Nearly quarter of the world’s top 200 universities are led by women, according to an analysis of the Times Higher Education (THE). The analysis is based on last year’s Times Higher Education global university ranking.
Last year, this number was 43.
Although only around a quarter of the top 200 universities are run by women, Oxford University, which tops the Times Higher Education global university ranking, has a female leader, as does MIT, which is ranked 5th. In addition, University of California, Berkeley, which is in the top 10 (No. 8), also has a female leader, according to THE’s analysis.
The latest global ranking of nearly 1800 universities by Times Higher Education, published last autumn, included 11 Hungarian institutions. Only one of them, the University of Miskolc, has a female leader. In other words, the proportion of female leaders at major universities in Hungary is less than 10 percent, compared with a global figure of around 25 percent.
Zita Horváth has been rector of the University of Miskolc since February 2021. The historian was Deputy State Secretary for Higher Education from 2017 to 2020.
Two institutions, the University of Szeged and Semmelweis University (SE), have female chancellors: Judit Fendler in Szeged and Lívia Pavlik at SE.
If we look at smaller Hungarian institutions other than the 11 universities included in THE’s ranking, we found more female leaders. The following higher education institutions have women rectors: