28 May 2018
The latest global rankings from the Center for World University Rankings have just been published. The Center is a private, non-profit group that was founded in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, by Nadim Mahassen in 2012 and originally ranked 100 global universities. The rankings are now published from the United Arab Emirates and cover 1,000 universities.
The CWUR rankings are distinctive in that they use publicly available information and avoid data from surveys or submitted by institutions. They also attempt to measure graduate quality through alumni in CEO positions and international awards won by alumni relative to institutional size.
The methodology has, however, undergone significant changes. The weighting for these indicators has been reduced while that for four research indicators -- Research Output measured by the number of research papers, Quality Publications measured by papers in “top tier” journals, Influence measured by papers in “highly influential” journals, and Citations measured by highly cited papers – has been increased to 55 percent.
The top five universities in the 2018-19 rankings, unchanged since last year, are:
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford.
The top universities in the BRICS countries are:
Brazil; University of Sāo Paulo
Russia; Moscow State University
India; Indian Institute of Science
China: Peking University
South Africa; University of Cape Town.
It is interesting that universities in Hong Kong and Singapore perform relatively poorly in these rankings, apparently because of low or very low scores for Quality of Education, Quality of Faculty and Alumni Employment.