Round University Ranking Introduces New Methodology

The latest edition of Round University Ranking was published in Tbilisi, Georgia. The current methodology, which has changed significantly from last year, is based on twenty indicators in four categories as follows:

Teaching; Academic staff per student and per bachelor degrees, doctoral degrees per academic staff and per bachelor degrees, and online visibility measured by mentions in Google Search

Research; Citations per faculty, share of graduate degrees, normalized citation impact, papers per faculty, and social media visibility

International diversity; Share of international staff, share of international co-authored papers, new media impact, and international level

Financial sustainability; Income per faculty and per students, research income per faculty and per institutional income, and financial stability level.

Some highlights of the ranking are:

  • Harvard has returned to top position, displacing California Institute of Technology
  • Peking University has risen to seventh place from eleventh last year
  • Karolinska Institute has fallen from fifth to twenty-seventh place
  • Imperial College remains ahead of Oxford and Cambridge.

The top five universities this year are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. California Institute of Technology
  3. Stanford University
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Imperial College London.


The top universities in the indicator groups are:

Teaching; Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Research; Harvard University

International diversity; Imperial College London

Financial sustainability; Istanbul Technical University.

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