The Center for World University Rankings is now based in the United Arab Emirates, having migrated from Saudi Arabia. It has a distinctive methodology based on public information rather than surveys or data submitted by institutions.
There are four indicators:
- Quality of education measured by the number of alumni who have won major academic awards relative to the university’s size (25% weighting)
- Alumni employment measured by the number of alumni who hold CEO positions in the world’s largest companies (25%)
- Quality of faculty measured by number of faculty who have won major awards (10%)
- Research performance (40%) including number of papers, papers in top tier journals, papers in highly influential journals, and highly cited papers.
These rankings are generally stable at the top with few changes in recent years. The USA occupy 16 of the top 20 places, with the others being held by Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, and the University of Tokyo. Harvard is in first place overall and for Alumni employment, Quality of faculty and Research performance and Cambridge is first for Quality of education.
The top five universities in various countries are:
USA; Harvard University
Canada; University of Toronto
Mexico; National Autonomous University of Mexico
Brazil; University of Sāo Paulo
Egypt; Cairo University
Nigeria; University of Ibadan
Germany; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
France; PSL University
Russia; Lomonosov State university
China; Peking University
South Korea; Seoul National University
Indonesia; University of Indonesia
India; Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.