According to The Times Higher Education website, the reputation rankings are based on the number of times a university is noted by respondents as being “the best” in its field of expertise, both for research and teaching. Each survey respondent could nominate up to 15 academic institutions and the two scores were weighed at a 2:1 ratio, giving more weight to research.
Of the respondents, 44 percent hailed from the Americas, 28 percent were based in Europe, and 25 percent were from the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.
Spoiler alert: Harvard was selected the most often, ranking it as the most highly reputed university in the world. The rest of the institutions were ranked in relation to Harvard, so a school that received a 70 percent ranking in teaching reputation, received 70 percent of the number of nominations Harvard received.