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These two charts will change how you think about the world’s best universities

What are the essential ingredients needed to make a world-class university?

As the editor of Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for the past seven years, this is a question that I’m asked very often.

The answer always involves a discussion of the importance of institutional autonomy and academic freedom, and a recognition of the crucial fact that without great people, there can be no great university.

Dive 1aBut one element is undeniably more important than any other: cold, hard cash.

You can’t establish or sustain a world-class university without “abundant resources” (as former World Bank tertiary education specialist Jamil…

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