Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
7Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
8University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
9University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
10National University of SingaporeSingapore
The Times Higher Education rankings for the most international universities of 2023.

While The Hong Kong University held on to its top position from 2022, City University (No. 4) and Hong Kong Polytechnic (No. 6) were new entries. However, HKUST (No. 5) dropped two places from last year’s rankings. The list, which features a total of 197 institutions, also includes the Chinese University of Hong Kong (No. 17).

In addition, the Times Higher Education list for best universities in the world places the University of Hong Kong as the fourth-best in Asia at No. 31, only preceded by Tsinghua University (No. 16) and Peking University (No. 17) in Beijing, and National University of Singapore (No. 19). Other SAR institutions that made the Top 100 include The Chinese University of Hong Kong (No. 45), HKUST (No. 58), Hong Kong Polytechnic (No. 79), and City University of Hong Kong (No. 99).

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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