Küplü, Turkey – For the ninth year in a row Harvard University has been ranked as the top global university by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). This year, the global top-10 is as follows (with last year’s rankings in parentheses):

  1. Harvard University (1)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2)
  3. Stanford University (3)
  4. University of Cambridge (4)
  5. University of Oxford (5)
  6. Columbia University (6)
  7. Princeton University (7)
  8. University of Pennsylvania (9)
  9. University of Chicago (10)
  10. Yale University (12)

CWUR grades universities on seven factors without relying on surveys and university data submissions: quality of teaching, alumni employment, quality of faculty, research output, high-quality publications, influence, and citations.

The US has eight representatives in the top-10, which has been the case since the rankings started in 2012, and is the most represented country in the top 2000 with 357 universities, including three from Puerto Rico. All Ivy League institutions feature in the top 60 this year. In China, the number of universities in the top 2000 is 267 – with 258 from mainland China, 7 from Hong Kong, and 2 from Macau. While Peking and Tsinghua declined slightly, the rest of the C9 League saw improvements this year. Japan, led by the University of Tokyo in 14th place, has 126 top-2000 institutions.

The University of Cambridge leaps for the first time to top spot globally in quality of education, and ranks as the top public university in the world for the 6th year in a row. The number of UK institutions in the top 2000 this year is 95. France, led by PSL University at number 21, has 82 representatives in the top 2000.

46 institutions from Russia, led by Moscow State University at number 193, feature in the top 2000. Elsewhere, the University of Melbourne ranks first in Oceania, the University of São Paulo tops Latin America, and the University of Cape Town ranks highest in Africa.

World University Rankings 2019-20

For the eighth year in a row Harvard has been ranked as the top global university by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). This year, the global top-10 is as follows (with last year’s rankings in parentheses):

  1. Harvard University (1)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3)
  3. Stanford University (2)
  4. University of Cambridge (4)
  5. University of Oxford (5)
  6. Columbia University (8)
  7. Princeton University (7)
  8. University of California, Berkeley (6)
  9. University of Pennsylvania (13)
  10. University of Chicago (10)

The US has eight representatives in the top-10, which has been the case since the rankings started in 2012, and 358 out of the top 2000. All Ivy League institutions feature in the top 50 this year. In China, the number of universities in the top 2000 is 249. All nine universities of the C9 League saw improvements this year. Japan, led by the University of Tokyo in 13th place, has 130 top-2000 institutions.

France, led by the École Polytechnique at number 32, has 95 representatives in the top 2000. In the United Kingdom, 13 of the 24 members of the Russell Group lost ground compared to last year. The University of Cambridge ranks as the top public university in the world for the 6th year in a row. The number of UK representatives in the top 2000 is 94.

19 universities from Russia, led by Moscow State University at number 222, feature in the top 2000. Elsewhere, the University of Melbourne ranks first in Oceania, the University of São Paulo tops Latin America, and the University of Cape Town ranks highest in Africa.

World University Rankings 2018-19

For the seventh year in a row Harvard has been ranked as the top global university by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). This year, the global top-10 is as follows (with last year’s rankings in parentheses):

  1. Harvard University (1)
  2. Stanford University (2)
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3)
  4. University of Cambridge (4)
  5. University of Oxford (5)
  6. University of California, Berkeley (7)
  7. Princeton University (9)
  8. Columbia University (6)
  9. California Institute of Technology (11)
  10. University of Chicago (8)

The US has eight representatives in the top-10, which has been the case since the rankings started in 2012, and 213 out of the top 1000. The number of Chinese universities in the top 1000 is 108 institutions this year, up from 97 in 2017 and 90 in 2016. Seven out of the nine institutions of the C9 League saw improvements this year.

The top 10 UK universities have all improved or maintained places compared to last year. Of the 24 members of the Russell Group, only four have lost ground. The University of Cambridge ranks as the top public university in the world for the 5th year in a row. The number of French institutions in the top 1000 is now 58, up from 44 last year. Sorbonne University is the top French institution this year, ranking 29th worldwide.

Two German universities, Heidelberg and Munich, enter the top 50 for the first time, with nine of the top ten German institutions improving their rankings from last year. Only five universities from Russia, led by Moscow State University at number 126, feature in the top 1000. Elsewhere, the University of Melbourne ranks first in Oceania, the University of São Paulo tops Latin America, and the University of Cape Town ranks highest in Africa.

The US leads with 213 universities in the top 1000, followed by China (108), the United Kingdom (62), France (58), and Japan (56). Germany (54), Italy (45), Spain (38), South Korea (35), and Canada (28) round up the top 10 countries. In total, 61 countries have representatives in the top 1000.

Methodology: The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators to rank the world’s universities:

1) Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major academic distinctions relative to the university’s size (25%)
2) Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held top executive positions at the world’s largest companies relative to the university’s size (25%)
3) Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%)
4) Research Performance:
i) Research Output, measured by the the total number of research papers (10%)
ii) High-Quality Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
iii) Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (10%)
iv) Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers (10%)