Your ideal holiday reading is here. Freshly minted as a special summer holiday treat, we have the very latest ARWU league table. As in previous editions there really is very little to get you out of your sun lounger as this is a league table where things remain pretty stable from year to year. The full rankings are now available at the ARWU website.
There are really very few surprises here therefore and yet again almost no movement in the top 20 with Harvard retaining the number 1 spot and everyone else just about unchanged too. There is one new entry to the top 20 and the biggest jump inside the 20 is the University of Washington which climbs two places to 13. Johns Hopkins & Berkeley both drop 2. The press release adds a little more background to Harvard’s 15th table-topping year:
Harvard University remains the number one in the world for the 15th year. Stanford continues to be the second top university. The University of Cambridge overtakes MIT and Berkeley and raises to the third best university in the world. Washington University in St. Louis enters the top 20 for the first time. ETH Zurich (19th) in Switzerland continues to be the top ranked university in Continental Europe this year, followed by University of Copenhagen (30th) in Denmark and Pierre and Marie Curie University (40th) in France. Tokyo university is ranked 24th and is still the highest ranked university in Asia. Tsinghua University (48th) enters the top 50 for the first time and becomes the third top ranked Asian universities behind Kyoto University (35th). University of Melbourne (39th) tops other universities in Oceania.
Here is the world top 20:
|3||4||University of Cambridge||UK|
|4||5||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||USA|
|5||3||University of California, Berkeley||USA|
|7||7||University of Oxford||UK|
|9||8||California Institute of Technology||USA|
|10||10||University of Chicago||USA|
|12||12||University of California, Los Angeles||USA|
|13||15||University of Washington||USA|
|15||14||University of California, San Diego||USA|
|16||17||University College London||UK|
|17||18||University of Pennsylvania||USA|
|18||16||John Hopkins University||USA|
|19||19||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich||Switzerland|
|20||23||Washington University in St Louis||USA|
This ranking doesn’t use a huge number of criteria, only six:
Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution. For each indicator, the highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score. The distribution of data for each indicator is examined for any significant distorting effect; standard statistical techniques are used to adjust the indicator if necessary.
There is much more detail on the methodology here for those interested in the minutiae.
There has also been very little movement in the UK positions but Cambridge has nudged further ahead and Cardiff has entered the top 100.
|Country Rank||Institution||World Rank|
|1||University of Cambridge||3|
|2||University of Oxford||7|
|3||University College London||16|
|4||Imperial College London||27|
|5||The University of Edinburgh||32|
|6||The University of Manchester||38|
|7||King's College London||46|
|8||University of Bristol||61|
|10--17||The University of Glasgow||101--150|
|10--17||The University of Sheffield||101--150|
|10--17||University of Birmingham||101--150|
|10--17||University of Leeds||101--150|
|10--17||University of Liverpool||101--150|
|10--17||University of Nottingham||101--150|
|10--17||University of Southampton||101--150|
|10--17||University of Warwick||101--150|
|18--20||London School of Economics and Political Science||151--200|
|18--20||Queen Mary University of London||151--200|
|18--20||University of Exeter||151--200|
Reach for another cocktail, then, and put your feet up until the next time.
The complete rankings, subject tables and detailed methodologies can be found at ShanghaiRanking’s website.