The annual rankings were published on Wednesday following an examination of data from 1,527 universities in 93 countries and regions.

VNU-Hanoi is in the group of universities ranked 801-1,000.

Students study in a library at Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Photo: VNU-Hanoi

This is the second consecutive year the university has made the list.

The Times Higher EducationWorld University Rankings evaluate universities according to their core missions in five criteria including teaching, research, citation, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

Each of the first three criteria accounts for 30 percent of the total score, while the last two make up 2.5 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively.

Compared to the rankings for 2020, VNU-Hanoi made improvement in all five criteria.

It scored 22.4 in the teaching category, up 2.3 percent from last year’s rankings.

Likewise, the citation metric went up by eight percent to 41.9 points.

The industry income and international outlook criteria also slightly rose by 1.6 percent and 0.6 percent.

Overall, the university’s total score improved to 26.24 points from 24.86 points.

Two other universities in Vietnam, namely VNU-Ho Chi Minh City and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, were also featured in the list of 1,001+ ranks.

The University of Oxford maintained their top spot in this year’s list of the best universities in the world, followed by Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In Asia, China’s Tsinghua University is the top university, taking the 20th place in the table, followed by Peking University — also in China — in the 23rd position and the National University of Singapore in the 25th spot.