19 October 2017

The Center for World University Rankings, formerly based in Jeddah but now in the United Arab Emirates, has released its latest global rankings.

The methodology is quite distinctive. There are eight indicators that claim to measure the quality of education and training and the prestige of faculty members.

These are the eight indicators:

  • Quality of education measured by international awards won by alumni
  • Alumni employment measured by the number of alumni holding CEO positions in major companies
  • Quality of faculty measured by international awards won by faculty members
  • Publications measured by papers in academic journals
  • Citations measured by frequently cited papers
  • Influence measured by citations in high quality journals
  • Broad impact measured by institutional h-index
  • Patents measured by international patent filing.

These rankings are quite stable from year to year. The top five, which are the same as last year, are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. University of Oxford.

Harvard is first in all categories except for patents where the top spot goes to MIT.

Over the last three years the number of US universities in the top 1,000 has fallen slightly from 229 to 225 while the number of Chinese universities has increased from 84 to 97.

 The top universities in selected regions and countries (world rank in brackets) are:

Arab region; King Saud University (560)

Asia; University of Tokyo (13)

Australia; University of Sydney (74)

Brazil; University of São Paulo (148)

Canada; University of Toronto (28)

China; Peking University (54)

Eastern Europe; Lomonosov Moscow State University (97)

France; Ecole Polytechnique (35)

Germany; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (71)

India; University of Delhi (397)

Middle East; Hebrew University of Jerusalem (27)

South Africa; University of the Witwatersrand (181)

Southeast Asia; National University of Singapore (61)

Center for World University Rankings

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