23 August 2019
The Center for World University Rankings was based in Jeddah but has now moved to the United Arab Emirates. The Center publishes world university rankings, country rankings and subject rankings. These rankings avoid surveys and information submitted by institutions. Instead they assess Quality of Education, Alumni Employment, Quality of Faculty, and Research Performance through publicly accessible databases. The results are fairly similar to conventional research-based rankings with the upper levels dominated by British and American universities.
It is noticeable that Japanese and Israeli universities perform very well here. The University of Tokyo is 13th overall and 6th for alumni employment. The Weizmann Institute of Science is 58th and 17th for quality of education.
The top five this year are:
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Stanford University
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- Columbia University
- Princeton University
- University of California Berkeley
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Chicago.
The Quality of Education (weighting 25%) is measured by international awards won by alumni, Alumni Employment (25%) by the number of alumni holding CEO posts, Quality of Faculty (10%) by international awards won by faculty, Research Performance (40%) by the number of research papers, research papers in top tier journals, research papers in influential journals, and highly cited papers.